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Christie, other Republican '16 hopefuls following McCain's town hall playbook in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- In the summer of 1999, John McCain didn't have many big names backing his campaign for president. He didn't have much money, either, and even resorted at one point to giving away ice cream to drum up a decent-size crowd....

Hillary and Bill Clinton earn more than $139M between 2007-14, pay tax rate of 31.6 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned more than $139 million between 2007 and 2014, according to eight years of federal income tax returns released by her campaign on Friday....

Amid latest release of emails, Hillary Clinton's campaign makes public tax and medical details
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is in "excellent physical condition," two facts that emerged in a flood of disclosures from the campaign of the Democratic presidential candidate....

News Guide: Super PAC backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gets $10 million donation from single donor
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....

In visit to region, Kerry to push Malaysia to increase efforts against human trafficking
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will push Malaysia to redouble its efforts against human trafficking during an upcoming visit for regional security talks, a senior State Department official said Friday....

Kerry heads to Mideast for talks on Egypt, Syria, Iran nuke deal with wary Arab neighbors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran....

White House says former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, urges reconciliation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, and says his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan."...

Pummeled in its capital, Islamic State group still hanging tough across Iraq and Syria
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....

Many Hillary Clinton emails, sent over unsecure channels, now deemed too sensitive to release
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dozens of emails that traversed Hillary Clinton's private, unsecure home server contain national security information now deemed too sensitive to make public, according to the latest batch of records released Friday....

Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday _ physically 'fit to serve as president'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president," her physician declared Friday - just one in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy summer day....

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In visit to region, Kerry to push Malaysia to increase efforts against human trafficking

Kerry heads to Mideast for talks on Egypt, Syria, Iran nuke deal with wary Arab neighbors

White House says former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, urges reconciliation

Pacific Rim ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks but claim 'significant progress' made

House Ethics panel clears lawmakers of wrongdoing in trip apparently paid for by Azerbaijan

Marijuana industry's attempt to join federal banking system rejected by regulators

Ex-President George HW Bush shows he's in good spirts in tweeting about his fall, neck injury

IRS commissioner says no new rules for big-money political groups before 2016 election

AP's 'Beyond Exit Polls' election polling project wins $250,000 grant from Knight Foundation