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Crucial Iowa Senate race tied; Romney, Clinton lead for 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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WASHINGTON - The high-profile U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat, with Democratic Representative Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst each garnering the support of 45 percent of likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35 3:23am GMT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday.

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'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections 1:02am GMT

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.

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District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales 30 Oct 2014

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health 30 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election.

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Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack 30 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday.