WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It's the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right?
Swiss: 17-year-old girl wounded in Aug. 13 train attack dies

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police say a 17-year-old girl who was wounded Aug. 13 after a man attacked passengers aboard a Swiss train with a knife and burning liquid has died of her injuries.
US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan

US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in AfghanistanKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.

Feds to distribute $53 million to states to fight opioids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse.
Japan typhoon kills nine in elderly home

A flood-damaged railroad is seen in the town of Shintoku, Japan's Hokkaido prefecture, in the aftermath of Typhoon Lionrock, on August 31, 2016Surging flood water and mud brought by a devastating typhoon killed nine people in an elderly care home in northern Japan, officials said Wednesday, after the third storm in two weeks ripped through the country. The bodies were discovered in a riverside care complex half buried in mud, uprooted trees and rubble after Typhoon Lionrock tore through the region, dumping torrential rain over a wide area.

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