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New Jersey governor Christie takes step toward White House bid

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- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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Iowa governor taken to hospital, conscious and alert: office 7:20pm GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa - Six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad fell ill on Monday at an event in Johnston, Iowa, and was taken by ambulance conscious and alert to a Des Moines hospital, the governor's office said.

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U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight 7:09pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change.

Judge puts Alabama same-sex marriages on hold after striking down ban 4:21pm GMT

- Same-sex couples in Alabama will have to put their wedding plans on hold after a federal judge issued a two-week stay on her ruling that struck down the state's laws banning gay marriages, including those performed legally in other states.

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U.S. Embassy in Yemen to close to the public amid turmoil 5:08pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen to the public until further notice amid political turmoil after the government resigned under pressure from the Houthi rebel movement.

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U.S. government unveils goal to move Medicare away from fee-for-service 5:37pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.

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Obama, new Saudi king to discuss Yemen, Islamic State: White House 2:28pm GMT

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama and new Saudi Arabia King Salman are expected to discuss shared concerns about the turmoil in Yemen and the fight against Islamic State militants during their first formal meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, the White House said.

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Obama announces $4 billion in India investment and lending deals 2:21pm GMT

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced $4 billion in government-backed investments and lending to India, as he sought to scale up a trade relationship he said was "defined by so much untapped potential".

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U.S. sees role for India in battle against Islamic State 12:07pm GMT

NEW DELHI - India could play a role in battling Islamic State, the White House said on Monday during a visit to New Delhi by President Barack Obama, underlining Washington's confidence that India is increasingly prepared to engage on global security issues.

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N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Silver to temporarily relinquish duties: NYT 9:28am GMT

- New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the matter.