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Sore losers: Senate candidates unhappy in defeat

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So much for losing graciously.

The primary challengers to Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio -- Republicans Kelli Ward and Carlos Beruff -- and Rep. Alan Grayson who lost his Senate bid to fellow Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy -- were very critical of their opponents as the results of Tuesday's vote became clear.

Ward called McCain an "...Read more

Kentucky plays politics as worst funded pensions face insolvency

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Kentucky is the home of thoroughbred horse racing, well-regarded bourbon and politicians fighting over some of the most vexing problems facing U.S. public pensions.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo called 100 adjourned members of the state House of Representatives back to Frankfort on Tuesday to discuss pension investment losses, more than ...Read more

Field set in Arizona's tossup House district

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In Arizona's tossup 1st District, Democrat Tom O'Halleran, a former GOP state senator, will face off against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in November.

Babeu easily beat five other Republicans in the primary in this eastern Arizona district, but he brings years of baggage to the race.

A home video publicized earlier this year showed him ...Read more

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio easily wins primary, but now faces his toughest general election in decades

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PHOENIX--When the Republican presidential ticket pivoted to focus on illegal immigration this summer, Donald Trump pointed to the man who has come to embody the muscular enforcement approach of the 2000s -- massive immigration raids, unremitting warnings about the dangers posed by illegal immigrants and bold public pronouncements about enforcing...Read more

Trump aside, the Republican establishment is having a good year

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WASHINGTON -- The populist wave that swept Donald Trump to the top of the Republican ticket hasn't led to a revolution sweeping away party insiders.

That's the message from another set of primary victories Tuesday night for Senate incumbents from the party's establishment wing -- Arizona's John McCain and Florida's Marco Rubio. It's also good ...Read more

Political hotspots may bubble up on G-20 sidelines in China

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HONG KONG -- This weekend the leaders of 20 of the world's major economies gather in China to talk about issues ranging from the global economy to the threat of terrorism. As usual, it's the sideline tensions that may capture attention.

Last year's summit in Turkey was overshadowed by the Islamic State's deadly attacks on Paris just days before...Read more

Donald Trump still has a path to victory, but it's a tough one, poll shows

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WASHINGTON -- Although he trails in nearly all national surveys and polls of most battleground states, Donald Trump still has a potential route to victory, albeit a difficult one that would require him to coax many people who sat out the last election to vote this time around, the University of Southern California Dornsife/Los Angeles Times ...Read more

Techies priced out of Palo Alto as studios list for more than $1 million

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When Andy and Amy Isaacson looked at buying a home in Palo Alto, Calif., for their expanding family, the least expensive one they could find was $1.5 million.

The couple and their three daughters instead moved to Omaha, Neb., where they have a $500,000 four-bedroom house with a sprawling backyard.

"We're both professionals and...Read more

Your lawmaker's Facebook page could be a scam

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is among a growing number of web-savvy lawmakers who use social media to start casework files for constituents who request help with veterans benefits, Social Security claims or immigration problems -- and sometimes even just tours in Washington.

But as Americans become accustomed to "friending" ...Read more

Some Wisconsin voters could have trouble getting ID near election

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin election officials raised concerns Tuesday that some voters won't be able to get IDs in time to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election -- potentially violating a court order.

In response, a Division of Motor Vehicles official said the state would use overnight mail to get people voting credentials in some cases to ...Read more

Wasserman Schultz defeats rival Canova despite DNC meltdown

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MIAMI -- U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz staved off her first primary challenge in 24 years, defeating first-time candidate Tim Canova on Tuesday to position herself to hang on to her South Florida seat despite a crush of national opposition to her candidacy.

Wasserman Schultz harnessed the backing of the biggest names in Democratic politics...Read more

Joe Sutter, Boeing engineer who led development of the 747 jumbo jet, dies at 95

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SEATTLE -- Joe Sutter, the legendary Boeing engineer who led development of the 747 jumbo jet, was known for his bold technical designs, for tough but inspirational leadership, and for a roguish sense of humor that made him a vibrant personality to the end of his days.

Sutter died Tuesday at age 95. His son, Jonathan Sutter, said his father had...Read more

McCain cruises to easy primary win in Arizona

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WASHINGTON--Sen. John McCain defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, setting up a general election matchup against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who ran uncontested in the party's primary Tuesday.

With little more than the early vote from Maricopa County counted, the longtime incumbent led Ward 55 ...Read more

Rep. Wasserman-Schultz handily defeats primary opponent in Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz decisively defeated challenger Tim Canova in Tuesday's Democratic congressional primary, a victory she called "incredibly sweet and satisfying."

"Thank you for your love and your support and your friendship and your knocking on doors, making phone calls, practically living in our ...Read more

Trump plans Mexico visit to coincide with immigration speech

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump will visit Mexico on Wednesday, the same day that he is expected to deliver a speech in Phoenix on immigration.

Last Friday, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sent invitations to both the Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns for the candidates to meet with him, Pena Nieto's office said in an emailed response to ...Read more

Grim mystery after 5 die in fire at adult care facility in Southern California

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TEMECULA, Calif. -- The two homes set back along Cruz Way were indistinguishable from the other residences that dotted the orchards and vineyards in Riverside County's wine country.

In a semi-rural area of dry grass, corrals, orange trees and horses, the homes served as adult care facility for developmentally disabled adults.

On Tuesday, one ...Read more

Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy to face off for Florida Senate seat

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy clinched their parties' U.S. Senate nominations Tuesday, setting up a tough battle for a seat that will help determine which party controls the Senate.

In an election year in which the leadership of both parties came under attack, the primary results ...Read more

Inspired by accusations against Cosby, California lawmakers move to lift time limits on rape cases

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Legislature on Tuesday sent the governor a bill to end the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.

If the governor signs the bill, crimes including rape and child sexual abuse could be prosecuted at any time.

Under existing law, such crimes generally must be prosecuted ...Read more

Donald Trump to travel to Mexico to meet with Mexican president on Wednesday

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MEXICO CITY -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to sit down with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, both politicians confirmed Tuesday night.

"I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow," Trump said in a Tweet. ...Read more

Key Islamic State official killed in Syria, group says

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WASHINGTON -- Lone wolves and Islamic State's most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds.

Abu Muhammad Adnani, whose death was announced Tuesday by the extremist group, was a chief architect of its war against the West. He exhorted European-born fighters to commit attacks on home ground rather ...Read more