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Senate candidates in Kan. seek to bolster support

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A high-profile endorsement in hand in the unlikeliest of battleground states, veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts sought to bolster support in Kansas’ rural west, where he needs to win big to fend off independent challenger Greg Orman. Roberts, who’s defending his seat against charges that he’s lost touch with Kansans, added [...]

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Police brutality claims shadow Tunisia elections

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — When Mohammed Ali Snoussi was arrested last month in Tunis, witnesses say, police beat him with truncheons, stripped him naked and threatened to rape him in broad daylight. The Interior Ministry said Snoussi was wanted for drug possession, trafficking and assaulting police. He lasted six days in police detention cells, [...]

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Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize

  STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege who campaigns against sexual violence targeting women in war. At Tuesday’s plenary session, the legislature made the unanimous decision to pick Mukwege for the Sakharov Prize. Mukwege, 59, set up the Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo’s [...]

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Aircraft carrier Bush to begin heading home to Va

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is set to begin heading to its homeport in Norfolk. According to the Navy, the ship was relieved in the Arabian Gulf by the carrier Carl Vinson on Saturday and should soon depart for home. The USS George H.W. Bush was deployed in mid-February. The [...]

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Obama announces plan to tighten card security

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans. Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips [...]

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Underdog Gillespie says he sees path to victory

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the final stretch of Elizabeth Dole’s successful 2002 Senate race in North Carolina, Ed Gillespie would get up every night at 2 a.m. to check on his candidate’s polling numbers. If the numbers were good, Gillespie, who was helping Dole’s campaign, would go back to sleep. If they were bad, [...]

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Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

  CHICAGO (AP) — As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to [...]

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Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs

  CHICAGO (AP) — Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois’ financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday. Like the previous two debates, the matchup between the Democratic incumbent and Republican venture capitalist got personal at times with Rauner [...]

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Obama pitches for votes on black radio

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North [...]

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Michelle Obama rallies voters in Iowa, Minnesota

  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama stumped for Democrats in Iowa and Minnesota Tuesday, calling on the young and minority voters who powered her husband’s rise to the presidency to help the party avoid a potentially bruising midterm election. Mrs. Obama first urged college students and supporters at the University of Iowa to [...]

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The Clintons, the Democrats’ 2014 super surrogates

  AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall, attending fundraisers and get-out-the-vote rallies [...]

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