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Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration's Middle East crisis management....

VA ousts hospital chief in Phoenix scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays....

GOP wisdom shifts on immigration
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing....

Glass shattering? Flournoy tops Pentagon shortlist
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michele Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation....

Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning - again....

Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics, along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites....

Democrats name 3 finalists to host 2016 convention
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities on Monday, announcing the party's next presidential candidate will be formally nominated in New York City, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio....

Obama meets with American winners of Nobel Prizes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some smart minds came together in the Oval Office....

Obama defends moves on immigration
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States....

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments....

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Obama meets with American winners of Nobel Prizes

Glass shattering? Flournoy tops Pentagon shortlist

Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

VA ousts hospital chief in Phoenix scandal

Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July

Academics vote to be forum on Israel boycotts

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GOP governors attack Obama's immigration order