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Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

Tue, 2014-10-21 21:02

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

The report by the Homeland ...

Tom Coburn highlights ridiculous government spending in final Wastebook

Tue, 2014-10-21 21:01

This year's Wastebook does not show the $5,210 that the State Department tried to spend on a blowup, human-size foosball field for an embassy in Belize.

But the fact that the project isn't in Sen. Tom Coburn's annual report on ridiculous spending choices is probably one of the biggest victories ...

Government waste includes Swedish massages for rabbits, monkey gambling lessons

Tue, 2014-10-21 21:00

More than a dozen lucky rabbits were given Swedish massages four times a day, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, as part of a study to figure out whether massage can help recovery times after strenuous exercise — a practice Sen. Tom Coburn says makes a mockery of federal spending.

The rabbit ...

Immigrants' advocates sue DHS for information

Tue, 2014-10-21 19:58

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - Immigrant rights advocacy groups are suing the Department of Homeland Security to release information on their policies and procedures at an isolated detention center for Central American mothers and children in New Mexico.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other immigration advocates filed a ...

US House candidates meet for final debate

Tue, 2014-10-21 19:46

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis sparred Tuesday over the nation's health care overhaul in the final debate before voters decide who will become Montana's lone U.S. House representative in the Nov. 4 election.

They were joined by Libertarian Mike Fellows, who ...

'Ballot harvesting' by Colorado campaign workers raises vote abuse fears

Tue, 2014-10-21 18:51

DENVER — It's harvest time in Colorado, and not just for pumpkins. Concerns are running high over door-to-door campaign workers asking voters for their mail-in ballots in what is known as "ballot harvesting."

Now that all-mail voting is the law of the land in Colorado, the challenge for campaigns is ...

SC challengers hammer Gov. Haley in last debate

Tue, 2014-10-21 18:34

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The two major challengers to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley used their final debate Tuesday to attack her handling of problems at the state's child welfare agency and what they said is her lack of support for a law to take guns away from people ...

Ebola researchers frustrated by lack of support until outbreak hits

Tue, 2014-10-21 18:29

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Judith White, who runs a research lab at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test potential countermeasures against Ebola in March — just as Liberia was confirming its first two cases of the deadly virus.

The ...

Obama praises late Post editor Benjamin Bradlee

Tue, 2014-10-21 18:28

President Obama praised the late Washington Post editor Benjamin Bradlee Tuesday night as a "true newspaperman."

"For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession — it was a public good vital to our democracy," Mr. Obama said in a statement. "The standard he set — a standard for honest, ...

Chris Christie: 'I'm tired of hearing about minimum wage'

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:48

Democrats have been busy pushing their "Fair Shot" agenda ahead of the November midterms, and there's one Republican that's tired of hearing about it: New Jersey Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie.

"I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am," Mr. Christie said Tuesday during ...

Taxes used on rabbit massages, zombie plays and shooter game

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:37

More than a dozen lucky rabbits were given Swedish massages four times a day, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, as part of a study to figure out whether massage can help recovery times after strenuous exercise — a practice Sen. Tom Coburn says makes a mockery of federal spending.

The rabbit ...

Rick Scott, Charlie Crist spar over immigration, economy in Florida gubernatorial debate

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:29

Ground rules weren't a problem this time, but Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist fanned the political flames late Tuesday over immigration, the minimum wage and — in odd spurts — which of them had been poorer as a child.

The past and present governors, under the ...

CHARLES HURT: Rick Perry whiffs in President Obama's Ebola footsteps

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:24


Where is the GOP's John Wayne when you need him? Not, apparently, in Texas.

When Ebola-infected Thomas Duncan landed in Dallas, he instantly became a deadly international health threat to U.S. citizens and America's frontline health workers. The Liberian national became the face here for a growing pandemic that ...

Guinta, Shea-Porter debate health care, economy

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:23

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta are supporting different positions on health care, the economy and the role of government during a debate for the 1st congressional district seat.

Shea-Porter and Guinta, who are facing off against one another for the third time ...

Unpopular Obama sidelined during midterms

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:21

The White House Tuesday defended President Obama's increasingly invisible campaign work for congressional Democrats in the midterm elections and suggested that candidates who are shunning him will be to blame if Democrats lose control of the Senate.

With Mr. Obama relegated to raising money behind closed doors and appealing to ...

Inside the Beltway: Ebola Czar Day One: Mr. Klain's debut

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:20

Political point man or medical manager? That is the persistent question for Ron Klain, who officially begins his tenure as the nation's "Ebola response coordinator" on Wednesday. The choice of the deft Mr. Klain — an attorney and former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joseph R. Biden and Al ...

Thom Tillis Senate bid imperiled by tea party toll-road disdain

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:02

CHARLOTTE — They spoke one after another at a tea party meeting at an upscale pub — conservative voters and activists vowing to derail Republican Thom Tillis' run for U.S. Senate because, as state House speaker, he muscled through a toll road project.

"Since the creation of the automobile until ...

Hogan links release of inmate to Brown

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:40

Maryland's Republican candidate for governor, Larry Hogan, is taking swipes at his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, over the mistaken release of a murder suspect from a Baltimore detention facility over the weekend.

Inmate Rodriquez Purnell was mistakenly released from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore ...

AP-TX--Texas News Digest 6 pm, TX

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:05

Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Texas. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100 or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email Terry Wallace is on the desk.

A reminder: This information is ...

Ex-immigration officer gets 4 years for corruption

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:58

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former immigration officer who took bribes from Cambodian immigrants has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison.

Billy Nelms Sr. of Los Angeles was sentenced Monday.

Nelms was an immigration officer in Santa Ana. Federal prosecutors say that ...

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