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On Friday’s NewsHour…

PLANE SEARCHED FOR SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES | A UPS cargo plane out of Yemen bound for Chicago was grounded when suspicious packages were found on board. Kwame Holman has more on what President Obama called a ‘credible terrorist threat’.

MICHIGAN VOTERS FIERCELY INDEPENDENT | The sluggish economy is the key factor for voters in the swing districts of Michigan. Special Correspondent Betsy Stark reports on the close House race.

ALASKA, WEST VIRGINIA CANDIDATES BATTLE FOR SENATE | Judy Woodruff talks with reporters about two important races that could help shape the senate. In Alaska, Republican contender Lisa Murkowski isn’t on the ballot but still leading a write-in campaign and West Virginia’s Senate race is closing in on Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS | Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks give pre-election analysis on next week’s upcoming midterms.

ROBOTS WITH HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS | How close are we to being replaced by robots? NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on efforts being made to build robots that are eerily similar to humans.

Friday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff. Hari Sreenivasan has the day’s other top news stories and look at the Web features. On the Rundown, Miles O’Brien gives more details on the engineering behind the ‘Big Dog’ robot and other emerging robotic technologies. Plus, Gwen Ifill outlines five key questions for election night on the Politics page.

Also on Art Beat, Jeffrey Brown talks to sculptor Elizabeth Turk, on this year’s MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ award winners.

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