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  • '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.
  • Florida candidates stake out political differences in third debate

    22 October 2014, 5:19 am

    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist traded barbs on Tuesday over the minimum wage, the death penalty and racism in the Republican Party in the third and final debate of a close, bitterly contested race for…
  • Corruption charges against Alabama House speaker 'gutter politics': Congressman

    21 October 2014, 8:06 pm

    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A prominent supporter of Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican indicted on 23 felony counts of corruption, condemned the charges against him on Tuesday as "Chicago-style gutter politics."
  • Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland

    21 October 2014, 6:33 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal.
  • More lawsuits filed against Honda, Takata over air bags

    21 October 2014, 6:29 pm

    DETROIT (Reuters) - The recall crisis involving Takata-made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel is growing, with two more lawsuits filed over accidents in older Honda cars.
  • U.S. House panel seeks NHTSA briefing on Takata air bag defects

    21 October 2014, 4:17 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked a federal regulator to provide a briefing on its investigation into automobile air bags manufactured by Takata Corp., a committee aide said on Tuesday.
  • Head of municipal securities office at U.S. SEC to leave agency

    21 October 2014, 12:47 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the office of municipal securities at the Securities and Exchange Commission, John Cross, will leave his post in November to return to the U.S. Treasury Office of Tax Policy, the agency said on Tuesday.
  • U.S. Republicans look to gain election ground on Ebola

    21 October 2014, 11:45 am

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ebola has moved to the front of campaign issues before U.S. November elections, as fear and criticism of the government's response to cases of the virus in the United States opened a new line of Republican attacks against President Barack…
  • U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

    21 October 2014, 11:12 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more…
  • Missouri State Senator arrested by Ferguson police

    21 October 2014, 9:25 am

    (Reuters) - A Missouri state senator was arrested on Monday night outside the police department of the embroiled city of Ferguson, authorities said, in another night of protests following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.
  • Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges

    20 October 2014, 10:32 pm

    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A grand jury has indicted Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker on 23 criminal counts of corruption, court records released on Monday showed.
  • U.S. approves sale of $600 million in tank ammunition to Iraq

    20 October 2014, 8:06 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday said it had approved the sale to Iraq of $600 million in tank ammunition manufactured by General Dynamics Corp , saying it would help the Iraqi government establish an integrated ground defense capability.
  • Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges

    20 October 2014, 7:37 pm

    (Reuters) - Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker was indicted on 23 criminal counts of corruption by a grand jury, court records released on Monday show.
  • U.S. Congress examining deal between NSA official, ex-agency chief

    20 October 2014, 5:01 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate committee and an outspoken U.S. Congressman are seeking further information about a deal under which a top National Security Agency official is being permitted to work part-time for a private company run by the spy agency's…
  • Wyoming attorney general says gay marriages can begin on Tuesday

    20 October 2014, 4:26 pm

    (Reuters) - Gay marriages can begin in Wyoming on Tuesday after the state files a formal notice that it will not appeal a judge's order overturning a ban on same-sex matrimony, the state's attorney general said on Monday.
  • Obama votes early in Chicago, encourages others to follow

    20 October 2014, 2:33 pm

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hoping to encourage turnout among Democrats, U.S. President Barack Obama took advantage of early voting opportunities in his hometown of Chicago on Monday and cast his electronic ballot at a polling place near his home.
  • U.S. calls ban on entry by six Hungarians a warning to clean up

    20 October 2014, 2:16 pm

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday six Hungarians had been banned from entering the U.S. as a warning to Budapest to reverse policies that threatened to undermine democratic values.
  • Arkansas Democrats look to ex-President Clinton as early voting starts

    20 October 2014, 2:14 pm

    LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made a renewed push in his home state of Arkansas to boost Democrats in tight local races that also have major national implications as early voting started on Monday in the state.

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