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Rand Paul says death penalty is a state issue

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— U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the racial imbalance of the nation's prisons that convinced him to support sentencing reform has not prompted him to scrutinize the death penalty in advance of a possible 2016 run for president.

  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.

  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    The Obama administration is considering giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border.

  • Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

    It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

  • Maxwell drops out of Nebraska congressional race

    A tea party activist in Omaha says he gathered enough signatures to get onto the November ballot for Nebraska's 2nd District congressional seat, but he decided not to run.

  • Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

    The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

  • Florida Sen. Rubio cites case of jailed opposition leader in latest push for sanctions on Venezuelan leaders

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who has been pushing the Obama administration to impose targeted sanctions on individuals committing human rights violations in Venezuela, flagged the recent case of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López in a letter to the president.

  • Ex-Redskin turns himself in to face assault case

    Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has turned himself in to police in a domestic violence case.

  • Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

    A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios.

  • US: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

    The Obama administration on Thursday accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites and asserted that Moscow is boosting its supply of weaponry to pro-Russian separatists.

  • Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.

  • Morgan Stanley paying $275M to settle SEC charges

    Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $275 million to settle U.S. civil charges that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds it sold ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Florida judge skeptical about fixing map now

    A Florida judge said Thursday that he's "extremely skeptical" about changing the state's congressional districts before the 2014 elections.

  • Land amends report to change bank account's status

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has amended her financial disclosure statement to change the status of a checking account her campaign says is the source of nearly $3 million she's given her campaign.

  • APNewsBreak: No public money for IP candidate

    Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet said Thursday she failed to qualify for a public campaign subsidy in the Minnesota gubernatorial race, a significant setback that's a financial gain for her opponents.

  • US airlines resume flights to Israel

    The FAA, heavily criticized by the Israeli government, took the action late Wednesday night.

  • House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

    Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.

  • Bernie Sanders for president 2016? It could happen

    Bernie Sanders for President 2016?

  • AG candidate Ozanne fails to account for spending

    Attorney general hopeful Ismael Ozanne failed to supply a reason for spending $33,000 in campaign cash on finance reports he filed with state elections officials earlier this week.

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