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U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach

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WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House and the Washington Post reported a separate security lapse of an armed contractor with a criminal record who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama.

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White House moves to deal with child migrant issue 12:07am BST

WASHINGTON - The White House announced its intention on Tuesday to establish refugee processing in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to try to deter unaccompanied children from resorting to crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on their own.

California bans political fundraising parties at lobbyists' homes 12:43am BST

SACRAMENTO Calif. - Lobbyists in California will be banned from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes and offices for state candidates under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed other proposals introduced in the wake of a series of ethics scandals.

U.S. judge dismisses Republican challenge to SEC pay-to-play rule 12:20am BST

- A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday dismissed a challenge by two state Republican parties to a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that imposes some restrictions on asset managers when they make campaign contributions.

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New York mayor orders higher minimum wage for thousands in city 30 Sep 2014

NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Tuesday to raise the minimum hourly wage by more than a dollar to $13.13 for potentially thousands of people working in the city.

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Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties, create model for world 30 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world.

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Among Chicago's black voters, disenchantment grows with Mayor Emanuel 30 Sep 2014

CHICAGO - Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community, but enough black voters have since soured on him that a black labor leader is emerging as a potential rival in the city's February election.

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California governor vetoes bill to protect franchisees' investments 30 Sep 2014

LOS ANGELES - California Governor Jerry Brown late on Monday vetoed a bill that would have helped franchisees recoup some of their business investments when a franchisor wrongly terminates their relationship.

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U.S. Supreme Court votes 5-4 to delay start of early Ohio voting 29 Sep 2014

CLEVELAND - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cut back on early voting in Ohio by preventing people from casting in-person ballots this week in the lead-up to the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

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Congress vote on campaign against Islamic State could lag to 2015 29 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress might not vote until next year on an authorization for President Barack Obama's air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, congressional aides said on Monday, despite some lawmakers' insistence that approval is already overdue.