By Susan Cornwell and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Washington faced a sudden leadership vacuum on Thursday when the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, dropped out of the race in a surprise that raised concerns about the party's ability to govern effectively. Representative McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, had been expected to win Thursday's contest for the nomination to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner despite opposition from more conservative lawmakers who have called for a confrontational approach toward Democratic President Barack Obama's agenda. Instead, lacking the mandate he thought he needed to be an effective speaker, McCarthy stunned his colleagues by bowing out.
Nobel Prize in literature: What to look out for
STOCKHOLM (AP) — After three days of science awards the Nobel spotlight turns to the art of writing Thursday when the Swedish Academy will announce the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.
Thirty-three people are still missing five days after a US air strike on an Afghan hospital, Doctors Without Borders warned Thursday, sparking fears the death toll could rise significantly. Saturday's bombing in the disputed town of Kunduz killed 12 staff and 10 patients, prompting the medical aid agency to close the trauma centre. "We are still in shock," Guilhem Molinie, the head of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Afghanistan, told reporters in Kabul.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who thwarted an August train attack in France, was stabbed several times during a fight outside a Sacramento bar early on Thursday and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said. The fight was not related to Stone's role in taking down the gunman on a train headed to Paris and there was no connection to terrorism, Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard told a news conference. Stone's assailant, who has not been caught, is not believed to have known Stone's identity, Bernard said.
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