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Republican Sen. Pat Roberts talks to supporters during a campaign stop with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Overland Park, Kan. McCain is the latest in a series high-profile Republicans coming to Kansas to support Robert's reelection campaign as he faces independent challenger Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Court: Democrats don’t need Kansas Senate nominee

- Associated Press

A Kansas court ruled Wednesday that Democrats can go without a U.S. Senate candidate on the ballot after their nominee dropped out of the race against three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, a blow to the GOP in the national battle over control of the Senate.

"The question of executive action, my friends, is a 'when' question," Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez assured attendees at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's convention, asserting that Mr. Obama still shares their values, despite having repeatedly put off thorny decisions on immigration. (Associated Press)

Hispanics promised Obama will act on immigration by year’s end

- The Washington Times

President Obama deployed a top Cabinet secretary Wednesday to assure Hispanic leaders that the White House will take executive action this year to stop deportations for more illegal immigrants, trying to revive Hispanic voters’ backing of Democrats ahead of November’s elections.

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ICE frees 9 in crashed SUV, won't confirm status

Associated Press

A U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official won't say if 9 Hispanic individuals whose vehicle was allegedly hit by an intoxicated driver on a southwestern Pennsylvania highway were in the country legally, only that they've been set free.

Fugitive Afghan officers fear death at home

Associated Press

The three Afghanistan National Army officers who disappeared during a training exercise on Cape Cod before being caught trying to cross into Canada in Niagara Falls, New York, fear they will be killed if sent home.

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco. A grand jury says Yee took bribes in exchange for votes in favor of several legislative bills, including one on medical marijuana. Despite a series of political scandals that marred the state Senate this year, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed key ethics bills seeking to place new restrictions on gift giving and campaign spending.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

California governor vetoes ethics bills

- Associated Press

Despite a series of political scandals that marred the California state Senate this year, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had vetoed key ethics bills seeking to place new restrictions on gift giving and campaign spending.

FILE -- In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Richard Martinez, right, whose son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez was killed in a shooting spree in Isle Vista last May, hugs State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, as Bob Weiss, whose daughter Veronika, whose daughter was also killed in the same shooting spree, hugs, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, after the bill they carried, that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat was approved by the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. Gov Jerry Brown signed the measure, AB1014, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that will allow law enforcement and immediate family members to seek are restraining order removing fire arms for 21 days. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

California gun restraining order may deter suicide

- Associated Press

California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him.

Ore. rally in support of immigrant draws hundreds

Associated Press

An interfaith service in support of an immigrant activist who has taken refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation drew hundreds of people to Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland.

Group hails anniversary of Md. gun control law

Associated Press

Two groups favoring restrictions on firearms are celebrating the first anniversary of Maryland's implementation of one of the nation's strictest gun-control laws.

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Utah's Attorney General Sean Reyes waves during a rally at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Sandy, Utah. Reyes and Democrat Charles Stormont will meet in Provo on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, for their first debate in November's special election for Utah attorney general. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah attorney general candidates hold 1st debate

- Associated Press

The decision by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to defend the state's polygamy and gay marriage bans is a waste of money, according to Democrat Charles Stormont.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett speaks during a gubernatorial debate with Democrat Tom Wolf on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. The debate is hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democrat in Pa. governor's race plans income-tax hikes

- The Washington Times

Holding a large lead in the polls, the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania said Wednesday he will likely raise taxes on workers with income as low as $70,000, a level he called the cutoff for the middle class.