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Politics, shootings undercut criminal justice overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hopes for overhauling the nation's criminal justice system have faded in Congress this year, undercut by a rash of summer shootings involving police and the pressure of election-year politics....

State: Benghazi emails involving Clinton recovered by FBI
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server....

Trump's deportation waffle highlights campaign weaknesses
SEATTLE (AP) -- Donald Trump and his aides used to say that voters didn't care about the nitty-gritty of policy details. But now those details are tripping up his campaign....

Agriculture closes offices in 5 states after threats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious....

20 Democratic senators blast steep price hike for EpiPens
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a sign of growing concern in Congress, 20 Democratic senators are demanding answers about steep price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen injector device....

Longtime aide Huma Abedin like 'second daughter' to Clinton
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has won plaudits for her campaign instincts, her deep-rooted loyalty and her glamorous personal style. But she has been thrust into the spotlight for another attribute - as a wronged political wife....

National Democratic groups delaying ads in Ohio Senate race
Major national Democratic political groups are canceling ad spending in the Ohio Senate race as Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland fails to get traction against incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman in the critical swing state....

LePage: Reports of my political demise 'greatly exaggerated'
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Amid political pressure and calls for his resignation, Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he wants to make amends with the Democratic legislator he targeted in an obscene voicemail message, but he tweeted that any reports of his "political demise are greatly exaggerated."...

Appeals court refuses to halt trial in USS Cole attack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to halt the military commission trial of a Saudi national charged with orchestrating the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors....

The Latest: Election systems could be designated 'critical'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):...

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