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Hillary Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at home of the Pritzker family in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least $1 million to help elect her and other Democrats this fall....

US officials: Military concerned about transgender timeline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is poised to announce new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, amid concerns from senior military leaders who believe the department is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details, U.S. officials told The Associated Press....

Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of "warfighting toughness" and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday....

Senators urge Kerry to address political crisis in Bahrain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of senators says a simmering political crisis in Bahrain could spiral into violence, encourage meddling by Iran and destabilize an important U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf....

Clinton and Lynch met privately at Phoenix airport
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton spoke with Attorney General Loretta Lynch during an impromptu meeting in Phoenix, but Lynch said the discussion did not involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state....

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Thomas' dissents rise in nixed cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One measure of Supreme Court justices' rising frustration is the number of times they can't recruit three colleagues to hear a case, then feel compelled to tell the world about it....

Homeland Security head: US will meet Syrian refugees goal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says he believes the government will meet its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees this year....

Obama admin changing coal royalty program to boost revenue
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Interior Department said Thursday it is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets....

Obama vows to move quickly to sign Puerto Rico bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Puerto Rico faces a major debt payment, President Barack Obama is vowing to move quickly to sign a last-minute rescue package for the financially-strapped U.S. territory and its 3.5 million Americans....

'Move on' from Benghazi? Republicans say it's unlikely
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton says it's "time to move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no new evidence pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state....

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Digital Content Creators Town Hall at the Neuehouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

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