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Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded....

More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle....

What's considered 'classified' is a judgment call
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is under scrutiny over whether she sent or received classified information on unsecured email when she was secretary of state. The inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community recently alerted the Justice Department about classified information included improperly on email that went through a home server Clinton used in lieu of the official State Department email system....

Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities
NEW YORK (AP) -- In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return....

In Miami, Clinton set to call for lifting Cuba embargo
MIAMI (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday will call on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962....

Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall....

Democrats far behind GOP in raising money for '16 super PACs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton has a message for the country's wealthiest Democrats: I need you, unfortunately....

News Guide: Super PACs land wealthy donors to fund 2016 bids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs, as well....

Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds....

4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four Democrats, including one who represents an American hostage in Iran, said Thursday they would support the Iran nuclear deal in a major boost for President Barack Obama....

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