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Report says 60,000 veterans get triple benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 60,000 veterans were triple dippers last year, drawing a total of $3.5 billion in military retirement pay plus veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, congressional auditors report....

Once sleepy campaign issue, education gains clout
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Middle school art teacher Cynthia Bliss laced up her sneakers, grabbed a jacket and spent most of a recent Saturday asking strangers to help her oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office....

Alaska mine project splits major state industries
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A potential copper and gold mine at the headwaters of one of the world's richest salmon runs is both an environmentalist rallying cry and a potent issue in development-happy Alaska that could help Democratic Sen. Mark Begich survive a strong re-election challenge....

Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's health care law five years ago....

Georgia, North Carolina midterms: Race matters
ATLANTA (AP) -- With Republicans confident of reclaiming control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats are looking to black voters in two southern states to help preserve their majority....

Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office
CHICAGO (AP) -- At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet....

Early votes exceed 15 million _ but who benefits?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stake....

Military service members complain about sex survey
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some in the U.S. military are complaining about a sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete....

Mostly treats at White House for Halloween
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There were mostly treats at the White House this Halloween....

Democrats in tight New England governor races
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Facing a darkening political climate, Democrats are locked in competitive governor races across New England as Republicans push their midterm offensive into one of the nation's last Democratic strongholds....

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