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McConnell, Grimes both get public pay to campaign

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for drawing her state paycheck while away from work to campaign. Left unsaid in the new TV ad is that McConnell appears to be taking his government salary while campaigning, too. (...)
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Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities. (...)
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Obama dines with fundraising contest winners

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates. (...)
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Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. (...)
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US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians. (...)
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Texas appeals court upholds DeLay reversal

AP-heads-latest5-congress - 20 min 16 sec ago
HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. (...)
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Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

AP-heads-latest5-congress - 20 min 16 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was suffering an ordeal worse than his two combat tours in Afghanistan. (...)
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Court blocks part of new North Carolina voting law

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 35 min 1 sec ago
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Parts of North Carolina's new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month's elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. (...)
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McConnell, Grimes both get public pay to campaign

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 35 min 1 sec ago
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for taking her taxpayer salary while campaigning for the U.S. Senate. But McConnell is getting even more government pay while he serves in the Senate and campaigns for a sixth term. (...)
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Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 35 min 1 sec ago
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats are not required to field a candidate this fall against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a state court decided Wednesday in a boost for independent Greg Orman and a blow to the GOP's hopes of capturing a majority. (...)
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AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 5 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped campaigns from trying to appeal on other topics as well. Here's a look at what voters think on the top issues of the election cycle. (...)
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US OKs $1.75 billion arms sale to Saudi

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 5 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved a $1.75 billion sale of Patriot missiles and associated items to Saudi Arabia to bolster the air defenses of the key U.S. ally in the Arab world. (...)
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Court blocks part of new North Carolina voting law

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 5 min ago
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Parts of North Carolina's new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month's elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. (...)
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US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 5 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. (...)
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Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 5 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. (...)
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Texas appeals court upholds DeLay reversal

AP-heads-latest5-congress - 1 hour 19 min ago
HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. (...)
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US sharply criticizes new Israeli construction

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 34 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a strikingly sharp public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians. (...)
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US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 34 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system. (...)
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How the AP-GfK Poll was conducted

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 34 min ago
The Associated Press-GfK poll on the midterm elections was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications September 25-29. It is based on online interviews of 1,845 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. (...)
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Civilian casualty standard eased in Iraq, Syria

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - 1 hour 34 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured." (...)
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