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U.S. senators demand nationwide recall over Takata air bags

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WASHINGTON - Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective air bags that can launch metal shards into occupants.

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Former Louisiana mayor arrested on child porn possession charges 10:39pm BST

NEW ORLEANS - The former mayor of a small Louisiana city was arrested on Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said.

South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign 10:34pm BST

CHARLESTON S.C. - South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.

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U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes' 6:33pm BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services.

Oklahoma judge allows law on abortion pills to take effect 10:12pm BST

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law governing the use of an abortion-inducing drug to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk.

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'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid 2:03pm BST

ASHEBORO N.C. - "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is back on tour. This time he is trying to win over North Carolina voters with his political chops rather than his voice, and he has less than two weeks left to do it.

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Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor candidate influenced paper 10:15am BST

CHICAGO - A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.

Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign 2:28am BST

SEATTLE - A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday.

Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report 1:31am BST

CHARLESTON S.C. - Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Congressman should have been 'more sensitive' in suicide remarks: spokesman 1:25am BST

JUNEAU - A U.S. congressman should have taken a more "sensitive approach" when talking about teen suicide to a group of Alaska high school students he was addressing after a classmate recently took his own life, a spokesman said on Wednesday.