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No date for IS war vote as Congress waits on Obama

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Congressional authorization of the U.S. war against Islamic State extremists has gone nowhere in the two weeks since President Barack Obama vowed to coordinate with lawmakers on a stronger legal basis for military action, prompting growing frustration with the White House. Republicans and Democrats say the administration isn't prioritizing the effort, having yet to outline what it wants from Congress or to dispatch top officials to testify. As a result, congressional aides say, a new...

Justices reject condemned Missouri inmate’s appeal

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Missouri, Nov 19 (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid Tuesday by Missouri inmate Leon Taylor to halt his execution, just hours before he was scheduled to be put to death. The court rejected two appeals without comment, although liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia...

Catholic Diocese offers plan to settle abuse claim

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Montana, Nov 19 (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that proposes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who said clergy members sexually abused them for decades while the church covered it up. The plan, filed late Monday, calls for the...

Minnesota health care workers to join Ebola fight

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Minneapolis, Nov 19 (AP) - As a nurse, Doris Parker says she is used to being exposed to AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, so she's not afraid to return to Liberia to help her native country fight a deadly Ebola outbreak. "I have a strong conviction this is what I need to do," said...

Fast-tracked bill would shield execution drug

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Ohio, Nov 19 (AP) - A bill that would shield the names of companies that provide Ohio its execution drugs continued its swift move through the state Legislature on Tuesday as opponents questioned a key defense of the measure. Those opponents got a minor boost when an official with the attorney...

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