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GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

FILE -In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, file photo, Jesse Benton, then-campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, arrives at a campaign even in Des Moines, Iowa. Benton said Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, he's stepping down from his top role in Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election effort. Benton calls the decision heartbreaking but the right one to keep the matter from becoming a distraction in Kentucky's Senate campaign. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.



49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif. Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period.



Jury finds woman guilty in silicone-injection case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman has been convicted of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death.
Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open

Sara Errani, of Italy, reacts after defeating Venus Williams, of the United States, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation.



U.S. auto sales seen ending summer without a sizzle

A staff checks a car parked outside of Toyota Motor Corp's showroom in TokyoAnalysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect monthly sales of about 1.5 million new vehicles when automakers report them on Wednesday, with a seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate of 16.6 million. Auto sales are a closely watched indicator of consumer demand, particularly for big-ticket items, and the industry accounts for roughly one-fifth of all U.S. Industry research firm Kelley Blue Book said incentives, including rebates and cash-back offers, were on track to end the month between $2,700 to $3,000 per vehicle. The biggest discounts were on mid-size sedans, which are staying on dealer lots more than 80 days before being sold, compared to 47 days for small crossover sport utility vehicles, Kelley Blue Book said.





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