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  • Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

    24 October 2014, 7:57 pm

    JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S.…
  • U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

    24 October 2014, 6:20 pm

    (Reuters) - A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events.
  • Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions

    24 October 2014, 5:21 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said.
  • White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list

    24 October 2014, 5:18 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama's search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday.
  • Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges

    24 October 2014, 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans with an eye on next month’s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened public anxiety about the…
  • Florida Republicans in all-out drive for Hispanic vote

    24 October 2014, 2:08 pm

    MIAMI (Reuters) - When Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, walked into a bustling campaign field office late last month in Hialeah, a heavily Hispanic suburb of Miami, he was mobbed by volunteers hoping to be photographed with the candidate.
  • U.S. diplomat criticizes PM Orban's Russia policies

    24 October 2014, 1:11 pm

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary should back European Union sanctions against Russia and not talk about granting autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine at this time of instability, an American diplomat said in Budapest on Friday.
  • Democrat Michelle Nunn leads tight U.S. Senate race in Georgia: poll

    24 October 2014, 12:52 pm

    (Reuters) - Democrat Michelle Nunn has a narrow lead in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, according to a poll released on Friday, ensuring the state's open seat will remain a key national focus as Democrats and Republicans fight for majority control of the…
  • U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week

    24 October 2014, 12:32 pm

    WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10…
  • Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

    23 October 2014, 9:13 pm

    (Reuters) - The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children, state officials said.
  • U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack

    23 October 2014, 6:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week.
  • Kentucky lawmaker charged with bribing coal mine inspector

    23 October 2014, 6:26 pm

    LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky state lawmaker who is also a coal mine owner was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on charges he bribed an inspector so his mines would not receive citations.
  • U.S. senators demand nationwide recall over Takata air bags

    23 October 2014, 5:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective air bags that can launch metal shards into occupants.
  • Former Louisiana mayor arrested on child porn possession charges

    23 October 2014, 5:39 pm

    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The former mayor of a small Louisiana city was arrested on Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said.
  • South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign

    23 October 2014, 5:34 pm

    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.
  • Oklahoma judge allows law on abortion pills to take effect

    23 October 2014, 5:12 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law governing the use of an abortion-inducing drug to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health…
  • U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes'

    23 October 2014, 1:33 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated…
  • 'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid

    23 October 2014, 9:03 am

    ASHEBORO N.C. (Reuters) - "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is back on tour. This time he is trying to win over North Carolina voters with his political chops rather than his voice, and he has less than two weeks left to do it.
  • Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor candidate influenced paper

    23 October 2014, 5:15 am

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.
  • Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign

    22 October 2014, 9:28 pm

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday.
  • Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report

    22 October 2014, 8:31 pm

    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.
  • Congressman should have been 'more sensitive' in suicide remarks: spokesman

    22 October 2014, 8:25 pm

    JUNEAU (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman should have taken a more "sensitive approach" when talking about teen suicide to a group of Alaska high school students he was addressing after a classmate recently took his own life, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
  • Colorado candidates for U.S. Senate effectively tied: Reuters-Ipsos poll

    22 October 2014, 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The two candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, one of the states that could decide whether Republicans win control of the upper chamber of Congress on Nov. 4, are effectively tied, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll released…
  • Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect

    22 October 2014, 3:01 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that…
  • Florida governor's race a dead heat, poll shows

    22 October 2014, 2:14 pm

    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and his challenger for re-election, former Governor Charlie Crist, are locked in a dead heat in their race to run the nation's largest swing state, poll results released on Wednesday show.

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