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AP-GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy....

AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped campaigns from trying to appeal on other topics as well. Here's a look at what voters think on the top issues of the election cycle....

Sullivan grilled during fisheries debate in Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan was grilled on his positions on fishing issues during a debate Wednesday night with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in one of the largest fishing ports in the U.S....

Civilian casualty standard eased in Iraq, Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured."...

McConnell, Grimes both get public pay to campaign
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for drawing her state paycheck while away from work to campaign. Left unsaid in the new TV ad is that McConnell appears to be taking his government salary while campaigning, too....

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe....

Not guilty plea for man in White House incident
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife....

US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians....

US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system....

Obama dines with fundraising contest winners
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates....

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