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Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, some leave early 5:13am EDT

UPPER MARLBORO Md. - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, though the event was marred somewhat by early departures of crowd members and a yelling heckler.

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Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming

PHOENIX - Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America.

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California mayor vocal in immigration debate suspected of drunken driving

SAN DIEGO - The mayor of Murrieta, California, who led a local backlash against the arrival of undocumented Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. border, has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in an accident that injured four teenagers.

17 Oct 2014

Outgoing Tennessee lawmaker ribs newly laid-off reporter

KNOXVILLE Tenn. - An outgoing Tennessee lawmaker representing a Knoxville district admitted on Friday to sending a ridiculing message on social media to a newly laid-off political reporter.

17 Oct 2014
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Kerry seeks to warm summit mood with dinner for China's top diplomat

BOSTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, to his Boston home on Friday for talks aimed at warming the often strained U.S.-China relationship ahead of a summit between their leaders next month.

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Obama signs order to tighten security for federal credit cards

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday to beef up security measures for federal credit cards, and urged banks and retailers to follow suit in an effort to combat the growing threat of identity fraud.

17 Oct 2014