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New taxes or not, Pennsylvania's next governor faces fiscal morass 7:06am EDT

NEW YORK - The Democrat who could oust Pennsylvania's Republican governor in November wants to reshape the state's personal income tax system to make it more progressive.

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'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections

PORTLAND Me. - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending.

30 Oct 2014
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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