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Defense chief: US expanding special operations force in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. is expanding the U.S. special operations force in Iraq to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight Islamic State militants....

Report: Drug maker was focused on profits, not patients
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000 pill that cures the liver-wasting disease, Senate investigators said Tuesday....

Obama says he hopes shooting at Colorado clinic spurs action
PARIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he hopes the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado spurs conversation and action on deterring gun violence....

House considers requiring search warrant to get old emails
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering making it harder for government investigators to get copies of people's old emails....

Justices end Californian's lawsuit against Austrian railway
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled against a California woman who wanted to use American courts to sue the state-owned Austrian railway for grievous injuries she suffered while boarding a train in Innsbruck, Austria....

Obama says Russia may finally come around on Assad's future
PARIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama expressed optimism Tuesday that Russia will ultimately come around on the need for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power to end his country's long civil war, but warned the turnaround would not come overnight....

Syrian refugees become issue in Illinois Senate race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican senator in a tough re-election race is attacking his top Democratic rival for supporting more Syrian refugees in the U.S., marking the issue's first appearance in Senate campaign advertising....

GOP leader defends House Planned Parenthood investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican congressional leader on Monday defended a House investigation of Planned Parenthood's provision of fetal tissue to researchers, offering no suggestion that last week's shooting deaths at one of the group's clinics will cause the GOP to retreat from that probe....

From racing to rum, things to know about year-end tax breaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's December, when Congress typically passes a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before the start of filing season....

From Homeland to hair: Clinton emails peek into the personal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest release of Hillary Clinton's private emails show her, as secretary of state, dealing with the complicated politics of the Arab Spring, fending off questions about her role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks and attempting to navigate an intensifying conflict between Israel and the Palestinians....

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