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Capitol Hill Re-Groups One Day After Surprise In Speaker's Race

GOP Eager for Paul Ryan to Run for House Speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012 is under pressure to run for House Speaker after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly pulled out of the race. But lawmakers said nothing was decided at a Friday gathering of House Republicans breaking news logo The Brief

Texas Southern University on Lockdown After 2 Shot

Texas Southern University is no longer on lockdown following the shooting death of a student at a university housing complex. Two people have been detained for questioning, officials said, and there is no active shooting investigation


Mexicans Say Sicario Hurts Country's Image

Residents in Juarez, Mexico held signs with messages such as “No somos sicarios,” or “We are not hit men,” in protest of the bloody portrayal of their city in the movie Sicario, which they say paints an unfair picture

Los Angeles

L.A. Acts to Protect Older Buildings from Earthquakes

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted tough new regulations that will require the owners of thousands of buildings to implement mandatory structural upgrades to protect the city for future earthquakes. But the law did not address how upgrades are to be paid for

Gallup Polling

Why Gallup Won't Poll the 2016 Election

The announcement this week that Gallup, one of America's most storied pollsters, will no longer do horse-race polling on who's ahead in the 2016 election cycle underscores the huge changes in the polling industry

File photo of Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet leaders before a news conference in Tunis

Tunisia Activists Win Nobel Peace Prize

The National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize for its contributions to the Arab Spring movement. "It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," the committee said in its citation

US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter

Obama Administration Will End Syrian Rebel Training

Defense officials say the Obama administration will end the program to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). The program, which cost $500 million, has not been effective in combating the terrorist group


California to Restrict Human Antibiotics for Livestock

California's governor is expected to sign legislation limiting use of antibiotics for livestock by the end of this weekend, a move that public health advocates say will reduce occurrences of food-borne illness and save lives