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Occupy Wall Street Buys Up Student Debt

Occupy Wall Street has been buying large quantities of student loan debt for a fraction of the value -- and then forgiving the loans.


Challengers Lead Kansas Races

A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed independent Greg Orman running ahead of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, even if Democrat Chad Taylor remains on the ballot.


Senate Says China Hacked Military Contractors

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, Senate investigators said Wednesday.


U.S. Intelligence Can't Track Westerners in Syria

A top American intelligence official is acknowledging that the U.S. has difficulty tracking the movements of Westerners in Syria who have joined rebels fighting President Bashar Assad.


Iraqi Leader Says No to Foreign Ground Troops

Iraq's prime minister said U.S. airstrikes have been helpful in the country's efforts to roll back the Islamic State terrorist group, but stressed that putting foreign boots on the ground "is out of the question."


Can Kobach Keep Taylor's Name on Ballot?

The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether the state's chief elections officer must fulfill a request from Democrats' nominee for the U.S. Senate to remove his name from the Nov. 4 election ballot.


Parameters Being Drawn for IS Action

Sen. Tim Kaine has drawn up legislation to authorize U.S. military force against Islamic extremists that would strictly limit the engagement of American ground forces.


Face to Face With Islamic State

As hundreds of worshippers streamed through the open doors, a young man with long, black hair emerged surrounded by the most thuggish bunch of gunmen I had ever come across in Syria, and that takes some doing.


Islamic State Power Base Emerges in Raqqa

Raqqa in northern Syria is Islamic State's power base and the focus of international efforts to defeat the Islamic extremists and rescue western hostages.


Chuck Hagel: U.S. Ground Troops Possible in ISIS War

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee concerning the military strategy to combat the Islamic State.


Kansas Justices Ask Why Cochrane Can't Withdraw

Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.


'Meltdown Mike' Video Plays to Both Sides of Aisle

A video of Bost's outburst in the Illinois House in 2012 has resurfaced as he seeks a congressional seat in southern Illinois that's been in Democratic hands for more than 20 years.


ISIS Grew Strong as al-Qaida Weakened

While the 13-year U.S. campaign against al-Qaida tamped down its core leadership, the number of extremist Sunni fighters more than doubled from 2010 to 2013.


Sanctions Push Russian Ruble to Historic Low

Russia's currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Tuesday as investors fret about long-term economic damage from Western sanctions.


Thousands Risk Losing Health Care Aid

Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.


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