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Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pact
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can't even agree whether global warming is real....

What to know about 'BernieCare,' Sanders' health overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The most ambitious "repeal and replace" health care plan from a presidential candidate comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders, not from a Republican....

Carson after camp tour: Absorb Syrian refugees in Mideast
AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees, that the displaced should be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and "encouragement" to the host nations....

After Paris, US political shift on privacy vs. security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race....

Race to settle budget fight means resolving policy disputes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farm-state lawmakers are trying to thwart new clean water rules....

As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson's "Gifted Hands" memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him....

NATO seeking to reconcile death totals in Kunduz attack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly two months after a U.S. warplane mistakenly attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday it remains unclear how many civilians were killed....

Reporter mocked by Trump says the 2 knew each other well
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump said he couldn't have been making fun of a reporter's disability because he doesn't know the man. Not so, says the reporter....

White House Christmas tree arrives from Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama has kicked off the holiday season at the White House by welcoming this year's Christmas tree....

Presidential contenders differ sharply on climate,
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change the greatest threat to national security. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton promises to install more than 500 million solar panels across the country....

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