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Noah Smith: Better future needs push from government

Noah Smith: Better future needs push from government

Innovative progress in energy, infrastructure and biomed isn't always automatic.

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Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

WASHINGTON — Congress’ must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration’s request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border — even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.

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Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

WASHINGTON — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.

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Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country’s 307-year…

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Agency chief vows to streamline investigations of Border Patrol abuses

WASHINGTON — In an effort to speed up inquiries into Border Patrol agents, the agency overseeing them will criminally investigate officers suspected of excessive use of force and other abuses, its leader said Thursday as he announced changes to the agency’s response to such allegations.

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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

Militant gains illustrate the plight of Syrian Kurds.

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Argentina approves law for controlling prices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's worst inflation rates.

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Witness: 21 killed by Mexican army had surrendered

ARCELIA, Mexico — A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered a…

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Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

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CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

WASHINGTON — It’s time for flu vaccine again and while it’s important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

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Border Patrol to test wearing cameras

Border Patrol to test wearing cameras

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents’ use of force.

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Hamas No. 2: We don’t want another war, but ...

Hamas No. 2: We don’t want another war, but ...

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group’s No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unless a deal is reached on ending seven years of Israeli-Egyptian border closures of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

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Australian police: Raids thwart beheading plot

Australian police: Raids thwart beheading plot

SYDNEY — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said.

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Child-porn conviction is tossed: Navy surveillance is blamed

SEATTLE — Navy criminal investigators repeatedly and routinely peeked into the computers of private citizens in Washington state and elsewhere, a violation of the law so “massive” and egregious that an appeals court says it has no choice but to throw out the evidence against an Algona, Wash.…

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Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown

Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown

Sometimes authorities resort to detentions, beatings and confiscations.

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Obama needs Congress to approve military attacks

Obama needs Congress to approve military attacks

Constitution's text, illuminated by ratification debates, doesn't empower presidents to wage wars.

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Final approval is expected in the Senate as early as today.

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John Kerry, testifying on Capitol Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, said that an “Islamic state must be defeated. Period. End of story.”

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Air Force: 'So help me God' is optional

LAS VEGAS — Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words “so help me God” if they choose, Air Force officials said Wednesday.

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Dow closes at record after Fed keeps rates intact

Dow closes at record after Fed keeps rates intact

William McInerney, right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increa…

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