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Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

  INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — 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 Harkin’s annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines. Though Clinton is the favorite for [...]

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Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate. Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee [...]

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Vietnam soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War. The medals will be given to Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat. Adkins, who served 22 years and lives in Alabama, planned [...]

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Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — 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 Harkin’s annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines. Though Clinton is the favorite for the [...]

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INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs

  WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 tougher for states to enact their own regulations. Many states already have acted on their own — [...]

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Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

  CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — 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 to the Silver State. The “gigafactory” is expected to bring more than 20,000 [...]

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Gillespie, McCain campaign in Norfolk

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Hoping to rally support among Virginia’s veterans, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie campaigned with former GOP presidential nominee John McCain at a Veterans of Foreign War post in Hampton Roads on Wednesday. The Hampton Roads region serves as a home to every branch of the military and has a large [...]

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More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

GUEN, Central African Republic (AP) — There are no headstones to mark these graves, no loving words, nothing to tell the world who lies in these two giant pits full of bodies, or why. Yet a handful of village elders are determined that nobody will be forgotten. These old men, their eyes clouded by cataracts [...]

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Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

  BAGHDAD (AP) — France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq’s new prime minister said after talks with the French president on Friday Sept 12. Haider al-Abadi’s remarks came after talks with Francois Hollande, who was in Baghdad [...]

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Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

  WASHINGTON (AP) — As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush’s administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, U.S. fighter jets and [...]

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Navy searches for pilot after jets crash into sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials say two U.S. Navy jets have crashed into the western Pacific Ocean and that one pilot was rescued and a search is on for the other. The F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets were from Carrier Air Wing 17 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The air [...]

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