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AP Top Political News At 4:23 p.m. EDT

Hillary Clinton rallies women in New England
BOSTON (AP) -- Democrats are turning to Hillary Rodham Clinton to drum up support among female voters as polls show her party could be losing ground among women in next month's elections....

Ex-FARC commander sentenced to 27 years in prison
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the three men he once held hostage looked on, a former commander of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was sentenced on Friday to 27 years in a federal prison for their mistreatment during five years of captivity....

House Democrats on defense in Nevada
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Democrats are buying ad time in Las Vegas to help a first-term incumbent who wasn't considered vulnerable just two weeks ago....

US official: Auto safety agency under review
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and safety advocates for not acting aggressively enough regarding millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches....

Former Obama lawyer nixes attorney general offer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has told President Barack Obama she doesn't want to be nominated for attorney general, after he asked her to consider succeeding Eric Holder, people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday....

'Kissing' congressman confronts scandal
MONROE, La. (AP) -- Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee....

GOP candidates treading gingerly on climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in competitive races are treading gingerly around climate change this campaign season, often saying they are not in a good position to make a judgment on the issue, then pivoting quickly to express concern for the environment, the economy or both....

Kerry says no apology to NKorea to free Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged North Korea to release two detained Americans to build goodwill with the United States, but ruled out providing a U.S. apology to Pyongyang to win their freedom....

FACT CHECK: Making 97 percent a failing grade
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Republicans trying to take back control of the U.S. Senate are working hard to sear one big number into the brains of voters from Alaska to Arkansas: 90 percent. Or 95 percent. Or 97 percent....

Republicans question federal response on Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new Ebola infection in New York City exposed flaws in the system and raised new concerns, lawmakers said Friday, as they criticized the federal response to the outbreak and questioned top officials' credibility....

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