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House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

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The agency responsible for safety on the nation's roads was years late in detecting a deadly problem with General Motors cars and lacks the expertise to oversee increasingly complex vehicles, congressional Republicans... More>>

Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot

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Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday of a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal... More>>

Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential. More>>

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

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The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections. More>>

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

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The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama's expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic... More>>

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

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The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local... More>>

Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

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The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday. More>>

Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

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Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer. More>>

Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group

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Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. More>>

UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

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As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has... More>>

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

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A Syrian military plane crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of its residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S.... More>>

Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race

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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot, a dispute that could have a big effect on Republicans recapturing a... More>>

US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

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The Obama administration is declining to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. More>>

A look at US response to Ebola crisis

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A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis: More>>

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

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The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local... More>>

More children live to age 5, work still to be done

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More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday. More>>

Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority

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Senate Democrats' campaign arm, defending a narrow majority heading into November's elections, spent more than $14 million last month, committee aides said Tuesday. More>>

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

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Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. More>>

NJ Gov. Chris Christie visiting South Carolina

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest possible presidential contender to visit South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South. More>>

AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

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The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. More>>

Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage

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A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. More>>

New questions over abortion coverage in health law

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A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. More>>

House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

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Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President... More>>

White House backs use of body cameras by police

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Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of... More>>

First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

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U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy... More>>

US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

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The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers. More>>

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

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Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the... More>>

Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

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President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday. More>>

AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

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The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. More>>

GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder

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Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in... More>>

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

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Two Vietnam War soldiers - one still living, one killed in action - received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers... More>>

Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

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President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections. More>>

Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

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Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday. More>>

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

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Chicago, New York and Honolulu have made the short list to host Barack Obama's future presidential library. More>>

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

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Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and... More>>

Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

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Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73. More>>

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

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A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus. More>>

Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter ID

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Wisconsin election officials were scrambling Monday to deal with a federal appeals court's ruling reinstating the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots. More>>

Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem. More>>

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

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Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. More>>

Kerry to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

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Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York this week to chair a meeting of the United National Security Council on Iraq. More>>

US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

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The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there. More>>

White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

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The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them. More>>

Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

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The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, tea party favorite, foe of immigration legislation and the only Republican senator running in 2014... More>>

Prominent Egyptian activist freed on bail

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Worn out but smiling, a prominent Egyptian activist facing retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a draconian protest law walked out of a Cairo prison Monday after a court ordered him freed on bail. More>>

Correction: Hewlett-Packard-Russian Bribes story

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In a story Sept. 11 about a guilty plea in a Russian bribery case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the company involved. It was a Russian subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, not Hewlett-Packard Co. More>>

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

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Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory... More>>

Democracy? No, Afghans say, after vote count ends

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The ballot counting in Afghanistan's five-month-long presidential election is finished, but as negotiations continue over the country's future political power structure, many here are asking: Does my vote count? More>>

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

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Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. More>>

US creating programs to counter extremists

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The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs in cities around the country to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq, Attorney General Eric Holder... More>>

Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom... More>>

US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

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The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic. More>>

Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom... More>>

Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

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President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists. More>>

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an... More>>

Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016 presidential... More>>

Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

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Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party. More>>

From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe Video included

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He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor -... More>>

Anti-euro party strong in German state votes

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A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established... More>>

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

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Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate. More>>

Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone Video included

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President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More>>

Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

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Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker. More>>

Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan Video included

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As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next... More>>

US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire Video included

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Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing... More>>

US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over emails

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Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day. More>>

US Rep Sanford calls off engagement to 'soul mate'

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Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce. More>>

Lawyers for migrants? Administration says yes, no

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Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border - even as his department takes the opposite position in court. More>>

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

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Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal... More>>

Arizona candidate gives GOP's weekly radio address

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Arizona congressional candidate Andy Tobin said Saturday that rural Arizona and parts of the country have been forgotten by Washington. More>>

German gay rights activist beaten in Belgrade

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A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. More>>

Navy pilot missing after 2 jets crash into sea

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Two Navy fighter jets based in California crashed Friday in the far western Pacific Ocean, with one pilot safely ejecting but the other missing in the waters off the U.S. territory of Wake Island. More>>

Clinton wants more done to halt kidnappings

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Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday urged the United Nations to come up with a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the globe. More>>

Boehner promises support to new Iraqi leader

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Speaker John Boehner on Friday promised Iraq's prime minister that the House will provide the new government in Baghdad the U.S. assistance necessary to defeat Islamic militants. More>>

Appeals court reinstates Wisconsin's voter ID law

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In a stunningly fast decision, a federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law on Friday - just hours after three Republican-appointed judges heard arguments on reactivating the... More>>

Obama 'confident' of Islamic State group's defeat

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President Barack Obama cast the worldwide campaign he's leading to destroy the Islamic State group on Friday as part of a broader effort to root out extremism within the Muslim world, telling Jewish donors the U.S. "is... More>>

Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees

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In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide... More>>

Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

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More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers... More>>

Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

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Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide... More>>

US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

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As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next... More>>

Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

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European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. More>>

Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

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President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. More>>

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

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On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But... More>>

INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs

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The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles - but also make it... More>>

White House: New US mission a war as with al-Qaida

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The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates. More>>

Sen. Mark Udall visits flooded Colorado towns

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Fighting for his political life, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall marked the one-year anniversary of last year's devastating floods by visiting two battered villages northwest of Denver while his re-election campaign... More>>

Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps Video included

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President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton on Friday highlighted the benefits of volunteering as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program and welcomed the newest class... More>>

Senate GOP raises $6M in August, spends twice that

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Senate Republicans' campaign arm, which is looking to topple Democrats from their majority in November's elections, spent almost $13 million last month, committee aides said Friday. More>>

Clintons returning to Iowa amid 2016 speculation

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Hillary Rodham Clinton left Iowa on an "excruciating" night in 2008, the beginning of the end of her White House campaign. She returns for the first time this weekend, not quite yet running for president but sure to hear... More>>

US sanctions target key Russia economic sectors Video included

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The United States hit Russia Friday with a new round of economic sanctions, levying penalties on Russia's largest bank and expanding financing restrictions on major energy and defense companies. More>>

Syrian troops capture key central town

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Government forces have captured a central Syrian town that has changed hands several times during the civil war, the military and activists said Friday. More>>

US to restart limited adoption program in Vietnam

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Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions, both nations said Friday, six years after a ban was imposed because of allegations of widespread baby-selling and children offered without the... More>>

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

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Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion... More>>

Yahoo says gov't threatened $250,000 a day fine

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Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company... More>>

Teacher hurt when gun accidentally shatters toilet

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A Utah elementary school teacher who was carrying a concealed firearm at school was struck by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidentally fired in a faculty bathroom on Thursday, officials said. More>>

Obama addresses plight of Christians in Mideast

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President Barack Obama says it's important to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as the U.S. and its partners fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. More>>

Federal judge rejects Ohio campaign statements law

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A federal judge on Thursday struck down Ohio's law barring people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in a case that the U.S. Supreme Court said needed to be heard. More>>

US Senate rivals become reality show survivors

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Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, "Rival Survival." More>>

Across the years, Obama's 9/11 message varies

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Six times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at... More>>

Obama's request to combat militants draws support

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Bending for once to the will of the White House, Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday behind President Barack Obama's call to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and pointed toward... More>>

Feds tighten rules on workplace death reporting

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Tightening its standards, the government issued new regulations Thursday that will require managers to file a detailed report within eight hours on fatal workplace accidents. More>>

Obama chief of staff pledges action on immigration

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President Barack Obama will act on his own by year's end to remake the nation's fractured immigration system, and he will go as far as he can under the law, the White House chief of staff told frustrated Latino... More>>

Incumbent's loss upends Massachusetts' House race

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For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically... More>>

Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

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Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will... More>>

Obama's counter-terror fight faces high risk

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President Barack Obama's decision to expand airstrikes in Iraq and extend them to Syria raises a host of questions about how an intensified military campaign can achieve his goal of destroying the Islamic State group. More>>

APNewsBreak: US sharply cutting deportations

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President Barack Obama is on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, even as he has postponed until after Election Day his promised unilateral action that could shield millions more... More>>

House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

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House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections,... More>>

Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries Video included

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In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred. More>>

Biden returning to key presidential state of Iowa

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Vice President Joe Biden is returning to the key presidential state of Iowa next week, reminding voters not to count him out of the next presidential campaign. More>>

Senate kills constitutional amendment on elections

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Senate Republicans have killed a Democratic-written constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in election campaigns by corporations, wealthy individuals and candidates themselves. More>>

Senate women: No tolerance for domestic violence

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Sixteen female senators from both parties called on the National Football League Thursday to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence. More>>

Obama: US to step up economic penalties on Russia Video included

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. is moving ahead with tougher economic sanctions on Russia over what the U.S. says are Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine. More>>

Clintons organizing 10th annual global meeting

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Bill and Hillary Clinton are bringing together heads of state, business leaders and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon for their annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting. More>>

Cruz walks out after pro-Israel comments draw boos

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he walked out of a speech Wednesday night to a Christian organization after some audience members booed his comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people. More>>

Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state. More>>

Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

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The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say.... More>>

1 march, 11 sentences for Myanmar rights activist

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By marching through the traffic-choked streets of Myanmar's busiest city, handing out leaflets that lambasted the new nominally civilian government, Htin Kyaw showed how much the country has changed since emerging from... More>>

Homeland Security chief says ISIL not only threat

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The head of the Homeland Security Department says that while the surging Islamic State group is taking most U.S. attention now, officials must stay on top of other terrorist threats as well. More>>

Missouri lawmakers expand gun rights in schools

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Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns to schools and for residents to openly carry firearms, in a vote Thursday that capped a two-year effort by the Republican-led Legislature to expand gun... More>>

Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

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By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the... More>>

Congressional reaction to Obama's speech

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By The Associated Press Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to combat... More>>

Lawyers: Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

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An Austrian court has lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, and his wife, lawyers for the couple said late Wednesday. More>>

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time Video included

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Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless... More>>

Independent walks tightrope in Senate bid in Kan.

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Greg Orman, the suddenly relevant independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, is walking a tightrope in his campaign against GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, projecting himself as fresh and authentic while acknowledging that... More>>

Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

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The tea party may have learned its lesson. More>>

FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action Video included

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It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions... More>>

Congress questions Goodell actions on Rice video

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Members of Congress from both parties on Wednesday questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. More>>

Obama says military campaign will take time Video included

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President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria. More>>

Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq Video included

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President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities. More>>

GOP bill would avert fed shutdown till Dec. 11

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Republicans controlling the House unveiled a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep the government open into mid-December and provide $88 million to battle the Ebola outbreak. More>>

Republican women struggle to secure party's future

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Elise Stefanik is fighting to make history in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, an expanse of rural America in upstate New York that - like the Republican Party - is struggling to grow. More>>

Senators chide freight railroads on delays

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Senators and shippers complained Wednesday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are hurting a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business, and they expressed doubt that the railroad... More>>

Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

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The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad... More>>

Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

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In the run-up to a presidential address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Wednesday for a quick pre-election vote to approve the administration's request to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting terrorists... More>>

9 topless activists cleared in Notre Dame protest

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A Paris court on Wednesday threw out a legal complaint against nine activists who bared their breasts in a protest at Notre Dame Cathedral but ruled that three security guards who restrained the women were too violent. More>>

Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

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Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday. More>>

Senior Americans burdened with student debt

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Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social... More>>

First lady helps reopen White House Visitor Center

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The desk where President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his "fireside chats." An eagle ornamental feature from the top of the flagpole on the White House roof. A desk with an intercom system that allowed the chief White... More>>

Court adds gay marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

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The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29. More>>

GOP in uphill battle in Michigan US Senate fight

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Not so long ago, Republicans were giddy about winning U.S. Senate control in part by picking up a prized seat in Michigan held for more than three decades by a retiring Democratic lion, Sen. Carl Levin. More>>

Officials: No threat of Islamic State attack in US

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The Islamic State group doesn't pose an immediate threat of an attack in the United States, senior U.S. officials testified Wednesday, but warned that the danger from the militants is spreading beyond the Middle East... More>>

Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels Video included

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq. More>>

Senator: Congress must vote on fighting Islamists

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An independent member of the U.S. Senate is voicing uneasiness with the Obama administration's push toward a more fierce confrontation with Islamic militants, while criticizing Congress for doing too little. More>>

News Guide: Highlights of primary elections

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By The Associated Press Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. More>>

Democrat Moulton sets sights on congressional seat

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Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state's 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in a... More>>

After Brown wins GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen wasted no time contrasting Republican Scott Brown's recent arrival in New Hampshire to her deep connections and decades of service, running ads against him hours before he won the Republican... More>>

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition Video included

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President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to... More>>

US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

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In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state's 6th Congressional District. More>>

Rosa Parks' archive heads to Library of Congress

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Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years. More>>

News Guide: Primary election highlights

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By The Associated Press Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. More>>

Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

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The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company... More>>

Brown wins GOP primary in bid for US Senate return

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Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire's Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state. More>>

US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

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Nine-term U.S. Rep. John Tierney has conceded defeat to former Marine Seth Moulton after a hard-fought Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District. More>>

Justice Dept. watchdog complains of interference

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The Justice Department's inspector general said Tuesday that his staff is routinely blocked from getting access to documents it needs for audits and reviews of the department and its law enforcement agencies. More>>

Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

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Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National... More>>

Brown wins New Hampshire Republican Senate primary

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Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire's Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state. More>>

House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

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House Republicans moved Tuesday to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end. More>>

Court hears arguments over Walker-related probe

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Wisconsin prosecutors on Tuesday tried to persuade a federal appeals court to let them to resume their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign, in a case that touches on broader issues about just... More>>

Senate candidates in Colo. clash on foreign policy

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Turning more to foreign policy in a Senate race that has centered on domestic concerns, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner on Tuesday blamed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for not doing more to stop the rise of the terrorist... More>>

House condemns Obama for prisoner swap

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The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at... More>>

House votes to block EPA water rules

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The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands - an action that... More>>

Amid GOP fears, Kansas senator's campaign reboots

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Pat Roberts' quickly retooled Senate campaign is emerging, and it already sounds different from the quiet races he's run in the past. More>>

Study: Screening may benefit heavy-smoking seniors

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Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they're 65 or older - although they experience more false alarms, suggests an analysis that comes as Medicare is debating whether to... More>>

Study: Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion

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Many people newly insured by Medicaid under the federal health care law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms, one of the most expensive medical settings, a study released Monday concludes. More>>

Safety board finds multiple errors in UPS crash

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A fatal UPS cargo plane crash during a landing attempt last year was caused by pilots who made a series of errors and should have aborted the landing, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. More>>

Congress considers review of police military gear

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U.S. government programs to help local police agencies obtain military-grade equipment evolved in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but more than a decade later lawmakers are questioning why smalltown police... More>>

Bombing kills head, leaders of Syrian rebel group

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The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country's already shaky armed... More>>

Sen. Reid calls for apology for plantation remark

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he wants an apology from a GOP House member and Senate candidate who said that Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation." More>>

Biden: Domestic violence a stain on US character

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Vice President Joe Biden says violence against women is the ugliest form of violence there is. He's calling it a stain on America's national character that must be exposed and eliminated. More>>

NY lawmakers: Reauthorize 9/11 compensation law

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Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground zero. More>>

Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

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Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. More>>

GOP leader wants Obama to seek Hill OK for strike

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The top Senate Republican says President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for whatever he decides to do against Islamic State militants. More>>

US airstrikes in Iraq hit Islamic State vehicles

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The U.S. military says it launched five more airstrikes in support of Iraqi government troops and Sunni tribesmen protecting the Haditha Dam against fighters of the Islamic State group that controls parts of northern and... More>>

Boehner: Awaiting Obama strategy against militants Video included

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House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that Islamic State militants pose a serious threat that must be dealt with in Iraq, Syria or wherever they exist as he pressed President Barack Obama to spell out the U.S. strategy... More>>

College savings on the rise as plans average $20K

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The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close to getting a person a degree. More>>

Senator: US must take on Islamic State militants

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says it's critically important that the United States strongly confront the insurgent Islamic State organization. More>>

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