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US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama's plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unlawful power grab....

Debate appears likely to topple 36-year ratings record
NEW YORK (AP) -- The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday appears likely to set a record for the most-watched presidential debate ever....

Trump blames others after combative debate with Clinton
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate....

Senate blocks stopgap bill to prevent shutdown this weekend
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday stumbled over a must-do bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend and to fund the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats, demanding money so Flint, Michigan, can address its lead-contaminated water crisis, overwhelmingly opposed the measure, as did a dozen of the Senate's most conservative members....

AP-GfK poll: Voters more confident in Trump's health
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The "stamina," the "look": A new poll suggests voters are buying in to Donald Trump's insinuations about Hillary Clinton's health. They're ignoring the medical reports....

Many women say Trump showed too much testosterone at debate
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Constant interruption. A condescending tone. Eye-rolling....

Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) -- Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For all of his occasional restraint, Donald Trump offered debate viewers a greatest-hits collection from his history of mangled facts, with some new ones thrown in. For all of her policy sobriety, Hillary Clinton was far from flawless....

Biden assails Trump on housing crisis remarks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday questioned Donald Trump's "moral center" as a result of the Republican presidential candidate's comments about America's housing collapse....

Defense chief: 9/11 bill could be devastating to US military
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for allegedly backing the terrorists who carried out the attacks could be devastating to the U.S. military, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter....

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