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AP Top Political News At 4:21 a.m. EDT

Number of military suicides dropped last year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives....

Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine....

US unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The suspension of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians on Thursday delivered the harshest blow yet to Secretary of State John Kerry's ambitious, if perhaps quixotic, hope of ending the decades-long impasse at the cost of focusing on other crises around the world. But Kerry refused to accept defeat, saying "we will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibilities" of Mideast peace....

Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster....

Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants....

US, Japan say Pacific trade talks make headway
TOKYO (AP) -- Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement....

Retired justice says marijuana should be legalized
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana....

Grimes criticizes McConnell over jobs comment
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A local newspaper story that quoted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell as saying it is "not my job" to bring employment to a struggling Kentucky county has unleashed yet another round of feuding in one of the country's most competitive Senate races....

Possible GOP presidential candidates to court NRA
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Several potential Republican contenders for president will court gun-rights supporters at the NRA's annual convention Friday....

Ex-DHS watchdog put on leave after critical report
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson put his agency's former internal watchdog on leave within hours of the publication of a Senate report that concluded the employee was too cozy with senior agency officials and delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees....

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Number of military suicides dropped last year

US, Japan say Pacific trade talks make headway

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Washington loses waiver on No Child Left Behind

New Jersey panel orders testimony on traffic jams

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

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