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Clinton has edge in Nevada

Site of first Democratic debate

When the Democratic candidates for president take the stage for their first debate this week in Nevada, they’ll do so in a state that serves as a reminder of why Hillary Rodham Clinton is the front-runner for the nomination.

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Evidence mounts for El Nino that could east Calif. drought

Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s.

Rivers crest, I-95 opens as SC turns to recovery

As the worst of the floodwaters that roared through South Carolina washed out to sea, Gov. Nikki Haley and other officials said Monday it is time to start recovering instead of reacting to the ongoing emergency.

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Bush offers plan to repeal, replace federal health care law

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday proposed repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law with one that would increase tax credits for individuals, allowing them to buy coverage protection against “high-cost medical events.”

Prosecutions work to clean up defense supply chain

When Peter Picone sold counterfeit electronic parts from China and Hong Kong for use in U.S. Navy submarines, the U.S. Justice Department says, he knew their failure could have “catastrophic” consequences.

Syrian troops advance under Russian air cover

Russian jets intensified their airstrikes Monday in central Syria as government forces battled insurgents in a strategic area near a rebel-held province and a government stronghold.

Netanyahu accuses Arabs of inciting wave of stabbings

Palestinians carried out three stabbings Monday in Jerusalem, leaving a teenage Israeli boy in critical condition, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily accused the country’s Arab leaders of helping incite weeks of violence. Two of the attackers, both teenage boys, were killed.

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Angus Deaton wins Nobel economics price for poverty work

Angus Deaton of Princeton University won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for improving understanding of poverty and how people in poor countries respond to changes in economic policy.

Lucy The Elephant passes on PETA funds for renovation

Here’s one offer that Lucy, the Jersey shore’s giant elephant, will forget.

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California contest dubs 1,969-lb. pumpkin the plumpest

A rippled white gourd weighing in at 1,969 pounds took the title Monday for plumpest pumpkin at an annual San Francisco Bay Area contest.

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Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population.

Obama: Clinton made mistake; national security not endangered

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct government business when she served as secretary of state was a mistake but didn’t endanger national security, President Barack Obama said during an interview airing Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

House Republicans could back Ryan for speaker

If rebel conservatives and establishment Republicans in the House can agree on anything, it’s likely supporting Paul Ryan for speaker.

Southwest: Technical issues delay hundreds of flights

Southwest Airlines says hundreds of flights have been delayed by technical issues that are forcing it to check in some customers manually at airports and are causing long lines.

NATO: Helicopter crash at Kabul base kills 5

A military helicopter crashed in a non-hostile incident Sunday at the NATO base in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing five coalition members and injuring five others, authorities said.

Ex-soldier upset by no jail time recommendation for Bergdahl

A former member of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon said Sunday he’s angered by an Army officer’s recommendation that Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan.

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More cities recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day

More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.

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Blue sky and red ice on Pluto

The sky over Pluto may not be sunny but it’s undoubtedly blue.

Hamburgers might be on menu for Russian cosmonauts

Hamburgers could soon be debuting on Russian menus in space.

Kansas City-area group stocks up to prepare for calamity

Mark Rinke — a 32-year-old, married father of two in Olathe who worries about TEOTWAYKI (The End of the World As You Know It) — declined to be interviewed at his home for a strategic reason.