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No boost yet for Dems from fight with extremists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a political rule of thumb that the public often rallies behind the president when the country faces peril from abroad. Sometimes, that can help candidates from his party in the next election....

AP EXCLUSIVE: CIA halts spying in Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials....

Some Kansas ballots to have no Democrat for Senate
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas will start sending voters living overseas a ballot for the November election with no Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate race that has unexpectedly become one of the most hotly-contested in the nation....

Kobach to add disclaimer to Kansas Senate ballots
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots are mailed to them Saturday....

Army opens Ranger school to women
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs....

Obama, Clinton urge women to back Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Heading into President Barack Obama's final midterm election in the White House, Democrats on Friday sought to energize female voters, pointing to women as key to the party's future....

DNC raises $7M in August, has $11M banked
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic National Committee raised $7.4 million last month but still owes vendors almost $2 million, according to financial reports filed Friday....

General: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population....

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East....

Foreign fighters, Ebola top Obama's UN agenda
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the White House said Friday....

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