Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu heads into a Dec. 6 runoff as a clear underdog, struggling for another six-year term against a wave of conservatism and Republicans looking to pad their new Senate majority.

Authorities did not give details about the alleged scam, but say hundreds of people in Louisiana and other states were defrauded out of more than $1 million.

The Louisiana U.S. House races on Tuesday's ballot were mostly dreary matters by the state's historically colorful standards, with incumbents in line for easy re-election in four of six districts.

The university wants to increase its research and development spending to $100 million per year over the next five years.

Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't certain to know her political fate after the polls close in Louisiana's tight Senate race.

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