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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.
Conservative US Republicans drove frontrunner Kevin McCarthy out of the race to be the next speaker of the House, plunging their party into disarray and triggering a mad scramble to find the chamber's next leader. The political pandemonium set off by McCarthy's announcement -- which appeared to take most lawmakers by complete surprise -- comes as Congress must dig into crucial federal budget and debt ceiling battles, when a speaker's firm hand at the tiller might be most needed. The 50-year-old Californian, who as majority leader has built connections among conservatives and moderates alike, fell victim to an intense right-flank revolt as he sought the role that would have placed him immediately behind the vice president in the line of presidential succession.