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US airdrops arms to Kurdish forces fighting in Syrian town of Kobani

The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces

Gov. Jerry Brown pursues lasting policy legacy in California

Jerry Brown is on the verge of doing what no one has ever done in California and what no one may ever do again: get elected to a fourth term as governor. Read more »

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

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Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to... Read more »

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New Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

Ron Klain, President Barack Obama's new point man on Ebola, has no medical or public health background. But he does have a wealth of experience managing unruly federal bureaucracies in times of... Read more »

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US military sees long haul ahead for war with Islamic State

Ten weeks into its war against Islamic State extremists, the Pentagon is settling in for the long haul, short on big early successes but still banking on enlisting Syrians and Iraqis to fight the... Read more »

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Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats,... Read more »

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Another year, another small Social Security bump

For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January. Read more »

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Supreme Court justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. Read more »

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Bishops revise document on gays, expect approval

Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval Saturday of a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report is a "balanced" reflection of... Read more »

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Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

There was no fire alarm at the garment factory outside Florence where Chen Changzhong worked and lived. Read more »

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World Health Organization won't discuss Ebola mistakes document

The World Health Organization says it won't explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press in which the U.N. health agency said it fumbled early attempts to... Read more »

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Soldiers' rights activist jailed in Russia

A veteran activist who investigated the deaths and disappearances of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has been jailed, an advocacy group said Saturday. Read more »

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Federally owned schools for Native Americans face decayed buildings, poverty

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation's lowest performing. Read more »

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Food deliveries in Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

The U.N.'s World Food Program on Saturday delivered emergency food rations to 265,000 people, many of them quarantined in Sierra Leone, to help fight the spread of Ebola. Read more »

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Sen. Graham turns to getting out the vote in race

As the days dwindle before the Nov. 4 election, both U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger Brad Hutto are trying to make sure their supporters get ready to vote. Read more »

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US-led strike kills 8 in IS-held Syria town

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in an eastern Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least eight people,... Read more »

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Omaha police focus on community relations pays off

When Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer took over the department's top post in 2012, the city was dealing with gun violence at an all-time high. Two years later, homicides have dropped dramatically... Read more »

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In Ohio Ebola probe, info-sharing a sensitive task

Officials addressing Ebola concerns in Ohio say they're trying to keep the public adequately informed without prompting panic or drawing undue attention to people who aren't sick and pose no risk. Read more »

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Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group

With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese... Read more »

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GOP targets Dem House districts that backed Mitt Romney

Republicans are waging a take-no-prisoners battle to boot Democrats from what they consider GOP property: seats from House districts that presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Read more »

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Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree

Is Ebola the world's worst infectious disease threat since AIDS? In his three decades in public health, the only thing like Ebola has been the AIDS epidemic, said Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the... Read more »

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9 more bodies push Nepal blizzard death toll to 38

A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week's series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking... Read more »

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Yemen's rebels attack home of Islamist, 12 killed

Yemen's empowered Shiite rebels attacked the home of a rival Islamist politician south of the capital on Saturday, setting off clashes that left 12 people dead, security officials said, adding that... Read more »

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The role faith leaders play in national crises like Ferguson

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High-profile religious figures descended on Ferguson, Missouri, this week to support ongoing protests. Read more »

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Evangelical Christian pastors frame environmentalism in religious terms

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In a new study, evangelical Protestants were the only Christians to show significant growth in their concern for the environment over the past 20 years. Read more »

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Site for Greek church near WTC gets blessing

Hundreds of members of New York's Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony Saturday for a new church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan that will replace a house of worship that was... Read more »

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