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Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week, though the White House says the health crisis won't impact the three-day summit.

More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency

More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied to have their prison sentences cut short in the months since the Justice Department rolled out a new clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press.

Ex-Blackwater guard says didn't feel threatened

The defense team in the Blackwater trial attacked the testimony of a key prosecution witness Thursday, telling a jury that the witness lied to federal investigators even after he had sworn to tell the truth in an effort to win leniency in the case surrounding the killings of 14 Iraqis.

Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage

The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.

NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

NASA plans to make oxygen -- a key ingredient of rocket fuel -- on Mars early next decade.

Marion Barry's son jailed after latest arrest

Court documents show the only son of former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry has been jailed after he was caught driving on a revoked license.

$100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?

Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.

Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report.

Debit overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members.

State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers

President Barack Obama huddled with congressional lawmakers Thursday to discuss the numerous foreign policy crises facing his administration, including tensions with Russia and the war between Israel and Hamas.

GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have."

FDA approves Boehringer's once-a-day inhaler drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new long-acting inhaler drug from Boehringer Ingelheim to treat people with chronic lung disease.

Cracked rail caused 2012 Md. coal train derailment

A coal train derailment that killed two Maryland college students was caused by a broken rail on a section of track being monitored by a railroad because of previous problems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

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