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U.S. lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions 15 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating legislation on Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria's government.

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South Carolina congressman Sanford, ex-wife head to mediation

CHARLESTON S.C. - South Carolina U.S. congressman Mark Sanford and his former wife have agreed to go to mediation over the latest spat arising from their divorce in 2010 after his extramarital affair while serving as the state's governor, a judge said on Monday.

U.S. 15 Sep 2014
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Politics a family business for many U.S. candidates this year

- Fighting for his political survival in a race that could swing majority control of the U.S. Senate, Arkansas Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor is leaning on a political asset no amount of campaign money can buy.

U.S. 15 Sep 2014
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Louisiana U.S. Senator Landrieu's campaign repays U.S. for airfare

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's campaign has paid back over $33,000 to the federal government for political travel wrongly billed to her Senate office over a 12-year period, her campaign said on Friday.

15 Sep 2014

Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia statehood

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state.

U.S. 15 Sep 2014
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A minimum-wage hike finds hope in U.S. heartland

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections.

15 Sep 2014