Republicans in chaos as favorite quits House leadership race

WASHINGTON - Republicans in Washington struggled to fill a leadership void on Thursday as the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, quit the race in a surprise announcement that heightened concerns about the party's ability to govern effectively. | Video

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U.N. proposes unity government for Libya's warring factions, Tripoli balks

SKHIRAT, Morocco - The United Nations on Thursday proposed a national unity government to Libya's warring factions to end their conflict, but the deal faces resistance from Tripoli's self-declared rulers and hardliners on the ground.

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Fed awaiting evidence global chill not knocking U.S. off track

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve thought the economy was close to warranting an interest rate hike in September but policymakers wanted firmer evidence a global economic slowdown was not knocking America off course. | Video

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Collision course with a hurricane: How doomed U.S. ship met its end

NEW YORK/MIAMI - The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data.

EU gets tough on expelling migrants, talks to neighbors

LUXEMBOURG - European Union governments agreed on Thursday to step up deportations of illegal immigrants and discussed creating an EU border force among measures to cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war.

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France train attack hero Stone stabbed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who thwarted an August train attack in France, was stabbed several times during a fight outside a Sacramento bar early on Thursday and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said. | Video

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Bid to repeal California school vaccination law falls short

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children has fallen short of signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, state data showed on Thursday.