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McCarthy drops out as GOP speaker candidate in shocker

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin  McCarthy, dogged by persistent skepticism from hard-core conservatives and facing questions about his qualifications, abruptly withdrew Thursday from the race to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House of Representatives. McCarthy, R-Calif., who began Thursday as an embattled but clear favorite to win the ...

Pennsylvania hardliners mum on GOP House leadership

By Salena Zito
Pennsylvania’s two known members of the hardline Freedom Caucus, a small but crucial bloc in the House GOP, won’t talk about the speaker race. Neither ...

Dozens of terror plots disrupted in America, FBI claims

Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — FBI counterterrorism agents followed dozens of potential terrorists around the United States full time over the summer and disrupted activities pursued by many of them, FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee Thursday. Comey told the Senate Committee ...

Oregon college town sets gun rights protest for Obama visit

By The Associated Press
ROSEBURG, Ore. — When President Obama arrives here Friday, he will find a timber town in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community college students and a teacher. He also will find another deeply held emotion: seething anger over ...

Hero in French train terrorist attack injured in bar brawl

By The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously injured outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what ...

South Carolina capital’s drinking water at risk

By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s capital city had too much water. Now officials are racing to make sure it has enough. A canal that serves as the main source of drinking water for about half of the Columbia water system’s 375,000 customers ...

FDA sued for failing to regulate salt in food

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — A prominent consumer advocacy group sued the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday for failing to regulate the amount of salt in the nation’s food supply. The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants the FDA to act ...

Wrong drug may have been used in Okla. execution

By The Washington Post 12:01 a.m.
Oklahoma may have used the wrong drug during an execution in January, just days before the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the state’s lethal-injection protocol, officials said Thursday. The revelation arrived a week after Oklahoma hastily called off ...

Ex-CEO of Chicago Public Schools to plead guilty to $23 million kickback scheme

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools plans to plead guilty to corruption charges announced Thursday that allege she helped steer more than $23 million worth of no-bid contracts to education companies in exchange for hundreds of thousands ...

Raids aim to weed out growers on federal land

By The Associated Press
DENVER — Colorado’s high-country chill makes it a tough place to grow marijuana outside. But federal authorities say legalization has emboldened pot growers into planting weed on the state’s sparsely populated federal lands, often for shipment to other states. Investigators are ...

Ohio teacher accused in husband’s vehicular death gets job back

By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A second-grade teacher accused of killing her husband by striking him with her car while their two children watched in horror got her job back Thursday after charges against her were dropped and the school superintendent listened ...

World News

EU hardens stance on immigration

By The Los Angeles Times
Inundated with half a million asylum seekers already this year, Europe is sharpening its latest message to would-be new arrivals: Don’t come. Security ministers from the European Union’s 28 countries agreed Thursday to step up deportations of people deemed to be ...

Middle East

Saudi Arabia accused of neglect in hajj stampede deaths

By The Associated Press
MINA, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia was accused of neglect Friday in the hajj disaster that killed more than 700 people, the second tragedy at ...

Betsy Hiel

Theory boosts hopes of finding ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves hopes to find the burial room of a “super-queen” when he opens two secret chambers sealed for centuries in one ...