Afghan forces called for air strike in Kunduz: U.S. general

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces asked for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before an air strike resulted in the deaths of civilians there, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday.

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House to vote on new speaker on October 29: Boehner

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote to elect its next speaker on Oct. 29, retiring House Speaker John Boehner announced on Monday. But with Republicans in turmoil, Boehner delayed the voting for other party leadership races.

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Amtrak train derails in Vermont, seven people hospitalized

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Body found in search for U.S. ship that vanished in hurricane

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Clinton vows to take on gun lobby, pledges tighter restrictions

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White House says Obama would veto current defense bill

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama would veto the current version of a bill to reauthorize U.S. defense spending as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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In Guatemala mudslide, searchers find dead huddled together

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