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The Galveston County Daily News : Politics

September 18, 2014

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Feds release $71.5M withheld during migrant crisis

MIAMI (AP) — Groups that provide refugee services across the United States expressed relief Thursday after the federal government announced the release of $71.5 million it had reprogrammed in June to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this year.

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Spending bill leaves out immigration courts
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border — even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.

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Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.

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Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

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Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England.

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New lawsuit filed in dispute in Kansas Senate race
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A registered Democratic voter has filed a new petition with the Kansas Supreme Court asking it to force the party to name a new nominee for the U.S. Senate.

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Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president.

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Driver freed in Stratosphere crash commits suicide
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

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Kansas court: Remove Democrat from Senate ballot
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:01 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from the ballot, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday, in a decision that could make it harder for three-term Sen. Pat Roberts to win re-election in November as part of a Republican drive to win a Senate majority.

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