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Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s nearly as certain as Oregon’s rainy season. When there’s an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that’s rare in most other places in America. They did it again this year. Average voter … Continue reading

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Obama, Jeter tee off on exclusive Vegas course

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing golf at an exclusive Las Vegas-area course with a retired shortstop, a Democratic Party donor and a newspaper owner. After Obama took about five hours to play the 18 … Continue reading

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St. Louis County fortifies police headquarters before Ferguson grand jury ruling

View gallery . Workers put up barricades around the St. Louis County Police Department on Saturday. (Yahoo/Jason Sickles) CLAYTON, Mo. — On Saturday, grand jury watch started to feel more like a hurricane watch here in the heart of St. … Continue reading

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Obama’s day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter

NORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) – Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great … Continue reading

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Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said. The decision, made … Continue reading

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U.S. plans to arm Iraq’s Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a … Continue reading

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Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

WASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from … Continue reading

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Generic Drug Price Sticker Shock Prompts Probe by Congress

The prices of some common generic drugs have skyrocketed in recent years, but the reasons remain murky, lawmakers said. The hearing of the Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging on Thursday was called after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and … Continue reading

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Immigration: President Obama ‘Damaging Presidency’ With Unilateral Action, Boehner Says

House Speaker John Boehner said that President Obama is damaging the institution of the presidency by taking unilateral action to reform the country’s immigration laws, setting up another political showdown on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as Republicans work on … Continue reading

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2 in Missouri Charged With Lying on Forms to Buy Guns Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

Federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown. Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin only faced those charges as of late Friday, … Continue reading

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