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In this Sept. 5 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks for signs along trail while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Rubio, McCain tell Obama border security trumps legalization

- The Washington Times

Three of President Obama’s GOP partners on immigration warned him Thursday not to try to act on his own to grant tentative legal status to illegal immigrants, saying the border is not yet secure enough from both illegal immigration and potential terrorist threats.

Greg Orman, the Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks during a campaign stop at the National Center for Aviation Training, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Wichita, Kan. Orman is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader)

Anti-incumbent mood in Kansas could sway Senate control

- The Washington Times

Sen. Pat Roberts’ efforts to link his opponent to the president haven’t been enough to overcome anti-incumbent sentiment in Kansas, leaving him in a tight race with independent Greg Orman that could blunt the Republican Party’s election night momentum.

In this photo taken on Sept. 17, 2014, Elaine Timms, an employee of Phoenix of Anderson, sorts fabrics inside the company's warehouse in Williamston. S.C. The Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent Mail, Nathan Gray)

U.S. economy surges ahead 3.5 percent in third quarter

- The Washington Times

U.S. economic growth barreled ahead at a brisk 3.5 percent rate this summer, exhibiting the best momentum in more than a decade and suggesting the U.S. economy has finally broken out of the doldrums after five years of sluggish recovery.

FILE - In this March 15, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice peaks at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif.  Rice has decided against delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War. Rice said in a statement Saturday, May 3, 2014 that she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she was declining the invitation. She said her involvement had "become a distraction for the university community" at a "time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families."(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Condoleezza Rice endorses Joni Ernst

- The Washington Times

It is not surprising that Condoleezza Rice has taken a shine to Joni Ernst. The former Secretary of State has endorsed the Republican hopeful for the U.S. Senate seat in Iowa - who also is a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard with some significant experience. She served as a company commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, overseeing convoys through Kuwait and into southern Iraq throughout 2003, and her political philosophy remains in the can-do realm.

President Barack Obama and Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown campaign at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. This is Obama's first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Desperate Democrats resort to race-baiting to spur black vote

- The Washington Times

The spate of campaign fliers that use images of lynchings, Jim Crow laws and the recent racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to urge blacks to vote in next week’s election somehow failed to grab the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

Veterans caught triple-dipping on benefits

- The Washington Times

One veteran on disability collected nearly $210,000 in benefits in 2013, while another earned more than $122,000 — nearly three times what his actual military pay would have been — according to a watchdog report being released Thursday that found tens of thousands of veterans are triple-dipping on disability.

In this May 6, 2014 photo, activist Win Cho gets off a police truck upon arrival for his trial at a township court in Yangon, Myanmar. Win Cho, who comes from a well-educated upper-class family, has been in and out of prison in the last two years for engaging in peaceful protests. He is now serving three months for a January rally calling for the release of all remaining political prisoners, constitutional change and the establishment of a farmers' union in the country. He is among one of more than 200 people who have been detained in the last year including peaceful protesters, journalists and activists. Critics say as long as restrictive laws remain on the books, those numbers will continue to climb. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

- Associated Press

Myanmar has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state's international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists and the U.S. say, not so fast.

Crist gets help from group founded by Giffords

Associated Press

Democrat Charlie Crist is getting some last-minute financial help from a group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

Banners at a memorial service for three South African sports figures who died within days of each other at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africans mourn sport deaths

- Associated Press

South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week.

Judge grants jailed Ohio lawmaker early release

- Associated Press

An Ohio lawmaker convicted of accepting trips, gifts and campaign cash in exchange for promising to introduce legislation was granted immediate release from prison on Thursday, after telling a judge he's sorry for his mistakes and wants to turn his future to improving Ohio's prison system.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CDT

Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and her brother on Wednesday rejected a claim by a former top Trek executive that she was fired from her job at the family company, calling it "character assassination" just days before an election where she's running close with GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Atlanta to unveil new civil rights markers

Associated Press

Atlanta city officials are preparing to unveil new digital interactive historical markers to tell the story of the civil rights movement in the city.