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Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response as fourth case emerges 12:37pm EDT

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's response to Ebola ran into fresh criticism from Republicans in Congress on Friday, as the emergence of a fourth U.S. case in New York City heightened public anxiety about the potential spread of the virus.

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U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week.

U.S., 23 Oct 2014
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U.S. senators demand nationwide recall over Takata air bags

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective air bags that can launch metal shards into occupants.

23 Oct 2014
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Former Louisiana mayor arrested on child porn possession charges

NEW ORLEANS - The former mayor of a small Louisiana city was arrested on Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said.

U.S. 23 Oct 2014

Kentucky lawmaker charged with bribing coal mine inspector

LOUISVILLE Ky. - A Kentucky state lawmaker who is also a coal mine owner was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on charges he bribed an inspector so his mines would not receive citations.

23 Oct 2014

South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign

CHARLESTON S.C. - South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.

23 Oct 2014