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Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians

  WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president. The unusual stances taken by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and his GOP challenger, Dan Sullivan, [...]

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Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama [...]

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GOP holds Hagan to standard she used in 2008

  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Six years ago, little-known North Carolina state legislator Kay Hagan upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole after Hagan and her Democratic allies drilled in voters’ minds the idea that Dole was too closely aligned to an unpopular president. Footage of two older men in rocking chairs outside a country store talking about [...]

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Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote. The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest [...]

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UK to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

  LONDON (AP) — Voters in Scotland have rejected independence, but leaders of Britain’s three largest parties have promised Scots more autonomy than they have won so far. Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he also wants to give England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government. Here’s a look at how things [...]

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History books spark new Texas classroom battle

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation’s Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history [...]

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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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BC-US–Former Governor Trial,CORRECTIVE/1313

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story Sept. 4 about the public corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that ethics reform was passed this summer by a Republican-controlled General Assembly. The bills were passed in the spring, when Democrats controlled the state Senate. A [...]

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ECB action alone can’t lift gloom over Europe

  LONDON (AP) — Europe has gotten another dose of stimulus. But the latest medicine by itself will not bring life to an economy that over the past six years has slid from crisis to crisis. Though the European Central Bank surprised markets Thursday with the broad thrust of its stimulus measures, most economists think [...]

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Former Va. governor’s attorney vows to appeal

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kathleen L. Carmody said she voted for Bob McDonnell and thought he was “terrific for Virginia” as governor — but as a juror in McDonnell’s corruption trial, she was compelled to convict him. “The facts spoke for themselves,” she told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday, September 4, not [...]

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Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted Thursday, September 4, of taking bribes to promote a dietary supplement in a corruption case that derailed the career of the onetime rising Republican star and laid bare the couple’s broken marriage. A federal jury in Richmond convicted Bob McDonnell [...]

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