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AP Top Political News At 11:44 p.m. EDT

AP source: US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said....

Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest
LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) -- A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe....

Bush tax returns: Big income, big taxes since 1981
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor's mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday....

Top Obama aides knew about Clinton's private email in 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence....

Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns....

First lady hosts Girl Scout campout on White House lawn
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some lucky Girl Scouts got the ultimate camping experience Tuesday: an overnight in tents pitched on the White House South Lawn....

Federal Export-Import Bank set for midnight expiration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservatives cheered the demise of the federal Export-Import Bank Tuesday and vowed to beat back efforts to revive it, even as business leaders and the White House issued dire warnings that letting the agency expire at midnight would hurt U.S. competitiveness globally....

Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation
VIENNA (AP) -- Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition - significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons....

Drug and device firms paid $6.5B to care providers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday....

Ted Cruz turns 'Simpsons' jobseeker; he'll take any part
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ted Cruz wants to be president, but he's got another job in mind as well: voice actor for "The Simpsons."...

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