October 2, 2014

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Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat. Reid is not on the ballot this year, but his position as majority leader depends on Democrats denying Republicans the net six Read More…

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

In this picture taken Sunday, Finda Saah, 28, holds six-week-old Prosper Junior, as 5-year-old Alice and 13-year old son Augustin look on, at their St Paul  Bridge home in Monrovia, Liberia. Finda lost her husband to the deadly Ebola virus and gave birth three days later. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Soon her mother’s sorrow became so unbearable, her body so limp and heavy, that even Read More…

Government to reveal drug company payments to doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors. As conceived, the so-called Open Payments program was intended to allow patients to easily look up their own doctors online. That functionality won’t be Read More…

Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

A Guantanamo guard keeps watch from a tower overlooking the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in In this March 29, 2010 photo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects. A detainee sent back Read More…

Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles

Chinese tourists enjoy scenic on the Quanfu island, a Paracels of Sansha prefecture of China's Hainan province. A cheer erupted on board at the sight of the distant land, and passengers scurried to take pictures of each other at the railing holding China’s bright red flag. (AP Photo/Peng Peng)

ABOARD THE COCONUT PRINCESS (AP) — On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea. Cheers erupted on board at the sight of the distant land, and Zhang and the other passengers scurried to take pictures of each Read More…

Secret Service head faces questions on White House breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Washington scandals that end up on Capitol Hill tend to end the same way: with an apology. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face lawmakers Tuesday for the first public accounting of the details surrounding an embarrassing and worrisome security breach at the White House earlier this month that, according to a congressman, Read More…

Hong Kong leader says Beijing won’t back down

Student activists sleep in the shade of umbrellas, on a road near the government headquarters where pro-democracy activists have gathered and made camp Tuesday in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that China won’t back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub, dashing hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations. As pro-democracy protests that have blocked Hong Kong’s streets entered a fifth day, the Read More…

Indians disappointed in season, but see bright days ahead

Fans cheer the Cleveland Indians in their final  baseball game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — When their disjointed season ended, the Indians didn’t agonize over missing the playoffs. They did that a few days earlier. Following Sunday’s finale at home, there was nothing to do but move on. Corey Kluber took a lap around the clubhouse, the dominating Cy Young candidate stopping to share a heartfelt hug with Read More…

Ohio State: Defense more than a passing concern

Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Moore, left, runs a pass route as Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant defends. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — Just about everything during Saturday’s 50-28 victory over Cincinnati went well for No. 20 Ohio State. It’s the few things that didn’t that haunt coach Urban Meyer. “I hear someone say, ‘Just take away those four plays …’” Meyer said Monday. “But you can’t just take away those four plays. That’s part of Read More…

U.S. Supreme Court delays early voting in Ohio

Voters wait in line outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on Nov. 5, 2012, the final day of early voting.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

COLUMBUS — A divided U.S. Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin today. The justices’ order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from Ohio officials who wanted to delay a judge’s ruling lengthening the swing state’s early voting schedule. Ohioans can vote Read More…