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U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian rebels 2:12pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that U.S. troops might need to take on a larger ground role as they fend off Islamic State militants in Iraq, but the White House stressed there would be no combat mission for U.S. ground forces.

World, Syria, Iraq 2:30pm EDT
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U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

- Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.

U.S., Health, Environment 12:37pm EDT

Virginia sues 13 banks for $1 billion over alleged mortgage bond fraud

RICHMOND Va./WASHINGTON - The state of Virginia said on Tuesday that it sued units of Citigroup Inc, Deutsche Bank AG and 11 other banks, accusing them of defrauding the state's retirement fund by selling it shoddy mortgage bonds in the run-up to the recent financial crisis.

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Connecticut ex-governor opens defense in campaign law trial

NEW HAVEN Conn. - The first defense witness in the trial of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland testified on Monday that Rowland performed legitimate consulting services for a nursing home company, countering prosecutors who say he worked under a phony contract in violation of federal campaign laws.

U.S. 15 Sep 2014
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New Hampshire Senate race tied between Brown, Shaheen: poll

BOSTON - Former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown has pulled even with incumbent New Hampshire Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in his bid to unseat her this fall, according to the first poll of likely voters since Brown won a three-way Republican primary.

Elizabeth Warren 15 Sep 2014