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Officials track contacts of Ebola patient in Texas

DALLAS — A nine-member team of federal health officials is tracking anyone who had close contact with a man being treated for Ebola in a Dallas hospital, the director of the nation’s top disease-fighting agency said today.

Secret Service head takes heat for White House breach

WASHINGTON — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.

Drought has 14 communities on the brink of waterlessness

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. — Under the blistering Central Valley sun, Filiberta Sanchez and her toddler granddaughter strolled down a Parkwood sidewalk lined with yellow weeds, dying grass and trees more fit for kindling than shade.

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation imposing the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.

Attorney General Holder resigns

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eric Holder, America’s first black attorney general and a champion of civil rights in enforcing the nation’s laws, announced his resignation Thursday after leading the Justice Department since the first days of President Barack Obama’s term. He is the fourth-longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history.

Fire at air traffic center halts Chicago flights

CHICAGO — All flights in and out of Chicago’s two airports were halted today after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the nation’s air travel network.
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Most new immigrants fail to report to agents

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.
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Suspect arrested, no signs of missing woman

GALVESTON, Texas — A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore has been captured in Texas and is awaiting extradition — but there is still no sign of the student.

White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first black attorney general.

Navajos win $554 million settlement

The Navajo Nation is poised receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a single American Indian tribe.
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Obama: Dismantle ‘network of death’

President Obama today called on world leaders meeting at the United Nations to “choose hope over fear” by fighting sectarian conflict and extremism, beginning with the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq but branching out beyond the Middle East.

U.S., Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State military strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and a simultaneous U.S. strike targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting direct assaults on American and other Western interests, the U.S. military said today. President Barack Obama declared that Arab support for the airstrikes “makes it clear to the world this is not America’s fight alone.”

Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State group militants is halfway home, after approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say it’s expected to pass handily.
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Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.
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Burned lumber town takes stock

WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.
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King fire threatens 1,632 homes in Northern California

The fast-growing King fire in Eldorado National Forest now threatens nearly 2,500 structures, more than half of them homes, as thousands of firefighters try to get a handle on the out-of-control blaze.

Police still hunting trooper ambush suspect

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Authorities hunting for a suspect in last week’s fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks chased down several mistaken sightings today as schools closed and the public remained on edge.

Food stamp cuts to hit four states

Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states — Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire — far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, The Associated Press has found.