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U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election 1:14am EDT

WASHINGTON - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

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District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales

WASHINGTON - Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week.

U.S. 30 Oct 2014
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Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

BOSTON - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement.

U.S. 30 Oct 2014
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Emerging threats, Senate shift could change U.S. budget debate: Boeing

WASHINGTON - Emerging threats such as Islamic State extremism and a possible switch to Republican control of the U.S. Senate could accelerate debate about the need to halt or ease mandatory cuts in the U.S. defense budget, a top Boeing Co executive said on Thursday.

30 Oct 2014
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U.S.-led forces rebuked for making Afghan troop evaluations secret

WASHINGTON - A move by U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan to classify a key assessment of multibillion dollar efforts to train and equip local security forces is "inexplicable" and hides issues from the public, a U.S. government watchdog said.

Afghanistan 30 Oct 2014
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Crist sees slight lead over Scott in Florida race for governor: poll

TALLAHASSEE Fla. - Democrat Charlie Crist holds a large edge among Florida's independent voters, giving him a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott in their bid for the nation's largest swing state, a poll on Thursday showed.

30 Oct 2014