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Ted Cruz says his decision to support Donald Trump was 'agonizing'
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Ted Cruz appears uncomfortable defending the man he says he'll vote for in November, Donald Trump....

VIEWER'S GUIDE: Look for trust, temperament themes, plenty of wild-card moments in Monday's debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue - an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded and inspected for years....

Donald Trump's status as a Washington outsider is helping to shield the billionaire candidate from the scrutiny House Republicans are dedicating to Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's status as a Washington outsider fuels his fiery populism and also is helping to shield him from the scrutiny House Republicans are devoting to Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state....

Donald Trump needs to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump needs to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief. Hillary Clinton needs a moment to connect with Americans who question whether she can be trusted....

President Barack Obama hails the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for telling 'richer and fuller story of who we are.'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black history officially has a new, prominent place in America's story....

WHY IT MATTERS: A sampling of issues at stake in election and their impact on Americans, and the world
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:...

Hillary Clinton has appeared in more than 30 primary debates during her two presidential campaigns, a deep history she can draw upon as she faces Donald Trump on Monday
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton has appeared in more than 30 primary debates during her two presidential campaigns, a deep history she can draw upon as she faces Donald Trump on Monday night....

Since he entered the presidential race, it's been Donald Trump's style to break with convention
NEW YORK (AP) -- Since he entered the presidential race, it's been Donald Trump's style to break with convention. It's no different when it comes to debate prep....

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is accusing Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans of 'making hate OK' as she campaigns for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans of "making hate OK" as she campaigned for Hillary Clinton on Saturday....

The Manhattan bombing case illustrates the difficulties investigators face in identifying and stopping individuals who might be violent extremists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The man accused in the Manhattan bombing was flagged for an interview with Customs officials in the course of an overseas trip, was accused two years ago of stabbing his brother and had once been angrily described by his father as a terrorist....

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The first national museum devoted exclusively to the history and culture of African-Americans is now open

President Barack Obama hails the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for telling 'richer and fuller story of who we are.'

President Barack Obama hails the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for confronting what he calls "uncomfortable truths."

War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get global backing

A transgender man granted asylum by the U.S. last year is suing Indiana over a state law which prevents him from changing his first name to a male name aligned with his gender identity

War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get global backing

Ohio's elections chief says a federal appeals court ruling effectively forces the swing state to place voters who have died or moved on its registration list

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory took some questions at a public event described as coming from a local newspaper, but they actually came from McCrory's re-election campaign

President Barack Obama's homeland security adviser says it'd be very hard to hack into America's election system in a way that could alter an outcome