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Only on AP: Clinton server ran software that risked hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press....

Clinton, Sanders rivalry in spotlight as Democrats debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton says she always expected tough competition in the Democratic presidential primary. It's likely she didn't expect it would come from Bernie Sanders, the rumpled independent senator from Vermont and a self-described democratic socialist calling for "political revolution."...

CNN urged to add liberal panelist for debate
NEW YORK (AP) -- Liberals are urging CNN to add a left-leaning questioner to its panel at this week's debate of Democratic presidential candidates, saying it's only fair because conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt participated in the network's coverage of the second Republican debate last month....

Bush offers plan to repeal, replace federal health care law
MIAMI (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is proposing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law with one that would increase tax credits for individuals, allowing them to buy coverage protection against "high-cost medical events."...

Hillary Clinton slams Trump in front of his casino
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump's doorstep Monday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate....

Q&A: Ryan weighs speaker post, conservatives still a puzzle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan says he doesn't want to be the next House speaker but he's thinking it through - even as the Republican establishment pressures him to just do it....

Cruz faults Senate rivals for skipping pressing debates
ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Monday tried to distinguish himself as a leader among the party's more conservative voters by indirectly chiding presidential rivals such as Marco Rubio for skipping recent high-profile votes in the Senate....

Trump faces tough questions at bipartisan NH event
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Independent-minded voters in politically important New Hampshire challenged Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday over his "divisive" style and his attitude toward women....

Manning sues FBI over access to records in WikiLeaks case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imprisoned national-security leaker Chelsea Manning is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation over access to files compiled during the agency's inquiry into her release of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website....

Justices to decide on sentences for young prison 'lifers'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sheriff's Deputy Charles Hurt was on truant patrol when he came across a teenager in a Baton Rouge park on a cool fall morning. The teenager pulled a gun from his jacket, panicked, he said, and shot Hurt dead....

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