Conservative group endorses Sasse for US Senate

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A national conservative group has endorsed Republican candidate Ben Sasse in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race, setting up the Midland University president as the race's tea party candidate.  The endorsement Tuesday by the Senate Conservatives Fund comes less than a week after the House and Senate voted to end a more than two-week partial federal government shutdown.  Sasse has said that while he would have voted to raise the debt ceiling and avoid default on the nation's debt, he would have rejected the compromise to end the government shutdown.  Asked whether he is the race's tea party candidate, Sasse said he's "not going for any particular label."  Sasse says he hopes to garner support from "small business owners, constitutional conservatives/tea partiers, people of faith and Second Amendment supporters."