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Appearing before Congress for yet another marathon session, FBI Director James B. Comey was badgered by Republicans who said the more they see, the less they understand his decision to clear Mrs. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing in her mishandling of classified information. (Associated Press)

FBI reopens Clinton email investigation

The FBI has renewed its investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret emails, Director James Comey told Congress in a new letter Friday, heightening the stakes for the Democratic presidential nominee with less than two weeks before Election Day. Published October 28, 2016

Erika Jaramillo (center) and others hold signs supporting Hillary Clinton during a Democratic National Convention watch party in San Antonio on July 26. (Associated Press)

Candidates bombard Hispanics in swing states, ignore them elsewhere

In Nevada, Arizona and Florida, Hispanics are being bombarded with information and outreach from campaigns. But in California, New York and particularly Texas, less than one-third reported having been reached by any candidate, campaign or political party this year. Published October 27, 2016

"It's the consumer's information. How it is used should be the consumer's choice, not the choice of some corporate algorithm," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who led the push for the changes. (Associated Press)

FCC ruling gives internet users more power over privacy

Broadband providers such as Comcast and AT&T will have to get customers' permission before they can share personal data with other companies, the FCC ruled Thursday, marking a major expansion of privacy protections and perhaps shifting the balance of power in the online marketplace. Published October 27, 2016

Trees in the Sequoia National Forest in California were charred along the path of a 29,000-acre blaze caused by an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. (Associated Press)

Sanctuary city illegal immigrant sparks $61M fire in national forest

Angel Gilberto Garcia-Avalos had been deported five times in just the past four years, yet each time he has managed to sneak from Mexico back into the U.S., where he ended up in more mischief: driving without a license, attempted burglary and felony weapons charges. Published October 25, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign event at Saint Augustine's University, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Clinton's top techie in State Dept pleads the Fifth

John Bentel, the man who oversaw then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's technology at the State Department, refused to answer questions about his knowledge of her activities in a sworn deposition Monday, according to Judicial Watch. Published October 24, 2016

FILE This Monday Feb. 29, 2016 file photo shows Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, right, as he hugs Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va. Virginia was supposed to be a key battleground state and the high energy governor was expected to spend the weeks leading up to Election Day bouncing around the Old Dominion to help longtime pal Hillary Clinton win the state's 13 electoral votes. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Trump campaign says Clinton-linked donations show 'corruption' at FBI

Donald Trump's campaign called for the FBI to explain itself Monday after reports that a top Clinton family political ally authorized more than $600,000 in campaign contributions to the wife of an FBI official who helped investigate Hillary Clinton's secret email account. Published October 24, 2016

Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff and aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, rear, is seen during the Open Government Partnership meeting in New York, Tuesday, Sept., 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Huma Abedin told Clinton her secret email account caused problems

Hillary Clinton's secret email account caused her to miss a call, apparently to the French foreign minister, according to newly released emails Friday that showed the then-secretary of state frustrated by the system she had established. Published October 21, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debate during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)

Budget watchdogs pan Trump, Clinton fiscal plans

Pundits may debate the winner of Wednesday's debate but the loser would appear to be the government's fiscal future, with neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton willing to budge from the plans that analysts have said would throw the country's finances over a cliff. Published October 20, 2016

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a news conference at the Sheriff's headquarters in Phoenix on Dec. 18, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sheriff Joe Arpaio headed for big loss in Arizona, poll shows

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is headed for a staggering defeat in his bid for a seventh term at top law enforcement officer in Maricopa County, Arizona, according to a new poll Thursday that shows him trailing his Democratic challenger by 15 percentage points. Published October 20, 2016

Donald Trump gestures toward Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate Wednesday in Las Vegas. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton clash on policy, personality in final debate

Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of being "a puppet" for Russian President Vladimir Putin and urged voters to send a signal in this presidential election by rejecting the kind of candidate who has been accused of demeaning and assaulting women, mocking the disabled and inciting violence, as the two candidates faced off in their final debate. Published October 19, 2016

Moderator Chris Wallace turns toward the audience as he questions Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the third presidential debate Wednesday in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Trump, Clinton duck hard bargain to save Social Security

Pundits may debate the winner of Wednesday's debate but the loser would appear to be the government's fiscal future, with neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton willing to budge from the plans analysts have said would leave the country's finances headed for a cliff. Published October 19, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, take the stage for the third presidential debate at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Clinton says Trump 'choked' on his border wall

Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of hiring illegal immigrants for his own businesses, and said he "choked" in his meeting with the Mexican president over building a border wall, as the two presidential candidates faced off in their third debate Wednesday. Published October 19, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)

Trump says his justices will overturn Roe v. Wade

Donald Trump told voters the Supreme Court is "what it's all about" in this election as he and Hillary Clinton squared off for their final debate ahead of the election, vowing to appoint justices who would be conservative and would overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Published October 19, 2016

Obama amnesty's Dreamers report better job opportunities, improved lives

Illegal immigrant Dreamers -- those who signed up for President Obama's 2012 deportation amnesty -- have experienced dramatically improved lives, with most telling researchers in a report released Tuesday that they have found better jobs and a striking number saying they have started their own businesses. Published October 18, 2016