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Obama may seek new funds to battle Islamic State: Senate aide 22 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq.

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Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio's New York

NEW YORK - It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers killing an unarmed black man.

U.S. 22 Aug 2014

Obama tech policy maven moves to Silicon Valley role

WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO - Todd Park, President Barack Obama's chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.

Tech 22 Aug 2014

Maine independent's campaign for governor boosted by ruling

PORTLAND Maine - A federal judge ruled on Friday that Maine law unfairly limits the amount of money supporters can contribute to independent candidates, providing a boost to the campaign of Eliot Cutler in one of the country’s most hotly contended governor’s races.

22 Aug 2014
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Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday. | Video

21 Aug 2014
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Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

TAMPA Fla. - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state.

Subjects, Gay Marriage, U.S. 21 Aug 2014