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Young Democrats gravitate toward elder Sanders

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DURHAM, N.H. -- To voters under 30, Bernie Sanders is one of them.

Forget Hillary Clinton. "She's a corporate sellout," said Emmy Ham, a senior international affairs and anthropology major at the University of New Hampshire.

And forget the notion that young women are eager to see Clinton president because of her gender. "There will be other ...Read more

Rubio seeks to reassure supporters as Republican rivals renew attacks

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LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- After the worst battering of his campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio worked Sunday to telegraph reassurance while rivals continued their pile-on and tried to shake up the Republican presidential contest in a state known for last-minute shifts of fortune.

Appearing on network television and at a packed town hall meeting in ...Read more

Rescuers race to find survivors in Taiwan quake; 124 trapped in apartment tower rubble

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TAINAN, Taiwan -- When Lee Nien-tzu arrived at the toppled apartment complex before dawn Saturday, she could have felt shock at the scale of the ruins, disorientation at having just experienced a major earthquake, or foreboding over the task that lay ahead of her.

Instead, she briefly reflected on the sadness of the situation, then scaled a ...Read more

Sanders fires up N.H. voters; Clinton looks beyond state and goes to Flint, Mich.

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- After the earsplitting reggae faded, after the candidate tossed his unfashionable sport coat into the crowd like a rock star and after the "Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!" chants quieted, Bernie Sanders launched into a familiar speech that is so adored by fans that much of the audience could recite it -- and at times they did.

"Do ...Read more

Michelle Obama not looking to follow Hillary Clinton's presidential run

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WASHINGTON -- Don't look for Michelle Obama to follow Hillary Clinton's footsteps and make a bid to succeed her husband as president.

"What you talkin' bout, Gayle?" Obama said Sunday, invoking the catchphrase from the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," when CBS morning anchor Gayle King asked the question during the Super Bowl pregame show.

The ...Read more

Russian air power turns tide for Assad

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After five years of war and a quarter-million dead, President Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies now have the upper hand in Syria, and they are seeking to press a growing battlefield advantage rather than negotiate.

In the past week, the United Nations has tried to start peace talks in Geneva, and European leaders met in London to ...Read more

Clinton required transcripts of her speeches

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Hillary Clinton, who faces mounting pressure to release transcripts of her paid speeches, routinely demanded that a stenographer be present at her events so she could keep a record of what she said.

At least four of Clinton's contracts included a clause stating a transcript would be produced for Clinton and that the former ...Read more

Divers continue search for 2 planes that presumably collided off California coast

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Divers continued recovery efforts Sunday off the coast of San Pedro but so far have found no further debris linked to the suspected collision of two small planes Friday, officials said.

Underwater cameras and divers were in waters off the Los Angeles Harbor on Sunday, looking for wreckage and the remains of at least two people and perhaps a ...Read more

Analysis: Rubio hit hard in debate

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A flustered Marco Rubio is learning tough lessons about life atop the political world, as rivals gang up on him and his carefully crafted, lofty campaign rhetoric is ridiculed as robotic talking points.

The senator from Florida endured a barrage of criticism Saturday at a bad time, three days before the New Hampshire primary...Read more

Supreme Court to rule on Obama's use of executive authority on immigration

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WASHINGTON--The Supreme Court has often dealt big blows to presidents in their second term.

Harry Truman was rebuked for claiming the power to seize strike-bound steel mills during the Korean War. Richard Nixon resigned shortly after the court ruled unanimously he must turn over the Watergate tapes.

Bill Clinton's impeachment was triggered by ...Read more

Clinton says she's unsure what Sanders means by 'Wall Street'

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WASHINGTON –– Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a Treasury secretary doesn't need to have a Wall Street pedigree to succeed, but stopped short of committing to appointing an outsider to the post should she be elected.

It's unclear what the term means to her Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton ...Read more

Sanders' supporters may be a hard sell for Clinton if she wins nomination

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RINDGE, N.H. -- Gio Vanecchia is so enamored of Bernie Sanders that he made a five-hour drive with his wife and infant son from South Jersey on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of the progressive firebrand.

But what if Sanders loses the Democratic nomination? Asked whether he will be there to vote for the Democrat in November should Sanders ...Read more

Pope Francis plans a symbolically freighted trip to Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- Pope Francis travels to Mexico this week, saying he wants to "live the faith" of the overwhelmingly Catholic country but will not shy away from confronting issues of violence and corruption that could make his governmental hosts quite uncomfortable.

History's first pontiff from the Americas will also stand on Mexico's border with...Read more

New Hampshire's identity crisis

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BOW, N.H. -- A handmade sign follows Ohio Gov. John Kasich, tallying his time in New Hampshire in red and blue paint. Chris Christie's wife knows the number of questions he's answered at town halls, one of them about bobcats. Before he dropped out, Lindsey Graham followed the model of his good friend and two-time primary winner, John McCain, and...Read more

Kansas family shares story and offers hope to parents of children with microephaly

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To many, having a child with a birth defect called microcephaly might seem to be the end of the world. And so it did, initially, for a family near Wichita, Kan., that experienced it -- twice.

But for Gwen and Scott Hartley, their two daughters. born with abnormally small heads and brains, are a source of joy.

Microcephaly recently has been ...Read more

Embargo is under the rug, so Persian carpets can roll in

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LOS ANGELES -- The call came in to the rug store at 10:30 last Wednesday morning: After five days in U.S. customs, the first batch of carpets imported from Iran were ready for pickup.

Years of waiting finally ended for Alex Helmi, owner of Damoka, a Persian rug store in Westwood. He quickly gathered his employees and told them to drive to Los ...Read more

Is Medicaid expansion near a tipping point?

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WASHINGTON -- Louisiana last month became the first state in the Deep South to make the politically charged decision to expand Medicaid health insurance to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act.

At least one other state -- South Dakota -- is expected to extend Medicaid coverage this year. But in the lead up to the November ...Read more

Reforming federal oversight of medical devices faces many challenges

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In response to recent infections and deaths from tainted medical scopes, U.S. lawmakers are wrestling with how to keep other dangerous devices from harming patients.

Members of Congress, federal officials and health policy experts agree that the Food and Drug Administration's surveillance system for devices is inadequate and relies too heavily ...Read more

What to do with one of the most important sites in Southern history?

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- No museum graces the most important site in Southern history. No visitors center welcomes tourists to Mulberry Grove. There's a historic marker a mile away, but the rush of 18-wheelers discourages passers-by from stopping and learning about the extraordinary events that took place at the overgrown and forgotten plantation along ...Read more

Rocket prompts South Korea, US to start missile defense talks

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea will start formal talks with the U.S. on allowing the placement of an anti-missile system on its territory, in an announcement made hours after North Korea launched a long-range rocket in defiance of warnings from the international community.

The government in Seoul will explore the earliest possible deployment...Read more