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US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

New questions over abortion coverage in health law

A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.

House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group.

White House backs use of body cameras by police

Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri.

First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.

Obama civil rights nominee withdraws

President Barack Obama's pick to be the government's chief civil rights attorney withdrew his nomination for the post Monday.

AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder

Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in November's elections.

Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections.

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

Chicago, New York and Honolulu have made the short list to host Barack Obama's future presidential library.

Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.

Statehood hearing for DC unlikely to spur change

Congress is dusting off the notion of statehood for the District of Columbia for the first time in 21 years, but that doesn't mean residents of the nation's capital are any closer to gaining representation on Capitol Hill.

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War soldiers -- one still living, one killed in action -- received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

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