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Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote....

Glossary of extremists in Mideast and Africa
President Barack Obama presses ahead with his campaign to diminish and eventually defeat Islamic State group extremists in Iraq and Syria, but the list of radical Islamic elements the United States and many of its coalition allies are fighting does not stop there. Violent radicals inspired by al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden pepper the map from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic....

Loser to Sen. Thad Cochran files appeal arguments
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran....

At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year....

House GOP repackages election-year bills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In case you missed them the first time, House Republicans have passed an election-year package of tax cuts, regulation reductions and, once again, a tweak to President Barack Obama's health law. As before, they stand no chance of becoming law....

GOP holds Hagan to standard she used in 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Six years ago, little-known North Carolina state legislator Kay Hagan upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole after Hagan and her Democratic allies drilled in voters' minds the idea that Dole was too closely aligned to an unpopular president....

Court ruling won't end Kansas Senate dispute
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Democratic leaders in Kansas face another legal battle aimed at forcing them to pick a new U.S. Senate candidate, after the state Supreme Court removed their nominee from the ballot in a move that could hurt three-term incumbent Pat Roberts and Republican hopes for a Senate majority....

Senate races: Democrats decry birth control plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When a handful of Republican Senate candidates called for oral contraceptives to be sold without a prescription, Democrats cried foul....

Congress OKs bill to cut rape evidence backlog
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases....

Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president....

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