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Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

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WASHINGTON - After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way.

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Secret Service director resigns under fire 12:22am BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.

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White House fence jumper pleads not guilty in September 19 breach 01 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - The Iraq war veteran accused in the September 19 breach of the White House pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court.

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Republicans craft 2015 plan to force Obama's hand on Keystone 01 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Republicans plan to put approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline on a fast track early next year if they win a U.S. Senate majority in November, finally forcing President Barack Obama to make a tough call on the controversial plan.

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Ex-madam turned NYC political candidate gets two years prison after drug plea 01 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - Kristin Davis, a one-time Manhattan madam who claimed to have supplied prostitutes to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and campaigned against him last year for city comptroller, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison for selling prescription drugs.

N.Y. state lawmaker accused of abusing travel, campaign funds 01 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - A New York state assemblyman who is running unopposed for his 11th term in a district in the New York City borough of Queens was arrested on Wednesday on charges of stealing campaign funds and abusing the state's travel voucher system, authorities said.

U.S. appeals court blocks parts of new North Carolina voter law 01 Oct 2014

CHARLOTTE N.C. - A U.S. appeals court blocked parts of a new North Carolina voter law on Wednesday, ruling just weeks ahead of the November elections that voting restrictions considered among the harshest in the country would disproportionately harm African-American voters.

Court says Kansas Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate 01 Oct 2014

KANSAS CITY Kan. - A court ruled on Wednesday that Kansas Democrats do not have to put a candidate on the ballot for the U.S Senate, a decision that is expected to boost chances of an independent beating the Republican incumbent in an election that may swing control of the chamber.

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Amid differences, Israel's Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran 01 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants.

Republican Baker pulls even with Democrat in Massachusetts governor race 01 Oct 2014

BOSTON - Republican businessman Charlie Baker has pulled even with Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the race to be the next governor of Massachusetts, a series of new polls showed.