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Traders anxiously await outcome of Fed meeting

Traders are anxiously awaiting the results later today of a meeting of the Federal Reserve in Washington, where officials have been weighing whether it's time to change monetary policy.

Giffords struggling to make guns a midterm issue

She has delivered the same 64-word speech eight times already, but Gabby Giffords is struggling to get through the ninth.

Court filing: FBI impersonated repairmen in ruse

Federal agents turned off Internet access to three luxury villas at a Las Vegas hotel then impersonated repair technicians to surreptitiously get inside and collect evidence in an investigation of online sports betting, according to defense lawyers challenging the practice.

White House says it has addressed computer threat

The White House says it has taken steps to address suspicious activity detected on its unclassified computer network.

Jeb Bush: Obama handling of Ebola 'incompetent'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama's initial handling of the Ebola crisis as "incompetent," saying it gave rise to unneeded fears among the American public about the virus.

Upset primary winner over Eric Cantor in debate

Republican Dave Brat, who toppled then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June primary, cast himself as a future check on President Barack Obama's policies as he debated a Democratic rival Tuesday at the Virginia college where both candidates teach.

Obama rallies for Dem seeking to oust Scott Walker

Rallying the party faithful, President Barack Obama cast Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday as an outdated Republican holding back Wisconsin's economy as he launched a final, weeklong campaign push for Democrats.

Report: Official quits over prostitution incident

The investigator who led the Homeland Security Department's internal review of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents on assignment in Colombia in 2012 has himself resigned over an incident involving a prostitute in Florida, The New York Times reported.

Official allowed others to believe he had Ph.D.

A key figure in a struggling Army intelligence program has for years allowed himself to be portrayed as a Ph.D. in engineering, even though he does not hold a doctoral degree, according to records and interviews.

US to increase security at some federal buildings

Security will be increased at various federal government buildings in Washington and other major American cities, the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday in what it described as a "precautionary step."

States ask Congress to intervene on drug prices

Medicaid chiefs from red and blue states are urging Congress to stem the cost of revolutionary new drugs for hepatitis C, cancer, and other diseases.

GOP blasts SC gov. candidate gaffe as sexist slur

The South Carolina Republican Party pounced Tuesday on what it calls Sen. Vincent Sheheen's sexist slur against Gov. Nikki Haley, while the Democratic challenger insisted he simply misspoke.

Judge declines to act on Georgia voting dispute

Days before the midterm elections, a state judge declined Tuesday to act in a dispute over 56,000 voter registration applications in one of the nation's most politically charged states.

Documents suggest Dems scaling back ad plans in SD

Senate Democrats are scaling back their spending in South Dakota, as recent polls show the Republican nominee, former Gov. Mike Rounds, moving ahead.

Where's czar? Ebola raises management questions

President Barack Obama's commander in the fight against Ebola was expected to operate below the public radar. But did that mean invisible?

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