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Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:00:57 GMT2016-09-29T02:00:57Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus....

Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:26:49 GMT2016-09-29T01:26:49Z

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) -- Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton. The outspoken Republican nominee instead pressed ahead with an aggressive strategy focused on speaking directly to his white, working-class loyalists across the Midwest....

Obama hopeful national anthem protests spark a conversation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:00:28 GMT2016-09-29T02:00:28Z

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) -- Asked by a service member to weigh in on some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he hoped the controversy would spark Americans to listen to others' concerns and not just go into separate corners....

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:09:56 GMT2016-09-29T05:09:56Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class....

House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:32:59 GMT2016-09-28T22:32:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute....

Early votes: High interest buoys Clinton in key states

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:39:33 GMT2016-09-28T20:39:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely benefactor, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide....

The Latest: Trump says he saved Machado's job

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:39:47 GMT2016-09-29T00:39:47Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):...

Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:14:30 GMT2016-09-28T19:14:30Z

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) -- The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group's main stronghold for more than two years. The offensive, starting as soon as October, looms as a decisive moment for Iraq and for President Barack Obama's much-criticized strategy to defeat IS....

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:18:28 GMT2016-09-28T21:18:28Z

DENVER (AP) -- Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found....

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:22:30 GMT2016-09-29T01:22:30Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay....