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AP Top Political News At 11:41 p.m. EDT

Marco Rubio grabs some Vegas pizazz for campaign
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tourists and shoppers idled outside the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Thursday, while the setting of the reality show "Pawn Stars" hosted an even odder spectacle: the 2016 Republican presidential campaign....

Clinton to unveil platform in June campaign kickoff rally
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton will end weeks of smaller campaign events with a splashy rally designed to kick off a run for the White House that aides expect to cost over $1 billion, senior Clinton advisers said Thursday....

CDC investigating error that caused live anthrax shipments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Army's top general said Thursday that human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples from a chemical weapons testing site that was opened more than 70 years ago in a desolate stretch of desert in Utah....

Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."...

US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists' advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday....

Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A skeptical federal judge grilled Obama administration lawyers Thursday over the House GOP's health care lawsuit, sounding unlikely to side with the president and dismiss the case....

Bush earned millions in juggling act as corporate adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) -- During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards of or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches....

When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it....

Indictment says ex-US House Speaker Hastert paid hush money
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who once was second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday....

Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert
CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban Chicago who eventually rose to the third-highest office in the land....

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