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One of the officials at the center of the Bush administration's U.S. attorneys scandal is helping to author briefs for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the lawsuit that could help determine one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

Bradley Schlozman, who stepped down from the Justice Department in 2007 amid controversy and is now an attorney practicing in Wichita, Kansas, is one of the signatories of a new brief from Kobach's office. Kobach is fighting this week in the Kansas Supreme Court to keep Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor on the November ballot.

Taylor attempted to withdraw from the race earlier this month, which cleared the field for independent candidate Greg Orman, who is running strong against incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). Roberts' seat is now unexpectedly in play and could decide whether Republicans regain control of the Senate in November.

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BEIJING (AP) — Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

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Independent candidate Greg Orman has jumped out to a sizable lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in the Kansas Senate race following the withdrawal of the Democratic nominee from the campaign, according to a new poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

The poll, first reported by the Huffington Post, found Orman leading 41 percent to 34 percent. Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, who announced he would withdraw from the race but whom Secretary of State Kris Kobach has ruled must remain on the ballot, attracted 6 percent of the vote.

The PPP poll did not remind respondents that Taylor had stop campaigning.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

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