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Obama: No credible intelligence about plot against US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said there currently is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought to reassure anxious Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday....

Criminal justice issues showing up in 2016 presidential race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago....

EPA moves to withdraw approval of controversial weed killer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to withdraw approval of a controversial new weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans....

Obama grants reprieve to turkeys 'Honest' and 'Abe'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama spared two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times....

Preventable errors led to hospital attack, military says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. airstrike that killed 31 civilians at a hospital in Afghanistan last month resulted from preventable errors by soldiers and airmen who violated rules of engagement and have been removed from duty while awaiting further investigation, military officials said Wednesday....

Rubio finesses abortion stance criticized by Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio staked out a hard-line position on abortion in the first GOP debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton took notice....

Why government and tech can't agree about encryption
NEW YORK (AP) -- Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn't totally comfortable with that, because it's also complicating the work of tracking criminals and potential national-security threats....

Obama signs defense bill despite Guantanamo provisions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion defense policy bill despite his opposition to restrictions in the legislation that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States and making good on a long unfulfilled campaign promise....

Trump's family joins him on South Carolina campaign
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Donald Trump's wife campaigned with him for the first time in South Carolina on Tuesday, telling voters she loved them and saying her husband would be "the best president, ever."...

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