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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, an American flag flies from the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The federal government ran a lower budget deficit in August 2014 than a year ago, remaining on track to record the lowest deficit for the entire year since 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

It’s not for frugal: Half of the U.S. Senate gets an F in ‘fiscal performance’

- The Washington Times

Alas, almost half of the U.S. Senate has earned an F grade in “fiscal performance” according to the National Taxpayers Union’s 35th annual rating of Congress. Indeed, 45 senators received the rock bottom grade on the scorecard, which analyzes their responses to every single roll call vote affecting federal taxes, spending, debt and significant regulations.

Will Taco Tuesday penalty on California campus also kill Halloween?

Wearing traditional Mexican garb for Taco Tuesday earned a near death penalty for a sorority at California State University, Fullerton. It was “grotesquely inappropriate,” the dean of students decreed. Nothing said at the event offended the school’s draconian speech code, so the policy was expanded to cover clothing.

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Mentor swears in new Southeast Asia ambassador

- Associated Press

A newly appointed U.S. ambassador on Friday honored one of her first mentors, a federal appellate judge whom she chose to administer her oath of office.

Initial unemployment claims rise

Associated Press

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 13 increased from the previous week's total.

This Sept. 19, 201, 1 photo shows the Trump Taj Mahal Casino resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The casino's Internet gambling partner, Ultimate Gaming, said on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 it was ending its alliance with the Taj Mahal and pulling out of the New Jersey online gambling market.(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Ultimate leaving New Jersey online gambling market

- Associated Press

New Jersey's fledgling Internet gambling market lost its first provider Friday when Ultimate Gaming accused its partner, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, of multiple contract breaches and said it is pulling out of New Jersey.

School funding goal of Missouri Lottery Commission

- Associated Press

Members of the recently revamped Missouri Lottery Commission said Friday they want to make sure the agency is run like a business, efficiently pumping out the maximum funding for education.

FILE - In this Thursday, May 29, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, addresses members of the media in Foxborough, Mass. The NFL is under pressure from sponsors, fans and lawmakers for its handling of domestic violence allegations against several players. At issue is whether the league is acting swiftly enough to investigate or discipline players. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

- Associated Press

More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL's handling of players accused of crimes.

A woman pauses as she leans against a wooden slat that is part of her home destroyed by Hurricane Odile, in San Jose de los Cabos, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Water and electricity service remained out and phone service was intermittent. Electric commission officials said some 2,500 power poles were toppled by Odile, which struck late Sunday as a Category 3 storm. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Mexico struggles to return order to Los Cabos

Associated Press

Authorities struggled Friday to restore services and calm residents five days after Hurricane Odile knocked out power, water and phone service along the Baja Peninsula, sparking widespread looting in the resort area of Los Cabos.

Arizona candidates for governor, from left, republican Doug Ducey, democrat Fred DuVal and libertarian Barry Hess pose together for a selfie after a public debate at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mike Christy)

Ducey, DuVal differences narrow in 2nd debate

Associated Press

Republican Doug Ducey is trying to chip away at Democrat Fred DuVal's top issue, saying at a governor's candidate debate that he wants to jump-start the state's K-12 education system by replicating the success of Arizona's top schools statewide.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Chicago. Quinn is running against Republican Bruce Rauner in the November general election. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Quinn: No pension 'plan B' before court ruling

- Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan to solve Illinois' pension crisis despite urgent financial difficulties and signals the landmark law signed by the Chicago Democrat in 2013 could be found unconstitutional.

Republican candidate for Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, left, greets Democratic candidate Mike Ross after the two men debated at a Little Rock, Ark., television studio Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The two ex-congressmen are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Ross, Hutchinson spar over tax cuts, ads in debate

- Associated Press

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross sparred over their competing tax cut plans and negative ads blanketing Arkansas' airwaves as they squared off in an occasionally testy debate Friday night.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:58 p.m. CDT

Associated Press

Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke said Friday she cut ties with a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from platforms of other Democrats.

Firefighter Cameron Andersen, of the US Forest Service, pours water on burning embers while clearing hot spots of the King fire in the El Dorado National Forest near Georgetown, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.   More than 3,500 firefighters from various agencies are battling the blaze that started Saturday and has burned more than 70,000 acres.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Record amount of retardant used on California fire

- Associated Press

A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts - more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.

FILE - In this March 12, 2009 file photo, Peanut Corporation of America's president Stewart Parnell arrives a federal court in Lynchburg, Va. A federal jury in Albany, Ga., convicted Parnell and two others Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in connection with a salmonella outbreak that prompted one of the largest U.S. food recalls ever, sickened hundreds across the country and was linked to several deaths. Parnell was convicted on numerous counts including conspiracy, wire fraud and obstruction of justice related to shipping tainted peanut butter to customers and faking results of lab tests intended to screen for salmonella. (AP Photo/Don Petersen, File)

3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

- Associated Press

More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial that advocates said sends a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over safety.

OSHA investigates death of elephant caretaker

- Associated Press

Federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Maine man who was crushed by one of the two elephants in his care.

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

- Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business.