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Ben Carson moves close to Trump in Iowa Poll

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as a leading Republican presidential candidate in Iowa and is closing in on frontrunner Donald Trump in the state that hosts the first 2016 nomination balloting contest.

The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows Trump with the support of 23 percent of likely Republican caucus ...Read more

Sanders within striking distance of Clinton in Iowa poll

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-prohibitive advantage in Iowa has slipped enough to jeopardize her front- runner status and Bernie Sanders has moved to within striking distance, revealing a Democratic presidential field in unexpected flux as Vice President Joe Biden considers whether to run.

The results of the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines...Read more

Turkish warplanes hit Islamic State in Syria as part of U.S. coalition

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish warplanes struck seven Islamic State targets north of Aleppo, Syria, in the first Turkish contribution to a U.S. led coalition to weaken the Islamic militant group's grasp on much of eastern Syria, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

"Our jets started last night to carry out air operations with coalition forces ...Read more

Erika winds down, no longer threatens Florida

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South Florida and the rest of the state are off the hook.

Tropical Storm Erika dissipated into an open wave Saturday while in the Caribbean near Cuba. Strong wind shear and the system's interaction with the mountainous areas of Hispaniola led to the storm's disintegration.

Unless Erika makes a comeback, it likely will be business as usual for ...Read more

Turkish airstrikes target Islamic State in Syria

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CAIRO -- Turkey for the first time sent warplanes to attack Islamic State targets in Syria, U.S. and Turkish officials said Saturday.

A U.S.-led coalition has been bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria for more than a year, but NATO ally Turkey had long resisted joining the military effort. Under a deal announced last month, the ...Read more

Houston-area deputy shot to death at gas station

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HOUSTON -- A Houston-area sheriff's deputy was shot to death while pumping gas on duty late Friday, officials said.

The deputy was in uniform, filling up his patrol car at a gas station northwest of Houston, when a suspect approached him from behind and shot him, sheriff's officials said. He died at the gas station.

Harris County Sheriff Ron ...Read more

NLRB ruling on third-party employers could be a game changer for unions

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Unions and other labor advocates are brainstorming strategies after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that could strengthen the hand of those at the lowest level of such industries as warehousing, construction, fast food and home health care.

The NLRB said Thursday that a Silicon Valley recycling center was a "joint employer," as was the...Read more

Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced in Egypt

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CAIRO –– An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced three journalists for the broadcaster Al-Jazeera English to prison terms of at least three years.

The case has been viewed by many as emblematic of a wave of repression –– much of it at the hands of the judiciary and law-enforcement officials –– after Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was...Read more

Democrats fear Bush or Kasich the most as 2016 opponent

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Republican that Democrats fear most isn't Donald Trump. It's Jeb Bush, with John Kasich coming on fast.

Ask members of the Democratic National Committee whom they least want to face in the 2016 presidential election, and they often joke how they hope Trump stays hot.

"We are all Trump supporters," Glen Maxey, a DNC member ...Read more

Firefighter cancer risk to be studied

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Guy Roper, a district chief with Palm Beach Fire Rescue, was optimistic after doctors told him he was anemic.

"Guess I'll just have to eat more meat," he thought. But after a few more tests, he learned he had leukemia, even though he had no family history or risk factors. He was 33 at the time, and doctors gave him a 30...Read more

Drone tracks fire hotspots in successful national park test

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SEATTLE -- Officials fighting a forest fire in Olympic National Park say they successfully used a drone this week to get overhead, infrared video to steer water-dropping helicopters to their target.

"They were watching a live feed and were able to direct helicopter bucket drops to heat," said Brentwood Reid, fire information officer for the ...Read more

Trump wants to raise his own taxes, but would he kill popular real estate tax break?

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WASHINGTON --Donald Trump, who built his fortune in real estate, said this past week that he wants to raise his own taxes. One way to do it is a bipartisan proposal that would blow up one of the real estate industry's favorite tax breaks.

The break, known as the like-kind exchange or "1031" for the tax code section it comes from, lets real ...Read more

U.S. lags behind Russia and other nations in the Arctic

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WASHINGTON -- As Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit the Arctic next week, the U.S. is falling behind other nations in the critical region.

The U.S. is sitting on the sidelines while Russia claims a huge part of the Arctic, with its vast energy and mineral resources, and China builds icebreakers to get in on the race for ...Read more

'Me and Mama are gonna die': Dispatchers saved desperate Katrina callers

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BILOXI, Miss. -- The Biloxi, Miss., dispatchers have avoided lists that name Hurricane Katrina's dead, but they can still hear the voices of people who called 911, trapped in the storm.

The wind shrieked as the water climbed steps, covered floors, mounted countertops, reached ceilings, poured into attics.

Even police officers caught in the ...Read more

In Mississippi, Hurricane Katrina altered landscape, lives

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BILOXI, Miss. -- The desperate voices on the phone told emergency dispatchers Hurricane Katrina was much worse than anyone imagined -- "We're drowning!" -- but until Desiree Hernandez stepped from the windowless bunker at a Biloxi, Miss., fire station into the air outside, she had no idea.

"I looked down to Highway 90 and there was nothing ...Read more

Many Latinos who came for Katrina work stayed and thrived

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Many hard-working Hispanics with skills in construction and roofing poured into the Gulf Coast for jobs after Katrina, joining other Hispanic nationalities.

They would sleep in their trucks in parking lots, in tents and on the bare ground because there were no rooms to rent. They helped tremendously in rebuilding the Coast....Read more

Hurricane Katrina's first responders risked all to save others

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BILOXI, Miss. -- Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney studied the face of each resident he and other first responders found dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

He did so, he said, to make sure he would do what he could to "never let it happen again."

Boney was among the hundreds of other South Mississippi police officers, firefighters and other...Read more

Australia's efforts to lift California ban on kangaroo products under scrutiny

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An animal rights activist has filed a complaint with California's ethics agency against the Australian government, alleging that it did not properly register its lobbying activities as it seeks to eliminate the state's ban on kangaroo products.

The decades-old ban, which has been suspended since 2007, is set to go back ...Read more

Erika heads toward southwestern part of Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida prepared for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Erika this weekend, although the projected path of the storm continued to veer toward the southwestern part of the state.

The region remains within the storm's possible routes as it heads north, with Erika expected to come closest to South Florida late ...Read more

Kenyan man nabbed by Miami FBI gets 15 years for backing terrorists

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MIAMI -- A Kenyan man caught in an FBI counterterrorism operation was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for supplying thousands of dollars to U.S.-designated terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaida.

Rather than go to trial in Miami, Mohamed Hussein Said cut a plea deal in May on a single conspiracy charge of providing "material ...Read more