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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski concedes Alaska GOP primary race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

Sen. Murkowski admits loss in GOP primary

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has conceded her Senate primary race to Joe Miller. The Republican made the concession speech Tuesday night, a full week after the primary. Murkowski trailed Miller, a Fairbanks lawyer, by 1,668 votes after last week's primary. Election officials began counting absentee and outstanding ballots Tuesday. Murkowski made slight gains but was never able to get Miller's lead below 1,100 votes. Miller has never held elected office but enjoyed the backing of former Gov. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express.

JERUSALEM

Four Israelis are killed by gunman

An unidentified gunman killed four Israelis at a Jewish settlement near the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday night, just before the U.S.-sponsored peace summit was set to begin in Washington. The military wing of the Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, claimed responsibility. The shooting, just after 8 p.m. local time, was the deadliest attack Israel has seen in years. Medics at the scene confirmed that two men and two women, one of them pregnant, were killed.

DALLAS

Court: Gays can't divorce in Texas

A Texas appeals court says gay couples legally married in other states cannot divorce in Texas, where same sex marriages are banned. The 5th Texas Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Dallas judge didn't have jurisdiction to grant a divorce to two Dallas men who wed in Massachusetts. The court also said Texas' same sex marriage ban is constitutional. The Dallas men married in 2006 in Massachusetts and separated two years later. They're referred to only as J.B. and H.B. in court filings.

WASHINGTON

Three lawmakers face investigations

House investigators have recommended that three lawmakers be further investigated to determine whether political contributions were improperly linked to votes on a huge financial overhaul bill. The independent House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the member-run House ethics committee pursue potential rules violations by Republicans John Campbell of California and Tom Price of Georgia and Democrat Joseph Crowley of New York.

Elsewhere

Virginia: A computer outage that has wreaked havoc on Virginia state agencies was entering its seventh day Wednesday, as officials acknowledged that the failure was more complicated than they originally thought.

Iowa: Potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin will headline the Iowa Republican Party's biggest annual fundraiser, party officials announced in the state that launches the presidential nominating process.

New York: A judge told Caroline Giuliani, 21 and daughter of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to do a day of community service and keep out of trouble to get rid of charges that she stole $100 worth of makeup from a high-end cosmetics store.

Cuba: Pictures released Tuesday showed Fidel Castro with an American magazine correspondent and a Washington-based policy expert. A Mexican newspaper published an interview in which Castro, 84, said he regretted past persecution of homosexuals.

Times wires

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski concedes Alaska GOP primary race 08/31/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 11:56pm]

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