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Obama signs bill easing access to government records
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday measures to give the public greater access to government documents and records under the nearly half-century-old Freedom of Information Act....

Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday....

About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday....

Trump talks trade at shuttered NH factory
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump talked trade at a shuttered New Hampshire factory on Thursday, putting a more personal spin on his vow to rip up the nation's trade deals and impose new tariffs in an effort to revive local manufacturing jobs....

War cry: Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren....

OBAMA LEGACY: Immigration stands as most glaring failure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hours after the Supreme Court sent his immigration policy into legal limbo, President Barack Obama huddled around a long conference table in the Roosevelt Room with disappointed activists. The president looked out at familiar faces, some teary. It had been a long and tough fight, Obama said, and he had taken some beatings - even from supporters who "whupped on me good."...

For Clinton, tiny fundraisers equal big campaign money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at the Pritzker family home in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least $1 million to help elect her and other Democrats this fall....

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first U.S. fatality using self-driving technology took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car operating the vehicle's "Autopilot" automated driving system died after a collision with a truck in Florida, federal officials said Thursday....

Navy probe: US sailors were ill-prepared for Iran encounter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 10 U.S. sailors captured and humiliated by Iran after mistakenly steering their boats into Iranian waters in January were beset not just by poor judgment and faulty equipment. They also showed a remarkable lack of curiosity about potential dangers in one of the world's more dangerous waterways, according to an in-depth Navy investigation....

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