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Options for protection come with flu season

It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

GOP holds Hagan to standard she used in 2008

Six years ago, little-known North Carolina state legislator Kay Hagan upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole after Hagan and her Democratic allies drilled in voters' minds the idea that Dole was too closely aligned to an unpopular president.

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

Court ruling won't end Kansas Senate dispute

Democratic leaders in Kansas face another legal battle aimed at forcing them to pick a new U.S. Senate candidate, after the state Supreme Court removed their nominee from the ballot in a move that could hurt three-term incumbent Pat Roberts and Republican hopes for a Senate majority.

Loser to Sen. Thad Cochran files appeal arguments

A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran.

Kansas court: Remove Democrat from Senate ballot

Kansas must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the ballot, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision that could hinder three-term Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election in November and hurt Republicans hoping to win a Senate majority.

Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.

Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border -- even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.

New lawsuit filed in dispute in Kansas Senate race

A registered Democratic voter has filed a new petition with the Kansas Supreme Court asking it to force the party to name a new nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians

One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president.

Obama: Vote shows US united against Islamic State

President Barack Obama says a bipartisan Senate vote to authorize arming and training Syrian rebels shows the world that Americans are united in combating the Islamic State group.

House GOP repackages election-year bills

In case you missed them the first time, House Republicans have passed an election-year package of tax cuts, regulation reductions and, once again, a tweak to President Barack Obama's health law. As before, they stand no chance of becoming law.

Congress OKs bill to cut rape evidence backlog

Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases.

Senate blocks effort to stop Obama on immigration

Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican effort to prevent President Barack Obama from acting unilaterally on immigration.

Senate races: Democrats decry birth control plan

When a handful of Republican Senate candidates called for oral contraceptives to be sold without a prescription, Democrats cried foul.

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