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Obama, Xi tout close US-China climate coordination
PARIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday touted close U.S. cooperation with China on climate change as vital to world efforts to slow global warming, even as he acknowledged persistent differences with China's President Xi Jinping over cybersecurity and maritime security....

Calendars show Clinton's availability to supporters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family's global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press....

Obama, Xi to meet on sidelines of Paris climate conference
PARIS (AP) -- It's a meeting of the world's top two carbon polluters as President Barack Obama and China's leader pull up chairs at the Paris climate conference to discuss efforts to fight global warming....

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates....

Many black pastors say meeting with Trump not an endorsement
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many of the black evangelical leaders invited to a meet-and-greet with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump were surprised that the gathering was being advertised as an endorsement. After they objected, the Trump campaign decided to keep the meeting private and quietly cancel a press conference meant to announce their support....

Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars
NEW YORK (AP) -- As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America's most contentious issues, and is well accustomed to receiving verbal threats....

Colleges grapple with best ways to address race incidents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials were slow to handle racial incidents at the University of Missouri, and that contributed to protests, a student hunger strike, a threatened boycott by the football team and ultimately, the resignations of two administrators....

Clinton pledges hundreds of billions for infrastructure
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is promising hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal spending in an effort to compete with the liberal economic policies of her presidential primary challengers....

Obama's first stop in Paris is saddest of destinations
PARIS (AP) -- At another time, it would have been a glorious tour of Paris by night. But for the saddest of destinations....

Jeb Bush says Trump 'uninformed,' not a serious candidate
MIAMI (AP) -- The Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination, Donald Trump, is not prepared to be the nation's commander in chief, because he's "uninformed" on major issues facing the U.S, especially defense and foreign affairs, rival Jeb Bush said on Sunday....

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