On these Thursday, these are the stories making headlines.

House Democrats ascendant, set to check Trump’s power

Democrats on Tuesday captured the House of Representatives and are set to exert a major institutional check on President Donald Trump, while breaking the Republican monopoly on power and ushering in a younger, more female and more racially diverse political generation.

7 takeaways from election night 2018

The votes are cast — and, mostly, counted.

Who really won?

Both parties made gains in the midterms — but which did best? Commentators weigh in on the meaning of the results, and what’s next for America.

‘Single-use’ is Collins’ word of the year 2018

Other words chosen for the dictionary maker’s long list include: plogging, vegan, Me Too, gaslight and floss.

Champions League: Barca held by Inter

Barcelona qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare despite being held 1-1 by Inter Milan in the San Siro.

Your Grandma may be old, but that doesn’t mean you will be, researchers say

Think you’ll be around for a long time because Grandma lived to a ripe old age? Not so fast: Genetics has only a small impact on longevity, a new study involving more than 400 million people suggests. Longevity is mostly decided by lifestyle, with less than 10% down to DNA, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Genetics.

LIVE: See results as they come in

Interactive maps and charts showing winners and losers in all the Senate, House and governor races.

What this all means for Trump

Democrats will obstruct and investigate him in Congress – but it wasn’t all bad news for the president.

US man pleads guilty to killing his family

Chris Watts, 33, makes a plea deal over his wife and daughters’ murders to avoid the death penalty.

Heathrow disruption after runway lights fault

Travellers are advised to check their flight status with their airline before going to the airport.

Ryanair sacks staff who ‘slept on floor’

The airline says a “fake” image of cabin crew sleeping at a Spanish airport damaged its reputation.

Stakes high as US votes in mid-terms

Live updates as millions of Americans head to vote in a poll widely seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency.

Mission Accomplished For Democrats, But Not Without Disappointment

The party’s first task was to win back the House. But losses in Senate and governor’s races will sting.

Sean Hannity Hypes Trump Again, Says Democrats Winning House ‘Is Meaningless’

The Fox News host, who had campaigned on stage with Trump, called midterm elections a “great night.”

‘Who Wants To Tell Him?’: Twitter Users Mock Trump’s ‘Tremendous Success’ Claim

The president’s critics didn’t find his declaration of victory to be very convincing.

Dennis Hof, Dead Brothel Owner From Nevada, Just Won In A Landslide

The Nevada Republican Party will now be responsible for filling the dead man’s office.

George Clooney Auctioning Off Harley-Davidson And Giving Up Motorcycle Riding

The actor is raising money for a veterans charity called Homes for Our Troops.

Apple is no longer a $1 trillion company

Apple is no longer worth $1 trillion amid changes to how the company will report sales and a reported less-than-expected iPhone XR demand.

Oppo R17 Pro has a triple camera and a dual battery

Oppo’s new flagship smartphone has a number of interesting features we haven’t seen on other phones.

Samsung hints at foldable smartphone with very obvious logo change

Samsung is dropping more hints that point towards its long-rumored foldable smartphone.

The New York Times’ election needle is broken and people are having a total meltdown

Let’s be real: This is better for everyone’s mental health.