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Selling Mitch McConnell: What's love got to do with it? 8:03am EDT

PADUCAH Ky - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem.

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White House does not expect Obama, Iran's Rouhani to meet at U.N.

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday it did not expect President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would hold a meeting when they are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly next week.

World, Davos, United Nations 19 Sep 2014
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Spending, war disputes to dog post-election, lame-duck Congress

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress will face a contentious post-election session in November dominated by a longer-term spending bill and more wrenching questions over President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

19 Sep 2014
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White House anti-assault campaign uses stars, sports to reach campuses

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, got some help on Friday from the people many young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes. | Video

U.S., Entertainment, Sports 19 Sep 2014
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U.S. Congress urged to pass bill to speed development of antibiotics

WASHINGTON - Financial incentives and a more flexible regulatory approach are needed to persuade drug companies to develop new antibiotics, drug industry and public health experts told U.S. lawmakers on Friday, though some warned that modifying the drug approval process could jeopardize patient safety.

Health 19 Sep 2014
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U.S. won't stand in way of Venezuela's U.N. Security Council bid

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON - The United States will not stand in the way of Venezuela securing a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2015-16 after Latin American and Caribbean states unanimously endorsed its bid, U.N. diplomats and U.S. sources say.