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Presidential hopefuls jockey even before congressional elections
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House. With control of the Senate at stake, the months leading up to the mid-term elections offer a clearer window on a cro...
By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages
MILWAUKEE — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a rais...
By Jim Kuhnhenn The Associated Press FULL STORY
Surly 2014 electorate seem poised to ‘keep the bums in’
WASHINGTON — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to “keep the bums in,” with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4. With les...
By Donna Cassata The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into “a big grave” for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town. Nouri al-Maliki made the comments du...
By Sameer N. Yacoub The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.N. backs inquiry of Islamic State group’s alleged crimes
GENEVA — The U.N.’s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government’s request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq. Diplomats agreed by unanimous ...
By John Heilprin The Associated Press FULL STORY
Community service eyed for Brooklyn Bridge stunt
NEW YORK — A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service — like cleaning a bridge. Yaroslav Kolchin was arrested Sunday after he climbed to the top of the bridge to take pictures. He was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Third tourist cited for flying drone in Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — For the third time this summer, Yellowstone National Park rangers have cited a tourist for illegally flying a drone in the park. Park officials said Friday that Donald Criswell of Molalla, Oregon, flew an unmanned aircraft over Midway Geyser Basin and near bison ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth
SYDNEY — Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn’t the wooliest of them all. The sheep apparently had been hiding for years on a farm on the island state of Tasmania and had never been shorn. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursd...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police: Utah suspect swallows stolen ring
OREM, Utah — Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it. Police say an X-ray clearly showed the ring inside the stomach of 25-year-old Christina Schlegel. Investigators say 29-year-old Bryan Ford had been e...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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