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New Ferguson report offers lessons on handling protests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places roiled by mistrust between law enforcement and the community....

Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress....

Biden testing political waters in Florida
MIAMI (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden came to Florida to lend a hand to Senate Democrats and the administration's education agenda Wednesday on a trip watched for any hint that he'll seek the presidency....

In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier
SEWARD, Alaska (AP) -- President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change....

Texas clinics file Supreme Court appeal of abortion law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign....

Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia, but officials said they don't view the ships as a threat as President Barack Obama travels in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle....

House Judiciary panel sets first Planned Parenthood hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Judiciary Committee will hold Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos next Wednesday. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where majority Republicans stand on the issue....

Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care....

Reporters face subpoenas in case over CIA head's resignation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A couple suing over leaks in the federal investigation that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation intend to subpoena at least two journalists in an attempt to compel testimony about their sources, The Associated Press has learned....

Kentucky clerk's defiance is a test for GOP rivals
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Kentucky clerk who is defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is putting Republican presidential contenders on the spot as they try to mollify social conservatives without alienating the majority of Americans who support gay marriage....

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New Ferguson report offers lessons on handling protests

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In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

Lawmakers deny they were making out in car at Minnesota park

Judge enters not guilty plea for Oklahoma politician's son

Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes

NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president

North Dakota lieutenant governor admits extramarital affair

Gov. Marvin Mandel, who fell from political grace, has died


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