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OBAMA LEGACY: A quiet mission to export gay rights overseas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While the world was watching America's gay rights transformation, the Obama administration was pursuing a quieter mission to export the same freedoms overseas to places like sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe....

Pentagon chief suspends National Guard bonus repayments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing a public outcry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan....

General: Extremists plotting attacks on West from Raqqa
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. intelligence has detected signs of Islamic State plotting against the West from their Syrian stronghold at Raqqa, adding urgency to coalition plans to encircle and eventually assault the city, a senior American general said Wednesday....

Trump promotes his new luxury hotel _ along with campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With his White House dreams increasingly in question, Donald Trump is spending precious campaign time promoting his private business in the final weeks of the long race. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is using his appearances to undermine his business credentials out on the campaign trail, accusing him of having "stiffed American workers."...

The Latest: Trump says he's entitled to take time for hotel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):...

The Trump-Clinton Twitter war: Bludgeon vs. stiletto
NEW YORK (AP) -- Back in June, when Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Twitter, the Democrat's campaign was quick to tweet back a chilly three-word response: "Delete your account ."...

Artificial hand helps amputees feel just how hard to squeeze
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch - like holding a child without squeezing too tightly. It's another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel....

Group: Senate flier exploits Hassan's 'Muslim-sounding name'
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A Muslim civil rights group says a campaign flier targeting U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan associates Muslims with violence and exploits her "Arab and Muslim-sounding name," though similar mailers are targeting candidates in other states and Hassan's last name has Irish roots....

US abstains in UN vote on Cuba embargo for the first time
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years Wednesday on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed....

Republicans contend with Trump factor among Hispanic voters
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) -- Berta Delgado told the Spanish-speaking conservative activists at her door that she is "100 por ciento" Republican, and agreed with their assessment that Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is too liberal. She said she'd vote for Sen. Marco Rubio....