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Biden phones Iraq's prime minister, reinforces US support and thanks Iraqi fighting forces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment....

HEALTHBEAT: Plaques or tangles? Scanning brains of healthy seniors for clues about Alzheimer's
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking....

Ruling may gut 'Obamacare,' but Republicans would feel the heat if millions lose subsidies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans - not White House officials - who have been talking about damage control....

Jeb Bush is getting house of his own for summer stay at family compound in Kennebunkport
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent summers....

Sanders seeks to tap into Elizabeth Warren liberals in underdog bid for Democratic nomination
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing....

Defense Secretary Ash Carter's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group....

Obama asks Americans to never stop repaying the debt owed to those who made ultimate sacrifice
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war....

Ex-Texas Gov. Rick Perry seeks to win over Iowa voters with frequent visits, personal approach
LE MARS, Iowa (AP) -- Rick Perry's early, hands-on approach in Iowa contrasts with the 2016 presidential prospect's failed bid four years ago, when he entered the race relatively late and stumbled in the debates....

Democrats: Next health care issues are high deductibles, copays now that millions more covered
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections....

Deadlocked over long list of problems, Congress picks familiar path and goes short-term
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers....

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Obama asks Americans to never stop repaying the debt owed to those who made ultimate sacrifice

Defense Secretary Ash Carter's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions

Democrats: Next health care issues are high deductibles, copays now that millions more covered

US Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide Kay Webber in private ceremony, his office says

Nevada murder trial is latest to test interpretations of 'stand your ground' laws across US

UK leader Cameron outlines who can vote in referendum on EU, excludes some EU citizens

GOP primary for governor remains undecided in Kentucky, delaying efforts to unify party

In 2016, record number of Americans will have option to register online, vote early

Sure as sure can be: In uncertain times, this season's campaign catchword is certainty


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