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GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky....

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials....

Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections....

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict....

Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund that's escaped sanctions in spite of international efforts to punish Russia for its incursions in Ukraine....

No place like home: Senate foes raise questions
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate....

EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent....

New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans....

Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria
DALLAS (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq - but other potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls laid off as they wowed the crowd at an influential conservative gathering....

Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) -- President Barack Obama blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, as he urged like-minded Democrats on Friday to show up for November's midterm elections....

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