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White House grapples with politically fraught language of terrorism threats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism....

Amid measles outbreak, White House says science indicates parents should vaccinate their kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children....

Los Van Van on the go, returning to once-hostile Miami in new era of US-Cuba relations
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Los Van Van, one of Cuba's greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism....

Not running: Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 campaign before getting in
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began....

Mexican residents block US-backed plan for hydroelectric plant near vital community waterways
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment....

Mexican residents block US-backed plan for hydroelectric plant near vital community waterways
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- When the U.S. government backed construction of a new hydroelectric plant in southwestern Mexico, residents rose up and defeated a three-year, $30 million project supported by the little-known Overseas Private Investment Corp. in Washington....

5 things to know before Obama rolls out his 2016 budget Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A quick quiz:...

Justice Department to provide memo on surveillance after suit from privacy group
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has agreed to turn over a legal opinion regarding government surveillance and census data after a years-long court fight with a privacy group....

Obama, Dalai Lama scheduled to attend Feb. 5 National Prayer Breakfast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will be at the National Prayer Breakfast next week in Washington, the first time the two men have been together in nearly a year....

US considers adding Middle Eastern-North African category to 2020 Census
DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year Census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things....

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