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Former Md. Gov. O'Malley jumps into 2016 Democratic race
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street....

Where they stand: O'Malley on some issues of 2016 campaign
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced his candidacy Saturday for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. Here's a look at where he stands on some issues:...

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 announced Saturday in Baltimore that he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination:...

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 suspected 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:...

US, Iran accelerate nuclear talks a month before deadline
GENEVA (AP) -- A month away from a nuclear deal deadline, U.S. and Iranian diplomats tried to narrow differences over how quickly to ease economic penalties against Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections....

Russia's Putin shut out from G-7 meeting, but not much else
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Russia's Vladimir Putin won't be on the guest list when President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of the punishment for 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....

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....

CBS' Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the "good old days" of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them....

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