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Supreme Court will hear Virginia school case regarding transgender student

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether schools nationwide may force transgender students to use restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates.

The high court's first case to address transgender rights, stemming from a dispute from Virginia involving a transgender boy, will be heard early next year, either ...Read more

Clinton campaign calls on FBI director to provide more details of new email review

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's campaign is calling on FBI Director James Comey to provide a fuller explanation of new steps the agency is taking in connection to its review of the candidate's use of a private email server.

Chairman John Podesta, in the campaign's first public statement on the matter, called it "extraordinary" that Comey would ...Read more

Biden rallies party faithful in competitive Minnesota district

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DULUTH, Minn. -- With less than two weeks until Election Day, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. hit the campaign trail Friday for a House candidate in a must-hold seat for the Democrats.

Incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, is running for re-election in one of the most expensive House districts in the ...Read more

NC Democrat got big bucks from groups backing Iran deal, opposing trade pact

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WASHINGTON -- Two political organizations that back the controversial, multination deal aimed at stalling Iran from building nuclear weapons have channeled nearly $90,000 in campaign donations to Deborah Ross, the North Carolina Democratic candidate bidding for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Ross has voiced support for the accord that Republicans -...Read more

Trump welcomes FBI probe: 'Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen'

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Donald Trump stepped on stage for a rally here with news even he wasn't expecting to deliver: the FBI's new investigation of his rival's email server.

"Hillary Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before," Trump said as the crowed roared "lock her up," a staple chant at his rallies.

"We must not let her ...Read more

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FBI looking at newly discovered Clinton emails

WASHINGTON -- The FBI said Friday it is reviewing newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to determine whether classified materials were properly handled.

FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to congressional leaders that agents working on an ...Read more

Murphy gets a cash boost in Florida Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Patrick Murphy is getting a cash boost from donors and a Democratic super PAC after his campaign showed signs of life in the race against Sen. Marco Rubio.

Mike Fernandez, a Republican donor based in Miami, announced he would give a super PAC supporting Murphy $100,000, citing Murphy's support for ending the Cuban embargo.

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Kirk apologizes to Duckworth for remark about Asian heritage, family's military service

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CHICAGO -- Sen. Mark Kirk apologized to Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Friday for a comment he made about her family's ancestry and military background during a debate in the Illinois Senate race on Thursday night.

"Sincere apologies to an American hero, Tammy Duckworth, and gratitude for her family's service," Kirk posted on his official campaign ...Read more

Pence plane's skid shows risks of tight runways at LaGuardia

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The out-of-control landing that sent Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's plane fishtailing off the runway Thursday at New York's LaGuardia Airport is the latest in a series of runway mishaps at one of the U.S.'s tightest and busiest airports.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent an 11-person team to investigate the ...Read more

Senate Democratic super PAC spends big on Feingold in Wisconsin

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic super PAC is making a surprise major investment in the Wisconsin Senate race in the election's final days, a sign that a race many Democrats had long considered a sure victory has become unexpectedly tight.

Senate Majority PAC plans to spend $2 million on behalf of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, who faces GOP ...Read more

Sources: White House angling for 'clean' renewal of Iran sanctions

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WASHINGTON -- The House is planning to vote to renew expiring sanctions on Iran without adding provisions the White House likely would find objectionable, and sources say President Barack Obama likely would let such a "clean" bill become law.

At issue is the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which targets the nation's energy sector and is due to ...Read more

More aggressive Kirk goes after Duckworth in second Senate debate, questions her family's heritage

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk aggressively went after Democratic challenger Rep. Tammy Duckworth during a Thursday night debate, accusing her of lying and even questioning her family's ancestry and military service.

Duckworth countered Kirk's periodic interruptions by suggesting that his series of controversial statements about President ...Read more

$116K-a-year Chicago alderman apologizes for crying poor on Cubs playoff tickets

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CHICAGO -- Call it a Milly-culpa?

Chicago Ald. Milly Santiago offered an apology of sorts Thursday, a day after she complained about the Cubs yanking their offer of face-value World Series tickets for aldermen. The 31st Ward politician who makes $116,208 per year described herself as "a poor alderman" who can't afford scalped tickets and said ...Read more

Sanchez appeals to Republicans in California Senate race

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California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez is appealing to Republicans as she tries to overcome Kamala Harris' huge lead in their race for the Senate.

Sanchez has released a new ad that highlights her record on small business and national security and talks about living and working her whole life in Southern California. However, the ad also ...Read more

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive aimed at breaking regime siege

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BEIRUT -- Syrian opposition rebels Friday started a wide-scale attack on regime forces in Aleppo aimed at breaking the government siege on their enclave of the contested city, both a monitoring group and the opposition said.

Once Syria's commercial hub, Aleppo has been divided into the government-controlled west and rebel-held east since ...Read more

Why Wall Street's top cop criticized by Warren could stay awhile

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WASHINGTON -- Political friction and vacancies in top posts at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have increased the likelihood that Chair Mary Jo White could remain in the job beyond the end of President Barack Obama's term.

White has privately told agency officials that people with ties to both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ...Read more

Poll: Warren would crush Schilling if he ran for Senate

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A new poll shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren would comfortably beat former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling if he ran against the senator in 2018.

Schilling has said he wants to run against Warren, but at the time said he needed to talk to his wife about it first. There have been no updates about that conversation since.

In a hypothetical race,...Read more

U.S. economy grows at its strongest pace in two years

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's economic engine revved up this summer after a dismal first half of the year, growing at its fastest pace since 2014, the Commerce Department said Friday.

The nation's total economic output, also known as gross domestic product, expanded at a 2.9 percent annual rate from July through September. The figure beat analyst ...Read more

Study offers young doctors strategies to deal with discrimination

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WASHINGTON -- In July 2013, a man arrived in the emergency room of a California hospital seeking treatment for his child. But when the intern on call walked in to see him, the father looked at her name tag and demanded another physician. As a Palestinian, he didn't want his child treated by a Jewish doctor. The intern turned to her resident ...Read more

Trump's broad businesses pose conflict tests, specialists say

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NEW YORK -- The federal tax audit that emerged as an issue in Donald Trump's campaign would turn into another problem altogether if the Republican nominee wins the election -- and gains the power to pick the next Internal Revenue Service chief.

"He would be on both sides of the issue," said Sheldon Cohen, the IRS commissioner in President ...Read more