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Senior Republican wants Secret Service chief out
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Republican lawmaker called for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to resign, and a senior Democrat said he is not comfortable with her leading the agency, as support for Pierson eroded Wednesday in the wake of her poorly received testimony about the White House break-in....

Obama, Netanyahu: Great challenges in Middle East
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities....

Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials....

US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats are publicly airing differences over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system....

Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S....

In Scott Walker race, he's the main issue
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The race for Wisconsin governor has all the appearances of a typical campaign, with attack ads airing and candidates arguing their proposals....

Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was suffering an ordeal worse than his two combat tours in Afghanistan....

Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages....

Christie: 3 questions drive decision on campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn't decided yet whether he'll run for president....

High court weighs same-sex marriage cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Same-sex couples in 11 more states would win the right to marry, but the issue would remain unsettled nationwide if the Supreme Court were to surprise everyone and decline to take up gay marriage right now....

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