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Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted
NEW YORK (AP) -- Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune....

Pentagon chief may ease military enlistment standards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department....

Clinton email dustup latest in 'delete, erase' era of gov't
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the never-ending quest to preserve the government's history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction....

Iran nuclear talks at crunch time
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement....

AP Exclusive: NSA weighed ending phone program before leak
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits....

Obama to headline Kennedy Institute dedication
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is headlining the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, a facility that includes a full-size replica of the chamber where the late Massachusetts Democratic senator served for 47 years....

Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. And she is questioning the confidence people can have in likely Democratic contender Hillary Rodham Clinton....

O'Malley: Presidency 'not some crown' families should share
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems and criticized the prospects of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House....

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life....

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Obama to headline Kennedy Institute dedication

AP Exclusive: NSA weighed ending phone program before leak

Pentagon chief may ease military enlistment standards

Obama to attend opening of Institute honoring Sen. Kennedy

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