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Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

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JACKSON Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

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U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law 24 Oct 2014

- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events.

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Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions 24 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said.

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Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges 24 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Republicans with an eye on next month’s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened public anxiety about the disease spreading outside of West Africa.

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White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list 24 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama's search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday.

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U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week 24 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON/DETROIT - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday.

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Florida Republicans in all-out drive for Hispanic vote 24 Oct 2014

MIAMI - When Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, walked into a bustling campaign field office late last month in Hialeah, a heavily Hispanic suburb of Miami, he was mobbed by volunteers hoping to be photographed with the candidate.

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U.S. diplomat criticizes PM Orban's Russia policies 24 Oct 2014

BUDAPEST - Hungary should back European Union sanctions against Russia and not talk about granting autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine at this time of instability, an American diplomat said in Budapest on Friday.

Democrat Michelle Nunn leads tight U.S. Senate race in Georgia: poll 24 Oct 2014

- Democrat Michelle Nunn has a narrow lead in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, according to a poll released on Friday, ensuring the state's open seat will remain a key national focus as Democrats and Republicans fight for majority control of the chamber.

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Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses 24 Oct 2014

- The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children, state officials said.