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The Latest: Trump son defends not releasing tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):...

Blacks question Trump outreach delivered to white audiences
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Black Republicans cheer Donald Trump for a newfound outreach to African-Americans, but say the GOP presidential nominee must take his message beyond arenas filled with white supporters and venture into the inner cities....

Horrified by Trump, Democrats getting nostalgic about Romney
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Barack Obama ran for re-election, Democrats made no secret of their disdain for Mitt Romney. That was all before Donald Trump....

Trump's evolving immigration plan compared to Clinton, Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's new line on immigration - "fair, but firm" - is leaving both Republicans and Democrats with the same question: Is the famously hard-line GOP nominee softening his approach?...

Clinton proposes new federal fund to combat Zika virus
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- As the Zika virus continues to spread, Hillary Clinton is proposing a new fund to improve the federal government's response to major public health crises....

Scores sagging for high school grads taking ACT college test
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly two-thirds of this year's high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam, and their scores suggest that many remain unprepared for the rigors of college-level coursework....

WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February....

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president....

Obama vows support for Louisiana after the 'cameras leave'
ZACHARY, La. (AP) -- Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana "even after the TV cameras leave" on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he's been slow to respond to the disaster....

In latest hedge, Trump says immigration laws can be softened
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to "softening" laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that the Republican presidential nominee is considering easing the hardline stance he has taken since the beginning of his campaign....

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