Jeb Bush team raises more than $114 million

Jeb Bush and his allies announced that they had amassed more than $114 million in campaign cash over the past six months, dwarfing the combined fundraising of his Republican rivals for the party's presidential nomination. The announcements, made as many of his donors were gathering at his family's compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, to celebrate their success, established Bush as his party's financial powerhouse. They also underscored how the Supreme Court's 5-year-old Citizens United decision continues to remake the way presidential campaigns are waged.


FDA subtly strengthens ibuprofen labels

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening warnings on painkillers like ibuprofen to say that they cause an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The over-the-counter forms include Advil, Motrin IB and Aleve. The labels already say such drugs "may cause" increased risk of heart attack and stroke. But the agency said new data provided stronger evidence of the increased risk of heart failure from such drugs, called nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The agency will ask manufacturers to change the labels to say the drugs "cause an increased risk" of serious heart failure. It also will ask them to add that the risk may occur early in treatment and may increase the longer the patient uses the medicine.


Two civilians being held captive by Hamas

Two Israeli civilians are being held captive by Hamas in Gaza, one of them a man who walked into the Palestinian coastal territory in September, Israeli authorities said. Lifting a 10-month news blackout on the case, authorities said that Avraham Mengistu, an Israeli of Ethiopian descent in his 20s, "independently" crossed the Israeli security fence that runs around the Gaza Strip on Sept. 7. The other man said to be in Gaza, an Arab citizen of Israel, was not identified. A protracted round of negotiations appears likely.


U.K. tourists are warned to leave Tunisia

The British government told all U.K. tourists to leave Tunisia because a terrorist attack is "highly likely," saying the North African country's government has not done enough to enhance security. Thirty-eight tourists, 30 of them British, were killed on June 26 when a gunman stormed the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse.

North Korea

Leader has executed 70 officials, S. Korea says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror" that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father's early rule, South Korean officials said. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, at a forum in Seoul, said Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il, executed about 10 officials during his first years in power.

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