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  • Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35

    30 October 2014, 11:23 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday.
  • 'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections

    30 October 2014, 9:02 pm

    PORTLAND Me. (Reuters) - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is…
  • Crucial Iowa Senate race tied; Romney, Clinton lead for 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    30 October 2014, 8:12 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The high-profile U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat, with Democratic Representative Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst each garnering the support of 45 percent of likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos…
  • Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'

    30 October 2014, 6:07 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet "fast lanes" that may hurt consumers' freedom to roam the Web, the leading U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in recent letters.
  • Emerging threats, Senate shift could change U.S. budget debate: Boeing

    30 October 2014, 5:33 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emerging threats such as Islamic State extremism and a possible switch to Republican control of the U.S. Senate could accelerate debate about the need to halt or ease mandatory cuts in the U.S. defense budget, a top Boeing Co executive…
  • District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales

    30 October 2014, 5:07 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week.
  • Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

    30 October 2014, 4:20 pm

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement.
  • U.S.-led forces rebuked for making Afghan troop evaluations secret

    30 October 2014, 4:06 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A move by U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan to classify a key assessment of multibillion dollar efforts to train and equip local security forces is "inexplicable" and hides issues from the public, a U.S. government watchdog said.
  • Crist sees slight lead over Scott in Florida race for governor: poll

    30 October 2014, 1:43 pm

    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Democrat Charlie Crist holds a large edge among Florida's independent voters, giving him a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott in their bid for the nation's largest swing state, a poll on Thursday showed.
  • Bankrupt San Bernardino to vote on 'autopilot' raises for police, fire

    30 October 2014, 1:04 pm

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will decide next week whether to scrap a budget rule that sets pay for police and firefighters based on salary levels in wealthier cities.
  • Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack

    30 October 2014, 12:48 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
  • U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

    30 October 2014, 6:57 am

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election.
  • Record five black women seek state offices in Georgia, showing shift

    30 October 2014, 1:18 am

    ATLANTA (Reuters) - Five black women are on the November ballot for statewide offices in Georgia, a record in a state that just 11 years ago featured a Confederate battle emblem on its flag.
  • With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media

    30 October 2014, 1:17 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned.
  • Washington state support for gun control measure strong before vote

    29 October 2014, 8:18 pm

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday.
  • Democratic Senator Begich touts Alaska bona fides to lure independents

    29 October 2014, 5:44 pm

    JUNEAU (Reuters) - In family video footage recorded in 1970, a young Senator Mark Begich is seen in a bucolic park catching a ball thrown by his father, a U.S. Congressman from Alaska who died just two years later in a small plane crash en route to Juneau.
  • U.S. investigator of Colombia scandal quits over prostitution case: NYT

    29 October 2014, 4:16 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official who ran an investigation of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Colombia in 2012 resigned after he was suspected of visiting a prostitute in Florida, the New York…
  • North Dakota Supreme Court upholds restrictions on medication abortion

    29 October 2014, 3:50 pm

    (Reuters) - The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a state law that restricts medication abortion, the non-surgical interruption of a pregnancy using drugs, saying it was constitutional.
  • Oregon, Alaska, D.C. voters to weigh legal marijuana in November

    29 October 2014, 3:06 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voters in the U.S. capital and two West Coast states will decide in the Nov. 4 elections whether to legalize marijuana, pushing closer to the mainstream a notion that was once consigned to the political fringe.
  • Pennsylvania governor narrows gap but trails in re-election bid: poll

    29 October 2014, 12:48 pm

    HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is closing in but still trails his Democratic challenger among likely voters in next week's gubernatorial election, a poll showed on Wednesday.
  • Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election

    29 October 2014, 9:59 am

    DENVER (Reuters) - Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. Now he's talking about abortion and the economy to get his candidates across the finish line.
  • Costly U.S. nuclear arms revamp, tight cash call for tough choices

    29 October 2014, 5:07 am

    KINGS BAY Ga. (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel grabbed a ladder extending through the sleek black hull of the USS Tennessee at a Navy submarine base here and disappeared down the hatch for a close look at one of the Pentagon's most daunting budget…
  • Kerry wants Keystone pipeline decision 'sooner rather than later'

    28 October 2014, 9:29 pm

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a visit to Canada that he would like to make a decision soon on TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
  • Obama campaigns in Wisconsin against ideological foe

    28 October 2014, 8:54 pm

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama brought his weight on Tuesday to a close Wisconsin governor's race that pits Democratic policies on equal pay and union rights against a Republican vision of smaller government from a potential 2016 presidential…
  • U.S. Senate control could be mixed blessing for Republican 2016 hopefuls

    28 October 2014, 8:03 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Republican lawmakers with White House aspirations, control of the U.S. Senate could be a blessing and a curse.

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