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Obama: Climate pact an 'act of defiance' after Paris attacks
LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an "act of defiance" against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond....

Calendars show Clinton made time at State for supporters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family's global charity, according to State Department calendars obtained by The Associated Press....

High court won't review Michigan murder case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Monday that it won't consider reinstating the conviction of a Michigan man charged with a 1988 murder in a drug dispute....

Trump says black pastors likely pressured not to endorse him
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump says he thinks a group of black pastors meeting with him Monday had planned to endorse him for president but were pressured out of it because he "believes all lives matter."...

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway spending and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates....

Paul to file for president, re-election in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is officially filing for re-election and for president in his home state Monday, a move he insists does not undermine his faltering presidential campaign....

Justices rebuff Texas veterinarian who gave advice online
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a retired Texas veterinarian who was barred from evaluating animals and giving advice over the Internet....

Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars
NEW YORK (AP) -- As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America's most contentious issues, and is well accustomed to receiving verbal threats....

Obama, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine during climate talks
LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to decrease tensions with Turkey, as the U.S. and Russian leaders met briefly on the sidelines of global climate talks outside Paris....

Colleges grapple with best ways to address race incidents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials were slow to handle racial incidents at the University of Missouri, and that contributed to protests, a student hunger strike, a threatened boycott by the football team and ultimately, the resignations of two administrators....