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Kerry welcomes Chinese official to his Boston home

Secretary of State John Kerry has opened his home to a top Chinese diplomat for two days of discussions aimed at easing tensions between the two nations.

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

If there's one thing the "Ebola czar" knows, it's government.

GOP turns to Ebola fears in campaign drive

Republicans are tapping into Americans' fears about Ebola in their latest attacks on the competence of the Obama administration, adding a darker and more emotional edge to their main argument of the 2014 elections.

Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola

Virginia public health authorities say the woman who became ill in the Pentagon parking lot, setting off an Ebola scare, does not have the virus.

GOP ad in Neb. links Democrat to convicted killer

National Republicans launched an ad linking a Nebraska Democrat to a convicted murderer in a commercial echoing a spot with racial overtones that roiled the 1988 presidential race.

Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State

Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants -- and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Sikh massacre in India is issue in California race

Anger stemming from a 30-year-old religious clash in India that left thousands dead has crept into one of the closest and most expensive congressional races in the country.

Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iraq war, a senior defense official said Friday.

NSA reviewing official's part-time private work

The National Security Agency says it is reviewing its decision to allow a top official to work part time for a cybersecurity firm that is pitching its services to the financial sector.

Clinton to stump for Grimes as new poll favors GOP

Candidates in Kentucky's combative U.S. Senate race are bringing in outside help with two weeks to go as Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes will campaign with Bill Clinton on Tuesday and a trio of Republican congressmen will stump for Sen. Mitch McConnell beginning Monday.

Tax returns: Christie, wife made $698,838 in 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife reported nearly $700,000 in income last year, a significant jump from 2012.

White House remains opposed to travel ban

The White House is reaffirming its opposition to a travel ban that would stop people from coming to the United States from West Africa.

News Guide: National Democrats send $10M to allies

With nearly three weeks until Election Day, political parties and their committees on Friday were busy moving cash around with a sharp eye on the Senate, where control is at stake.

US to recognize same-sex marriages in 7 new states

The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in seven more states and extend federal benefits to those couples, the Justice Department said Friday.

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