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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....

Trump goes after GOP rivals Rubio, Bush in their home state
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump bragged about his high standing in the polls, slammed super political action committees and dismissed rivals Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in a campaign stop Saturday in their home state of Florida....

Obama shops at Washington bookstore, popular frozen pop shop
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama kept up his holiday tradition of supporting small businesses....

GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost
Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee....

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 tour: Syrian refugees don't want to come to US
AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) -- After touring Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Saturday suggested that camps should serve as a long-term solution for millions, while other refugees could be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries....

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....