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Republicans in chaos as favorite quits House leadership race


WASHINGTON - Republicans in Washington faced a sudden leadership vacuum on Thursday when the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, dropped out of the race in a surprise that raised concerns about the party's ability to govern effectively. | Video

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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New York board says officer used excessive force to arrest ex-tennis star

NEW YORK - One officer involved in the arrest of ex-tennis star James Blake, who was body-slammed outside a New York City hotel last month in a case of mistaken identity, used excessive force and another abused his authority, a police watchdog group has found.

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Some areas in flooded South Carolina facing second deluge

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's governor warned on Thursday that several coastal areas were about to be hit by a second round of major flooding, while residents inland hauled soaked furniture and appliances from homes left in ruins by unprecedented rainfall. | Video

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.

Student slain in Oregon college shooting honored at memorial

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Mourners on Thursday remembered a 33-year-old student who was among 10 people who died in a shooting rampage at an Oregon community college last week, in the first of a series of publicly announced memorial services for the victims.

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Captain of ill-fated ship El Faro was known as trusted mariner

PORTLAND, Maine - The captain of the ill-fated cargo ship that sank in a hurricane off the Bahamas with no survivors last week was an experienced and highly trusted mariner who had spent a lifetime on the water, friends and colleagues said.

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FBI says it disrupted activities of dozens of potential IS recruits

WASHINGTON - FBI counterterrorism agents followed dozens of potential militants around the United States full time over the summer and disrupted activities pursued by many of them, FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee on Thursday.

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Connecticut top court rejects bid to reconsider death penalty ban

MILFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by state prosecutors to reconsider its landmark decision in August that eliminated capital punishment in the state and spared the lives of nearly a dozen death-row inmates.

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California oversight of oil well injection sites inadequate: state review

SAN FRANCISCO - California's oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface during oil production is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday.

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