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House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute....

Early votes: High interest buoys Clinton in key states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely benefactor, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide....

Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) -- Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump showed no sign Wednesday of making any big changes before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton, pressing ahead with a strategy focused on speaking directly to his white working-class loyalists across the Midwest....

The Latest: Trump counts Christian conservatives in IA crowd
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):...

Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) -- The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group's main stronghold for more than two years. The offensive, starting as soon as October, looms as a decisive moment for Iraq and for President Barack Obama's much-criticized strategy to defeat IS....

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases
DENVER (AP) -- Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found....

FBI director: More 'attempted intrusions' in voter databases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Wednesday there have been additional "attempted intrusions" in voter registration databases beyond what was previously known, and that the agency is looking "very, very hard" at Russian hackers who may try to disrupt the U.S. election....

Pentagon: Tests confirm no mustard agent in Iraq attack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says that an Islamic State rocket that hit a military base used by hundreds of U.S. troops in northern Iraq did not contain any sulfur chemical agent, as initially feared....

Why the US economy isn't quite the weakling Trump says it is
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States isn't exactly the economic doormat Donald Trump decries in his campaign rhetoric....

Trump's stance on nuclear restraint is ambiguous
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue. On the other hand, his words - by design or coincidence - mirror the nub of a policy argument the administration is wrestling with in the final months of Barack Obama's presidency....

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Pentagon: Tests confirm no mustard agent in Iraq attack

Obama: Veto override 'a mistake' and 'a political vote'

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House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system

Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation

FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe

Filings show DNC host committee raised over $85M for event

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