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Judge restores part of Indiana gay marriage suit

INDIANAPOLIS | A federal judge has reinstated four same-sex couples' claim against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages performed out of state.

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John Kerry settles into his seat as he arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama speaks at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Obama spoke to members of the military after consulting with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Pablo …

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama speaks at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Obama spoke to members of the military after consulting with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Pablo …

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., seated left, confers with Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the panel to examine President Barack Obama's strategy to co…

14 hours ago
House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama greets members of the military before taking the stage to speak at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Obama had earlier consulted with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic Stat…

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama, center, with Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, right, Commander of the US Central Command (CentCom), before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday.

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON | The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic state militants.

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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., seated left, confers with Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the panel to examine President Barack Obama's strategy to co…

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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. It is the first in a seri…

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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama greets U.S. Rep. Kath Castor, D-Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., as Gen. Lloyd Austin III, left, looks on after the president arrived at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Chris Urso)

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Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. The offender-rehabilitation program that former Ravens player Rice entered after knocking Janay uncons…

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Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. The NFL players' union has appealed the league's indefinite suspension of Ray Rice, Tuesday, …

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Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. The offender-rehabilitation program that former Raven Rice entered after knocking Janay unconscious …

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Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

BALTIMORE | The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night, saying that he shouldn't be punished twice for punching his fiancee in a casino elevator.

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Top general: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq

Top general: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq

WASHINGTON | American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and tra…

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Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

WASHINGTON | The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

September 16, 2014 3:23 pm

Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers

WASHINGTON | Some of the nation's largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets.

September 16, 2014 12:50 pm
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