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Law
2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

As Election Nears, Voting Laws Still Unclear In Some States

Voters walk to an early voting site to cast their ballots on Aug. 11 in Miami. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state. Meanwhile, as Election Day nears, courts are still considering cases about early voting in North Carolina, and voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 11:43 am

Midterm elections are less than six weeks away, but the rules for voting in some states are still unclear. This week alone, courts have been considering challenges to voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin, and whether limits on early voting in North Carolina should stay in place. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court panel in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state, although state officials say they'll appeal.

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Religion
2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Vatican Arrests One Of Its Own On Child Sex Abuse Charges

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 4:14 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Dire Predictions On Ebola's Spread From Top Health Organizations

A World Health Organization worker trains nurses how to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Michael Duff AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:55 pm

Two of the world's top health organizations released predictions Tuesday warning how bad the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could get.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization agree that the epidemic is speeding up. But the CDC's worst-case scenario is a jaw-dropper: If interventions don't start working soon, as many as 1.4 million people could be infected by Jan. 20, the agency reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Shots - Health News
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success

David Combs, an insurance broker in Kentucky, wound up benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, even though early on he had figured the law would put brokers out of business.
Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:33 pm

David Combs has been a health insurance broker in London, Ky., for more than 15 years. When the Affordable Care Act became law, he read it, from cover to cover. Then he sold his agency.

The mainstay of his business had been selling insurance coverage to small companies, and, the way he saw it, here was the government, stepping in and offering to sell it online instead. Combs and many others thought brokers would go the way of travel agents, no longer needed in a do-it-yourself online marketplace.

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Middle East
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Thousands Of Syrian Kurds Fleeing Islamic State

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Middle East
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

U.S. Regional Partners Offer Vocal Support Of Syria Airstrikes

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 1:29 pm

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Middle East
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

ISIS Videos Employ 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' Approach

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 3:20 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Peter Neumann, professor of security studies at the Department of War Studies at King's College London, about new ISIS production techniques and the release of their new video showing the kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

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Middle East
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Khorasan Group Composed Of Al-Qaida Veterans

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 3:20 pm

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World
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

At U.N., Attention Divided Between Airstrikes And Climate Chage

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 1:30 pm

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President Obama is in New York to address the UN on climate change today, but his decision to make good on threats to expand his air war against militants of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS into Syria dominated the day.

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National Security
3:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

President Obama signs H.J. Res 124, which includes appropriations to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. For now, the effort will be paid for from an account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama now has the approval he sought from Congress to train and arm trusted Syrian rebel forces.

What he didn't get from Congress was the money to pay for the mission.

Lawmakers — who've skipped town for the campaign trail — also didn't approve any new money to pay for the broader air campaign against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

So where will the money come from?

For a while, at least, combat in Iraq and Syria will probably be paid for from a special account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

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