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**FILE** Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (Associated Press)

Donnelly, Mourdock tied as money floods Ind. Senate race

In a Senate race many thought would be a relatively easy win for the GOP, a new poll released Thursday follows others showing Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly essentially tied with Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the race to replace Sen. Richard G. Lugar, the longtime Republican incumbent.

**FILE** Singer Madonna performs Aug. 28, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Evan Agostini/Invision/Associated Press)

Madonna: Obama 'black Muslim' comment meant as irony

Pop superstar Madonna is clarifying her recent comment during a Washington D.C. concert describing President Obama as a "black Muslim," saying she was poking a little fun at voters who doggedly believe the president is Muslim despite his repeated professions that he is a Christian.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax forms

Watchdog: Even government agencies fail to pay IRS

Federal agencies may be exempt from paying corporate income taxes but they still have other tax obligations such as withholding and paying employment taxes for their workers, and a new audit released Thursday found they owe $14 million in unpaid taxes.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (Associated Press)

McCain calls Obama's foreign policy 'feckless'

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican and ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, blasted President Obama's "failed, feckless" foreign policy Thursday morning and charged that Mr. Obama "does not believe that America should lead."

Officials signal a touchdown by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, obscured, on the last play of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 14-12. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Obama wants regular NFL refs back

President Obama hasn't had time to meet one-on-one with world leaders while in New York at the U.N., but he has kept abreast of much more parochial concerns — including the NFL's referee situation.