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Suicidal Germanwings pilot had struggled in US flight school
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had struggled with learning to fly and had failed a key test of his skills during training in the U.S., according to FBI interviews with his flight instructors....

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....

Clinton wraps up Hamptons fundraising swing
SAGAPONACK, N.Y. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton is wrapping a fundraising blitz in the Hamptons, where she has racked up millions during a three-day swing....

Obama cuts short the sentences of 111 federal inmates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama cut short on Tuesday the sentences of 111 federal inmates in another round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses....

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....

Foundation big part of Bill Clinton's post-White House life
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Bill Clinton left the White House, he was popular but tainted by scandal, struggling to find his footing. He eventually channeled his energy into the global philanthropy that bears his name and is shaping so much of his post-presidential legacy....

Kaine slams Trump for not disclosing taxes, foreign ties
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine offered a systematic takedown of Donald Trump's business dealings and campaign claims Tuesday, arguing the Republican nominee's presidential campaign amounts to nothing more than "Trump's next big con."...

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....

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Obama cuts short the sentences of 111 federal inmates

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Obama cuts sentences of 111 federal inmates, new commutations for those convicted of drug offenses

Politics, shootings undercut criminal justice overhaul

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