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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies 1:14am EDT

WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

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U.S. Congress could link inversion plan, tax breaks: lawmaker

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate's top Democratic tax-writer said on Tuesday he is considering linking legislation to curb foreign corporate buyout deals known as inversions with separate efforts to renew expired tax breaks that businesses want extended.

16 Sep 2014
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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

World, Iraq 16 Sep 2014

U.S. Ex-Im Bank extension seen likely though mid-2015: lawmakers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Export-Import Bank is likely to have its charter renewed through mid-2015 this week, even though lawmakers in both parties said on Tuesday they see the extension as a second-best solution.

16 Sep 2014

Oklahoma lawmaker proposes nitrogen gas for executions

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma lawmaker has proposed nitrogen gas as a possible alternative for executing condemned prisoners after a botched execution in April raised concerns about lethal injection.

16 Sep 2014