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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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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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World briefs: Joaquin hits Bahamas; ship disabled

Plus: India vows carbon cuts; Israel deploys troops; VW notifies customers; S. Sudan repels rebels.

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 Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, left, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the senior Democrat on the committee speak on Capitol Hill Thursday about the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

Bipartisan effort in Congress leads to comprehensive sentencing reform proposal

A bill advancing through Congress would give judges more discretion to sentence below the mandatory minimum for nonviolent offenders.

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 Elizabeth Cox, 14, bows her head Thursday during a prayer at a vigil to honor victims of a shooting at Umpqua Community College.

Gunman in Oregon shooting was armed with six guns, left more at home, officials say

Officials today described the gunman as an alienated young man who appeared to have a particular animus against religion.

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House approves bill requiring Iran to compensate U.S. victims of terror

The measure would require the president to certify that victims of terror receive compensation before Iran gets economic relief.

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 Defense Secretary Ash Carter

House passes defense bill, defies Obama

Despite a veto threat, the House approved a multibillion-dollar defense policy bill.

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Vatican: Pope's visit with Davis not a form of support

Kim Davis, a Rowan County, Ky., spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses

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 U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan walks to a town hall meeting on CMU's campus Sept. 18.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family.

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 President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington Thursday.

Obama decries 'routine' response of country to shootings

The presidents says America has “become numb” to mass shootings like Thursday’s incident in Oregon.

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National dates: Overhaul of drug sentencing

PLUS: Pot sales start in Oregon; Cosby case reviewed; Cop shot by own gun; Serial killer executed.

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 Reporters copy photographs of three of the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College that were displayed at a news conference, Friday in Roseburg, Ore.  In the photos, are Quinn Cooper, left, Lucas Eibel,center, and Jason Johnson.

Authorities release identities of the Oregon shooting victims

The nine people killed Thursday, ranging from teens to adults, took different paths to the small rural college.

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Oregon shooting 'threat' may have circulated on social media

NEW YORK -- A chain of messages posted to an anonymous chat board known for its explicit conversation threads and graphic images included

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 Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin addresses the media following Thursday's deadly attack at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

Oregon sheriff overseeing shooting probe has strongly opposed gun control bills

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The sheriff overseeing the investigation of an Oregon college shooting has been vocal in opposing state and federal gun-

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 Chris Harper Mercer, who authorities identified as the gunman who killed nine people in Oregon Thursday.

Nine victims, gunman dead in mass shooting at college in Oregon

A gunman opened fire at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout with police.

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EPA announces lower standard for ozone

Levels will be reduced from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts., which industry leaders say will be too costly to meet.

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