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Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday....

A look at the expiring surveillance provisions
A look at the post-Sept. 11 surveillance provisions that, barring a last-minute deal in Congress, are set to expire when Sunday turns into Monday:...

Democrats' 2016 field set to grow with O'Malley's entry
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is ready to enter the Democratic presidential campaign with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination....

US, Iran accelerate nuclear talks a month before deadline
GENEVA (AP) -- A month out from a nuclear deal deadline, the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats gathered in Geneva Saturday in an effort to bridge differences over how quickly to ease economic sanctions on Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections....

Putin getting left out of G-7 meeting, but not much else
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Barack Obama and other world leaders gather in Germany next week, Russia's Vladimir Putin will be left off the guest list, part of his punishment for more than a year of alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine....

Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing
SINGAPORE (AP) -- China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating....

White House Brief: Things to know about Martin O'Malley
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Here's a snapshot of things to know about former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who's expected to open a 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday in Baltimore:...

McCain: US should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam
SINGAPORE (AP) -- America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea....

AP source: Hastert paid to keep old sex abuse claims secret
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said....

Hastert rose to speakership among the scandals of others
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dennis Hastert's career as House speaker both arose and ended amid the sex-related scandals of others....

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FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post 9/11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire midnight Sunday. Will that make Americans less secure? Absolutely, senior Obama administration officials say. Nonsense, counter civil liberties activists. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

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Democrats' 2016 field set to grow with O'Malley's entry

White House Brief: Things to know about Martin O'Malley

After close primary, Kentucky governor's race gets underway

2016 hopefuls Christie, Cruz court Jewish donors in New York

Marco Rubio grabs some Vegas pizazz for campaign

Rubio returns to childhood home: Las Vegas, not Miami

Clinton to unveil platform in June campaign kickoff rally

Former NY GOP governor Pataki in the race for president

White House Brief: Things to know about George Pataki

Rick Santorum announces second White House run