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Virginia-based National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee billboards in Des Moines, Iowa, and Baltimore urge the retired pediatric neurosurgeon to make a bid for the White House in 2016.

Ben Carson wins presidential straw poll, wows ‘em in Iowa

- The Washington Times

Well, there you go. Dr. Ben Carson had a heartland victory with a “whopping” 62 percent of the vote in a presidential straw poll conducted at the Polk County Republican Party Dinner on Sunday night, which took place in Des Moines but drew attendees from as far away as Minneapolis, who were anxious to yell “Run, Ben, Run” and witness the good doctor’s stirring speech.

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VA depicts veterans as Oscar the Grouch

- The Washington Times

Just as President Obama is promising to reform the veterans' health care system, the Veterans Affairs office in Philadelphia is apologizing for depicting dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in an internal training guide.

People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

- Associated Press

The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

A sampling of editorials from around New York

- Associated Press

The New York Times on its decision not to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo or challenger Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary for governor.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, third from left, gives his daughter, Cailin Young, second from left, a kiss as they and, from left, attorney Daniel Small, attorney Henry W. Asbill, son in law Chris Young (partially hidden) and attorney John L. Brownlee wait to cross the street on the way to the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 where the federal corruption trial against the former governor and former first lady Maureen McDonnell continues into its fifth week. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor

- Associated Press

Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so chilly they could not have conspired together.

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwestern border since October, more than twice the total this time last year, many through the Rio Grande Valley. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times,  Rick Loomis, Pool)

San Francisco to fund immigration attorneys

Associated Press

San Francisco officials are set to announce $100,000 in funding to help city residents facing deportation for living in the country illegally obtain an attorney.

Correction: California Legislature story

- Associated Press

In a story Aug. 22 about firearm safety bills, The Associated Press reported erroneously that SB505 would require law enforcement officers to check California's gun database when conducting welfare checks on individuals. In fact, the bill had been amended to require local law enforcement agencies to adopt policies that encourage officers to check the databases. A corrected version of the story is below: