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  • Kerry: Assad used chlorine gas on Syrian rebels

    Syria's Bashar Assad has violated last year's chemical weapons pact by using chlorine gas in the civil war raging in that country, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

  • Why is it 'victim-blaming' to suggest ways to defend against rape and sexual assault?

    Police departments across the country provide tips to help prevent a whole host of crimes. Are they engaged in victim-blaming?

  • 7.3 million enrolled in Obamacare

    As of August, there are 7.3 million people enrolled through the Obamacare exchanges, a top Obama administration official said Thursday.

  • Environmental group to push turnout for midterm elections

    The League of Conservation Voters plans to spend a "majority" of the $25 million it has raised for the November elections on its Senate ground game, largely by targeting 1.5 million "drop-off voters" who typically don't participate in midterm elections and tend to be younger, Hispanic and female.

  • Poroshenko: 'Live up to your promise'

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reminded the U.S. of its prior commitment to help his country protect its territory and asked Congress to give it the highest level of security status that a non-NATO ally could obtain.

  • OMG: Limbaugh's 'Jesus' banished from NYT best seller list

    The New York Times Book Review has banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh's latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books.

  • France to provide air support in Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — France has agreed to provide air support requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group fighters who've captured swathes of the country, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday. Hollande stressed that France would not go beyond providing air...

  • Stocks creep higher on encouraging news

    The U.S. stock market is higher in midday trading as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it's in no rush to raise interest rates. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is up 7 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,009...

  • Christie stumps in three states

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will continue his nationwide tour with stops in Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

  • Paul Ryan: We’re working to change the rules for tax reform

    Ryan, the presumed successor to retiring Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp if the GOP holds the House of Representatives in November, said Thursday that "there are two things that we are working on right now" to help him succeed where Camp fell short in pushing comprehensive tax reform.

  • Clinton seeks to avoid Iowa '08 missteps

    Some Clinton allies argue the result in the 2008 caucuses was not as dismal as a third-place finish suggests, and that Clinton could have won in a normal, non-Obama year -- but Clinton isn't taking any chances.

  • French president agrees to Iraqi request for air support against Islamic State group

    PARIS (AP) — French president agrees to Iraqi request for air support against Islamic State group .

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan jumped to 4.23 percent from 4.12 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a...

  • Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows....

  • Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly. Construction fell 14.4 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual...



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