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Senior Iranian official pushes for end to UN arms embargo in nuclear deal
VIENNA (AP) -- A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed Monday to lift the U.N. arms embargo on the country as a parallel deal - a demand that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran's Mideast clout....

Participants in gay marriage fight recall victories, setbacks on the way to landmark decision
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close....

New head of POW-MIA agency favors enlisting help of private groups to find war remains
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Pentagon's new agency in charge of recovering and identifying remains of U.S. war dead said he will push for more partnering with private groups that have resources and interest to help reinvigorate a troubled POW-MIA accounting mission....

Loss of familiar faces gives comics new opportunities during upcoming presidential campaign
NEW YORK (AP) -- A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night television hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and an opportunity for new voices....

Deal in balance? On 9th day of Iran nuke talks, cautious Kerry says it 'could go either way'
VIENNA (AP) -- Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war....

Obama to meet with military leaders at the Pentagon on campaign against Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State....

Returning from holiday break, Congress faces busy agenda, looming deadline to fund government
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress return Tuesday from July Fourth fireworks and parades facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall....

Correction: DEM 2016-Clinton-Policy story
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story July 6 about Hillary Rodham Clinton's policy research efforts, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the president of Miami Dade College. It is Eduardo Padron, not Patron....

Forgiveness of Charleston shooter stirs dialogue among blacks about what's best for community
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor....

Clinton web post that seeks to reassure gay youth draws wide social media attention
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Boosting her social media outreach to younger voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to offer reassurance to gay youths in a posting that is drawing wide online attention....

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Senior Iranian official pushes for end to UN arms embargo in nuclear deal

New head of POW-MIA agency favors enlisting help of private groups to find war remains

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Armenian police disperse protest against electricity hikes that blocked street for 2 weeks

Returning from holiday break, Congress faces busy agenda, looming deadline to fund government

Forgiveness of Charleston shooter stirs dialogue among blacks about what's best for community

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After gay marriage loss in high court, conservatives issue call to arms for religious freedom

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