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US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola
ATLANTA (AP) -- Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is growing exponentially in a region overwhelmed by the deadly virus....

House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The agency responsible for safety on the nation's roads was years late in detecting a deadly problem with General Motors cars and lacks the expertise to oversee increasingly complex vehicles, congressional Republicans charged in a report Tuesday....

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress began debating Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels....

Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal dispute that could affect the national fight for control of the Senate....

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming....

EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The agency said it was still aiming to finalize the rules by next summer....

Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer....

Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential....

NJ Gov. Chris Christie visiting South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest possible presidential contender to visit South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South....

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections....

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