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  • Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the run-up to a presidential address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Wednesday for a quick pre-election vote to approve the administration's request to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting terrorists seeking an Islamic state in the Middle East. House...

  • First lady helps reopen White House Visitor Center

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The desk where President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his "fireside chats." An eagle ornamental feature from the top of the flagpole on the White House roof. A desk with an intercom system that allowed the chief White House usher to contact staff in other parts of the...

  • Senior Americans burdened with student debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments....

  • Court adds gay marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29. The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex...

  • Officials: No threat of Islamic State attack in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group doesn't pose an immediate threat of an attack in the United States, senior U.S. officials testified Wednesday, but warned that the danger from the militants is spreading beyond the Middle East to Europe and other parts of the world. They have the...

  • McConnell: Obama needs plan for Islamic militants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is a rather reluctant commander in chief who needs a plan to defeat Islamic State terrorists. In remarks several hours Wednesday before Obama's scheduled prime-time speech, the Kentucky lawmaker said the...

  • Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq. Speaking several hours before Obama's planned prime-time address...

  • Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal...

  • Senator: Congress must vote on fighting Islamists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent member of the U.S. Senate is voicing uneasiness with the Obama administration's push toward a more fierce confrontation with Islamic militants, while criticizing Congress for doing too little. Maine's Sen. Angus King, who organizes with the Democratic caucus,...

  • Rosa Parks' archive heads to Library of Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years. Library officials announced Tuesday night that Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor...



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