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The trip was kept secret until after Tuesday's meeting — and after President Bashar Assad had safely returned home.

The NPR/ProPublica series on workers' compensation has prompted a response from 10 ranking Democrats of Senate and Congressional Committees. The lawmakers want the Department of Labor to strengthen its oversight of state changes in workers' comp benefits and suggest possible legislation.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will unveil his proposed plans for managing Western land and resources at an announcement in Reno, Nev. on Wednesday. Public land management is a divisive and hot-button issue in the West and especially challenging for Republicans.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a surprise visit to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A spokesman for Putin says the two leaders discussed Russian airs strikes in the country and plans for Syria's troops, among other things.

Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, weighs in on Rep. Paul Ryan's decision to run for House Speaker if all factions of the party agree to support him. The group met with Ryan Tuesday night.

This week, legendary baseball writer Tom Gage was picked up by Sporting News. As NPR reported in July, the Baseball Hall of Fame reporter was out of a job after 36 years covering the Detroit Tigers. Now, he'll be covering the World Series to finish out his Hall of Fame season.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy — a veteran with more than 30 years of policing experience in New York City, Newark and Chicago — says locking up minor drug offenders using mandatory sentencing makes America less safe.

Investor Jack Bogle is leading a populist revolution on Wall Street. He wants everyday Americans to make a lot more money in the stock market and give less of their returns away to financial firms.

When is a German beer not actually German? When it's brewed in St. Louis by Anheuser-Busch. A settlement was approved Tuesday in a class-action lawsuit over Beck's packaging.

Fewer than 2,000 Syrian refugees have been allowed to come to the U.S. The Al-Awad family in Toledo, Ohio, is among them. Local groups are helping them adjust to their new life in the U.S.




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