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Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround

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MILWAUKEE - Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.

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U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia 5:46am BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said.

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Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq's Amerli 01 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population.

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Exclusive: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban 3:40am BST

WASHINGTON/SEOUL - Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

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Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist 01 Sep 2014

MIAMI - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations.

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Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics 01 Sep 2014

NEW ORLEANS La. - A U.S. federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have closed all five abortion clinics in the state.

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Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy 31 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

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Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli 01 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S.: lawmaker 01 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a "very serious threat" to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday. | Video

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California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill 30 Aug 2014

- A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.