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By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congress on Thursday is set to debate "emergency" border security legislation that lawmakers acknowledge will not be enacted but will enable them to campaign for re-election by arguing they worked to address a humanitarian crisis.

Republicans and Democrats have been sparring over President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to respond to the crisis in which tens of thousands of Central American children have tried to enter the United States illegally.

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The cases are separated by two decades, but they share macabre similarities.

A man is suspected of killing at least two prostitutes and dumping their bodies in remote wooded areas of Long Island in the 1990s. A Brooklyn woman is accused of hacking her neighbor to death and distributing the remains in several Long Island neighborhoods this month. Both were ordered held without bail Thursday in consecutive appearances before the same judge.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A vehicle crashed into Bolton Health Mart on Perkins Road Thursday shortly before 1 p.m.

Officials with EMS say no serious injuries were reported in the crash.

There is no word on what caused the vehicle to crash into the building.

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CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.

Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be.

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The Justice Department has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees, who searched the computers for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques.

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President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.AP

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A dramatic scene was unfolding on Capitol Hill on Thursday as House Republican leaders left open the possibility that the chamber could still vote on a border crisis bill -- just moments after punting on the legislation and sending lawmakers home. 

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Earlier in the afternoon, House leaders abandoned the bill after failing to round up enough votes for it.

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Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia before he contracted Ebola. (Courtesy Samaritan

Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia before he contracted Ebola. (Courtesy Samaritan's Purse)

Even from his own sickbed in Africa, American physician Kent Brantly continues putting the well-being of others before his own.

Brantly, a medical missionary in West Africa, and fellow American Nancy Writebol both contracted Ebola last weekend. They spent the past several days under quarantine and are struggling to survive.

On Wednesday, an experimental serum arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, but there was only enough dosage for one patient.

A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say.

Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings. Those who tried to give her food and water or otherwise help her were often rebuffed.

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, was due to return to the United States on Thursday, according to a family member.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was scheduled to arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday evening, her brother-in-law Gabriel Wani said in a phone interview.

Since leaving Sudan after her sentence and detention triggered international outrage, Ibrahim has been in Rome, where she met with Pope Francis along with her husband and two children.

The Lone Star Circle of Care, a Georgetown-based nonprofit health care organization, will receive $250,000 from the federal government.

The money to Lone Star Circle of Care represents a portion of a $3 million allotment from the Affordable Care Act that will go to 12 health centers across Texas. The money is supposed to be used to establish or expand behavioral health services for more than 10,000 Texans.

The Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C.
The Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C.

ERIC TUCKER| Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press.

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