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Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue
VIENNA (AP) -- Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks pushed past their second deadline in a week on Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The discussions, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday....

70 years later, WWII bombardier receives presidential honor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At age 22, 2nd Lt. John Pedevillano was the youngest bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps' 306th Bomb Group when he was shot down by Nazi fighter pilots in Germany in 1944....

Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants....

Clinton, in Iowa, warns about GOP control of White House
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning the nation about taking a "big U-turn" to a Republican in the White House, pointing to her husband's economic record as a model....

Obama chimes in on pop culture, 140 characters at a time
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After dipping his toe in the online world of Twitter years ago, President Barack Obama is now jumping in head-first, popping off tweets at all hours of the day about pop culture, sports and even Supreme Court rulings....

EPA chief: Climate plan on track despite mercury ruling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday....

Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday that despite differences between the United States and Vietnam over "political philosophy," the two countries are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues....

Rubio jabs both parties in economic pitch
CHICAGO (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio called for lower corporate tax rates, looser Internet regulation and broader college accreditation on Tuesday, in an economic policy speech that denounced the old ways of both political parties yet drew from the longstanding GOP belief that tax cuts are the key to growth....

Court upholds ban on contractor political contributions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ban on government contractors donating money to federal candidates or political parties, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years....

Biden to hail gay marriage ruling in NYC appearance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden will hail the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide in an appearance in New York....

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Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue

Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House

Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS

70 years later, WWII bombardier receives presidential honor

Court upholds ban on contractor political contributions

Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race

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