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Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor candidate influenced paper 5:15am EDT

CHICAGO - A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.

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Florida governor's race a dead heat, poll shows

TALLAHASSEE Fla. - Florida Governor Rick Scott and his challenger for re-election, former Governor Charlie Crist, are locked in a dead heat in their race to run the nation's largest swing state, poll results released on Wednesday show.

22 Oct 2014

Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk.

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Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal.

Ireland 21 Oct 2014

Corruption charges against Alabama House speaker 'gutter politics': Congressman

BIRMINGHAM Ala. - A prominent supporter of Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican indicted on 23 felony counts of corruption, condemned the charges against him on Tuesday as "Chicago-style gutter politics."

21 Oct 2014

Head of municipal securities office at U.S. SEC to leave agency

WASHINGTON - The director of the office of municipal securities at the Securities and Exchange Commission, John Cross, will leave his post in November to return to the U.S. Treasury Office of Tax Policy, the agency said on Tuesday.