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Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon 5:47pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

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U.S. Representative Ryan sees no government shutdown this year: paper

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Paul Ryan expects his Republican Party to avoid a U.S. government shutdown this year, he told a Washington newspaper, saying he thought they would fund federal agencies through the upcoming elections.

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California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

- Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

U.S. 20 Aug 2014
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U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban.

U.S., Subjects, Gay Marriage 20 Aug 2014
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McCain calls for dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State

EDGARTOWN Mass. - Republican Senator John McCain called on Wednesday for a dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and said the attacks should also extend into Syria.

Iraq 20 Aug 2014
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Texas Governor Perry enters 'not guilty' plea to felony charges: newspaper

AUSTIN Texas - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of abuse of power, according to a legal document posted on Wednesday by a newspaper.

U.S. 20 Aug 2014