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Investigators found fired nuke commander may have made counterfeit poker chips
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press....

Analysis: Lawsuit, 2016 election are GOP's likely best bets to overturn Obama on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment....

AP sources: Obama approves limited re-engagement with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say....

Midterm elections induced yawns among many Americans, but less so in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America....

Obama spending weekend in Las Vegas area, tees off on exclusive course with Derek Jeter
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is playing golf at an exclusive Las Vegas-area course with a retired shortstop, a Democratic Party donor and a newspaper owner....

Immigration puzzle: Republicans angry but uncertain what to do about Obama immigration action
WASHINGTON (AP) -- United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear....

Obama tells Ferguson 'keep protests peaceful' as grand jury nears decision in police shooting
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says his message to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, as they await a grand jury's decision in this summer's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man is to "keep protests peaceful."...

In video message ahead of Ferguson decision, Holder urges calm behavior by protesters, police
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a decision by a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury believed to be imminent, Attorney General Eric Holder is exhorting police across the nation to prepare appropriately for demonstrations and "minimize needless confrontation" with protesters....

Hillary Clinton lauds Obama's executive action on immigration, calling it an 'historic step'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama's executive actions to protect about 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, calling it a "historic step" and urging Congress to pursue a measure approved by the Senate last year....

SPIN METER: Obama's immigration steps are beyond the norm for solo presidential acts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's unilateral actions on immigration stand out from those of his predecessors because of the sheer scope of what he's doing and the political tenor of the times....

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AP sources: Obama approves limited re-engagement with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

Investigators found fired nuke commander may have made counterfeit poker chips

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Midterm elections induced yawns among many Americans, but less so in Oregon

A 2016 preview? GOP governors attack Obama's immigration order

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