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Party committees spending $3M each day on House

The political parties' House campaign arms spent almost $51 million in the first two weeks of October -- or an average of almost $3.4 million every day -- according to campaign finance summaries released Thursday.

White House fence jumper held without bond

The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence was ordered held without bond in an appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate judge.

Cassidy has many opponents in Louisiana Senate bid

Mary Landrieu is the last Democrat to hold statewide office in Louisiana, a state that Mitt Romney won easily in 2012 and where President Barack Obama remains highly unpopular.

3 states wage fight to keep same-sex marriage ban

Three states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry.

US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

Islamic State militants are raking in money at a remarkable rate, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.

US announces $840M to improve medical care

The Obama administration is announcing an $840 million grant program to help doctors and hospitals improve the quality of care delivered to patients.

GOP's Senate arm collects $10M in 2 weeks

Senate Republicans' campaign arm picked up $10.1 million during the first two weeks of October and has spent has spent roughly $35.5 million since Sept. 1, according to fundraising summaries released Thursday.

AP-GfK Poll: Disapproval, doubt dominate on Ebola

Americans have at least some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country but generally disapprove of the way President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have handled the crisis so far.

US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.

Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives

Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups.

TV runner-up Aiken seeks win in NC House race

Eleven years after becoming a national TV sensation, Clay Aiken still attracts a crowd in central North Carolina. In an hour he could only get a block or so down the street during an old textile town's fall festival while fans stopped to talk and take pictures.

Goofy dinosaur blends Barney and Jar Jar Binks

Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws.

Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads

Senate Democrats' official campaign arm and one of its largest outside allies on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell.

Texas' Davis says she would welcome Obama visit

Democrat Wendy Davis said Wednesday she would welcome President Barack Obama campaigning for her in Texas after largely keeping distance from him throughout her underdog run for governor.

Senator blasts CIA for censoring 'torture' report

Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the document.

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