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GOP senators urge Obama to hold off on immigration

The three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation, which remains stalled in Congress, on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to hold off on any steps to shield millions of people from deportation.

Same-party races challenge California incumbents

California congressmen Mike Honda and Tom McClintock have never apologized for their strong partisan leanings and are not about to start now.

Obama in Rhode Island: 'Get it done' for Raimondo

First lady Michelle Obama urged voters to "get it done" for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo, saying Thursday that the race is close and she needs every last vote.

Graham: Remark about helping white men was joke

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's remark at a private, all-male dinner about only helping white men if he became president was a joke taken out of context, his campaign said Thursday.

Justices consider Texas rape-murder case

A black inmate on Texas' death row who claims he had a clandestine relationship with a white woman but did not rape or kill her is asking the Supreme Court to take his case.

Democratic areas win more transportation grants

Just two months before next week's midterm elections, the Obama administration in September awarded the biggest share of almost $600 million in economic stimulus-based transportation grants to projects in districts with a Democratic congressman even though Republicans represent 34 more House districts across the country, an Associated Press analysis has found.

Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate

President Barack Obama will rally votes for the Democratic candidate for governor in Maine on Thursday, the latest in a burst of campaign appearances Obama is making before next week's midterm elections after months of sitting on the sidelines because of his low approval ratings and unpopularity in some states.

Only 2 of 4 Supreme Court races contested

While four state Supreme Court justices are seeking re-election this year, only two face opponents in the November election.

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.

Yellen: Awareness of economists' diversity needed

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she wants to raise awareness of the need for diversity among economists, with relatively few women and minorities still choosing to major in economics in college.

Analysts predict economy showed strong growth in 3rd quarter

It's what economists call sustained growth. That's when the U.S. economy expands by a relatively robust margin over a period of several months.

For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

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