In 2013, Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey crafted legislation that would have expanded background checks to prevent gun purchases by criminals and the mentally ill.

Senate Democrats plan push for gun control legislation

In their latest gun control push, Democrats are leaving out Pat Toomey, the Republican who forged the last bipartisan effort.

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 Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn is sworn-in Thursday on Capitol Hill.

VW executive apologizes to Congress for emissions scandal

Congressman raps EPA for not discovering cheating

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FBI says it disrupted activities of dozens of potential IS recruits

Estimates that 250 Americans have joined the Islamic State.

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 U.S. Airman First Class Spencer Stone

Nation briefs: Train hero stabbed in brawl

Plus: Wrong drugs used, Clinton proposes risk fee, Cosby case can proceed, Ex-school chief charged

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 Police officers investigate a shooting at Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., today.

One student dead, three wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University

The school president called it an isolated and unprecedented incident and said classes would go on as scheduled today.

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One person killed in shooting near Texas Southern University

The incident came several hours after a student opened fire with a handgun on the campus of Northern Arizona University, killing one.

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 Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler

House leadership fight will strengthen GOP caucus, local congressmen say

Pennsylvania Republicans Keith Rothfus and Mike Kelly say the House GOP caucus is strong and functional despite leadership turmoil.

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 A sign welcomes students back to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. The campus reopened Monday on a limited basis for the first time since last Thursday.

Obama to visit Oregon town reeling from gun massacre

This Friday, President Barack Obama is traveling to the town where 10 died in last week’s college shooting.

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 Chad Shields walks through his parent’s flooded home Wednesday in Summerville, S.C. The state experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend and officials expect the damage from the flood to be in the billions of dollars.

South Carolina still on edge from floods

Cleanup costs could exceed $1 billion, and a university is forced to relocate a home football game 700 miles away.

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Coast Guard abandons search for 33 missing crew members

The cargo ship went down during Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas.

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National briefs: Senate OKs massive defense bill

Plus: Threat of auto strike, VW cancels sales, New air pollution bill, Man arrested for bomb threats

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 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., flanked by his wife, Judy, explains Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

GOP in chaos after speaker favorite quits

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was heavily favored to win his GOP colleagues’ endorsement for the post.

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Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal in major break with Obama

She joins the rest of announced Democratic candidates, although Joe Biden is backing it.

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 Kevin McCarthy

Candidates jockey for House Speaker Boehner's job

Jason Chaffetz is challenging heir apparent Kevin McCarthy for the U.S. House speakership.

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 This undated photo from a MySpace page that appeared to belong to Chris Harper Mercer.

Oregon police fired three times at college gunman before he shot himself

Latest report says officers hit Chris Harper-Mercer with one shot in Umpqua Community College rampage.

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Top EU court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe

The European Court of Justice found that European data is not sufficiently protected in the United States.

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U.S. to release 6,000 prisoners as part of sentencing-overhaul campaign

The move implements a decision last year to slash the number of incarcerated drug offenders by nearly half.

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South Carolina cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

So far, at least 17 people have died in the floods in the Carolinas, some of them drowning after trying to drive through high water.

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Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

He urged farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he said would boost their sales in a fast-growing region.

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Nation briefs: Calif. has new equal-pay protections

Plus: Senate opens VW probe; Deportations drop; $1.9M drone fine; Chrysler strike planned

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U.S. Supreme Court: Jim Thorpe’s body to remain in town that bears his name

The justices refused to hear an appeal by Thorpe’s surviving sons in their effort to move his remains to Indian tribal lands in Oklahoma.

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New marine reserves declared in Maryland, Mich.

The new protected waters in the United States are the first to be designated as such in 15 years, the White House said in a statement.

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 The Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington, where the high court started a new term that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.

Supreme Court opens new term, with major cases brewing

The justices rejected hundreds of appeals that had piled up over the summer.

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Boehner: House to vote for speaker Oct. 29, other jobs after

It was a move widely seen as benefiting his preferred successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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Clinton announces gun safety initiatives

Her willingness to put the gun issue at the forefront of her campaign represents a risk that the politics have indeed changed on the issue.

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National briefs: Students, staff return to site of massacre

Plus: Calif. right-to-die bill signed; Passenger jet diverted after pilot’s death; Derailment injures 7; 2 in Ark. arrested for threats

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 A vehicle and a home are swamped Monday by floodwaters from nearby Black Creek in Florence, S.C.

South Carolina trying to emerge from never-seen-before flooding that has left 9 dead

Even as some waters began receding, the governor pleaded with residents to remain in their homes, if they still had them.

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California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

The Golden State becomes the fifth in U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.

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Chaffetz challenge deepens U.S. House Republicans’ disarray

Jason Chaffetz, a rising star among congressional Republicans, on Sunday declared a bid to become speaker of the House of Representatives.

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After five years of negotiations, Pacific trade talks near deal

A dozen Pacific nations reached a breakthrough over how long a monopoly pharmaceutical companies should be given on new biotech drugs.

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Oregon town residents seek solace in church after college massacre

Roseburg is still bewildered by the massacre and disturbing details coming to light.

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National briefs: Clinton pokes fun at herself on SNL

Plus: Students arrested in plot, BP settlement details, Deadly explosion in NYC, Biden gives support, Trump talks polls and guns

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Medical emergency sends Boston-bound plane to NY; pilot dies

The American Airlines co-pilot tells Syracuse air traffic tower that the “captain is incapacitated.”

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 Waves and high tides over the weekend washed out a section of the beach road in Kitty Hawk, NC near Mile Post 4, seen on Monday.

‘Fire hose’ of moisture slams South Carolina; 12 killed

The 790-foot container ship El Faro sank after encountering Hurricane Joaquin’s high winds and heavy seas last week.

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 Cars from the Vermonter train are scattered Monday after derailing near Northfield, Vt.

At least 7 hurt when Vermont-to-D.C. train hits rocks, derails

Amtrak says the Vermonter train was carrying 98 passengers and 4 crew members when five of its cars left the tracks,

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 Family, union and company officials wait Sunday outside the Seafarer’s International Union hall in Jacksonville, Fla., as an intensive search resumed Sunday in the southeastern Bahamas for a U.S. cargo ship with 33 people on board.

More debris but no word on fate of ship lost off Bahamas

Aircraft and ships taking part in the search located a container that appears to have come from the 790-foot El Faro.

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 Will Cunningham, 14, rides his bike Sunday down Station 29 on Sullivan's Island, S.C., while his friend Patrick Kelly, 14, travels with his kayak through flood waters.

Coast Guard finds objects, oil sheen near Bahamas

Officials: It’s too early to tell if debris is from U.S. cargo ship that sent distress signal during Hurricane Joaquin,

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 Charlene Stennis takes her son Christian Hoo-Fong from a fireman Sunday in Columbia, S.C., after being stranded in a vehicle by floodwater. The state of South Carolina is experiencing record rainfall amounts.

Heavy rain, hundreds rescued in historic South Carolina floods

The dangerous crescendo closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum on health care Sept. 22 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Teachers union endorses Clinton, but makes her work for support

National Education Association leaders said Hillary Rodham Clinton came to the board meeting at their request.

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 A few hours before high tide, wind-driven waves crash into a fishing pier this weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.

Storms batter the South as Hurricane Joaquin recedes

By Saturday afternoon, the White House said President Obama had declared an emergency in South Carolina.

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 Michelle Cascino of San Jose, Calif., brings flowers Saturday in support for the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Ore.

Gunman in Oregon massacre committed suicide, officials say

Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College.

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U.S. pushed to find drugs compromise in Pacific trade talks

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership will create a free trade zone covering 40 percent of the world economy.

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National briefs: St. Louis police at fault, report says

Plus: New York City building blast kills 1; 20 hurt in roof collapse in North Carolina; UPS to change service

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 A sign calling for prayer outside Umpqua Community College a day after the shooting there, in Roseburg, Ore.

Options for an active shooter: run, hide or fight

In the wake of a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, experts say action is sometimes needed.

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Oregon gunman was Army dropout who studied mass shooters

Authorities said Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer wore a flak jacket and brought six guns and five ammunition magazines to the school.

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U.S. hiring slowed in September as global economy weakened

The economy added just 142,000 jobs last month, depressed by job cuts by manufacturers and oil drillers.

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Obama says he won’t sign another stopgap spending measure from Congress

The president instead called on Congress to join him in forging a longer-term deal.

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Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays

The Vatican said the only “real audience” Pope Francis had in Washington, D.C., was with a small group that included a gay couple.

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New rules will protect homebuyers from last-minute surprises

Starting today, homebuyers will have access to new standardized forms to replace ones that might have varied widely from lender to lender.

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World briefs: Education chief leaving in December

Plus: Death sentence commuted; 3rd Cleveland child killed; Va. suspect sentenced; Colorado prison site?

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