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Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church....

Rubio under pressure as Republicans debate in South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Marco Rubio enters Saturday night's Republican presidential debate facing immense pressure to right his campaign after faltering badly in the last contest and finishing a disappointing fifth in New Hampshire....

Viewers' Guide: GOP hopefuls spar in South Carolina
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Serious issues face Saturday night's Republican presidential debaters in South Carolina, a state with deep-rooted military culture and home to a mass murder at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. But style is going to beg for attention alongside pressing matters of policy....

Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited - neighboring power China - will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes....

Black Democrats question Sanders' commitment to Obama
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation's first black president....

The Latest: Cruz ad puts Clinton in 'Office Space'
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):...

Cruz's right turn on immigration belies more moderate past
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Ted Cruz has for months repeated that when it comes to immigration, he has never supported granting "amnesty" or "legalization" to people in the United States illegally....

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC
DENMARK, S.C. (AP) -- The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump's long shadow....

Rubio family stars in South Carolina comeback attempt
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Just for a moment, Marco Rubio stops trying to explain what went wrong in New Hampshire. He needs to find out why Dominick is crying....

AP PHOTOS: A collection of photos from campaign 2016
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders snagged their first win each in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday as early voting in the race for the White House rolled into its second week....

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