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U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach 2:05pm EDT

WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised them it would never happen again.

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Congress vote on campaign against Islamic State could lag to 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress might not vote until next year on an authorization for President Barack Obama's air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, congressional aides said on Monday, despite some lawmakers' insistence that approval is already overdue.

Iraq 29 Sep 2014
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New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday.

U.S., Tech, Media, 29 Sep 2014
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Supreme Court meets to consider taking gay marriage cases

WASHINGTON - The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court met behind closed doors on Monday to consider whether they should take up the hotly contested question of whether states can ban gay marriage.

U.S. 29 Sep 2014
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Obama voices confidence Democrats can keep control of U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, citing an economic rebound, said in a CBS interview he feels Democrats can keep control of the U.S. Senate in November elections, although he acknowledged many Americans did not feel the economy was recovering.

28 Sep 2014
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U.S. trade pact in spotlight as new EU Commission faces grilling

BRUSSELS - The European Union's likely next trade chief will face tough questions about how she would handle free trade negotiations with the United States when confirmation hearings for the new European Commission open on Monday.

29 Sep 2014