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Connecticut lieutenant governor race gets testy

In Connecticut's statewide elections, the races for governor or U.S. Senate are typically where the most political punches are thrown.

City leaders talk 2024 with US Olympic Committee

City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

Obama's UN envoy takes lead role in plane response

One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration's case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors.

House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect.

Obama to attend UN climate summit in September

President Barack Obama will attend a United Nations summit on climate change in September.

US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

House votes to boost child tax credit for some

More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

Senate backs new commandant for Marine Corps

The Senate has approved a new commander for the Marine Corps and a new leader in Afghanistan.

In Kansas, candidates spar over NSA

As a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo had a front-row seat to the brouhaha that erupted in Washington last year over revelations that the government was secretly collecting Americans’ data.

Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.

Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

Iran confirmed on Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held.

Malaysian cyclist reprimanded for Gaza protest

A Malaysian cyclist at the Commonwealth Games who wore gloves with "Save Gaza" written on them has been reprimanded by his team and warned he will be expelled if he does it again.

Obama aide says impeachment threat taken seriously

One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president.

Entenza complaint against state auditor dismissed

A legal complaint accusing State Auditor Rebecca Otto of misrepresenting her record has been dismissed.

Orders for US durable goods up 0.7 percent in June

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans.

Euro qualifying match moved amid policing spat

The German soccer federation has moved a European Championship qualifier between Germany and Gibraltar out of Bremen after the city's government decided that organizers should help pay for police deployments at high-risk matches.

Germany-Gibraltar match moved amid policing spat

The German football federation has moved a European Championship qualifier between Germany and Gibraltar out of Bremen after the city's government decided that organizers should help pay for police deployments at high-risk football matches.

Obama administration knew Islamic State was growing but did little to counter it

Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad.

Humane Society finances opponents of right-to-farm

The Humane Society of the United States has contributed $375,000 to an effort to defeat a Missouri ballot measure creating a constitutional right to farm.

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