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The Latest on the 2016 GOP field: Cruz vows to nix nuke deal
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US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails....

Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices....

As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests....

Details of fundraising by rebellious House Republicans
Of the 25 House Republicans who voted in January against keeping Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as speaker, most have seen a drop in contributions from political committees representing business and other interests, compared with two years ago....

History trailing Japanese leader on his upcoming US visit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- History will be trailing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to the United States....

Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lester Tenney endured three years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but he has made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress on Wednesday, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles Tenney about Japan's attitude toward its past....

Health officials say ice cream is safe despite some recalls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials say ice cream is still safe to eat - even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections....

Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families....

Political barbs, celebrity-gazing main course at DC dinner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Get ready for a healthy dose of political barbs and celebrity-gazing in the nation' capital....

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