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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

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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South Carolina city to pay $6.5 million over police shooting of black man

- The family of an unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer will get a $6.5 million settlement from North Charleston in South Carolina, city officials said on Thursday.

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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.

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Student slain in Oregon college shooting honored at memorial

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

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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

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

PORTLAND, Maine - The captain of the ill-fated U.S. 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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San Bernardino creditors attack city's debt payment plan

SAN FRANCISCO - Creditors objected to elements of the city of San Bernardino's initial debt payment plan at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing on Thursday, saying the city was not being forthcoming about what assets it had and complaining about the lengthy process.

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Witness identifies Virginia man accused of three murders as killer of final victim

FAIRFAX, Va. - A witness in the trial of an eccentric former Virginia political candidate charged with murdering three people over an 11-year span identified him on Thursday as the gunman who shot the last of the victims.

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

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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