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Smoother ride for Clinton? She says controversies behind her
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Clinton vigorously defended her family's foundation against Donald Trump's sniping on Friday and declared she's confident there will be no new blockbuster accusations on the foundation, her emails or anything else that could undermine her chances of defeating him in November....

Deportations just latest topic where Trump has wavered
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As he powered through his rivals in the Republican primary, Donald Trump sold himself as the "tell-it-like-it-is" candidate, a brash truth-teller whose policy pronouncements wouldn't be swayed by the polls....

Trump immigration waffle reflects voter confusion on issue
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Dean Green supports Donald Trump partly because of the GOP presidential nominee's tough, deport-them-all stance on illegal immigration. But the 57-year-old Republican paused as he complained about U.S. immigration policy and acknowledged that deporting all 11 million people in the U.S. illegally would separate families....

US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria
GENEVA (AP) -- The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a truce....

The Latest: Kaine associates Trump's values with KKK's
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):...

Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'
ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians....

Chicago Story: Trump sends GOP donors spinning
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ron Gidwitz, Dan Webb and William Kunkler are veteran Republicans - and friends - from Chicago's political money circuit. They raised buckets of cash for Mitt Romney four years ago. This time, however, their party's nominee has sent them spinning off in three directions....

Maine governor leaves obscene voicemail on lawmaker's phone
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Republican Gov. Paul LePage unleashed an obscene tirade on a Democratic legislator, leaving him a voicemail message that said "I am after you" and telling reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel and point a gun between his eyes....

Burr sticks to low-key style in N. Carolina re-election bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Richard Burr drives alone, steering his white 2013 Hyundai sedan to dozens of factory tours and other North Carolina stops. If there's a TV camera or a reporter, he'll talk. If not, he'll move on....

Trump campaign CEO faced domestic violence charge in 1996
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's new campaign CEO faced domestic violence charges in the 1990s following an altercation with his then-wife. The charges were eventually dropped after she failed to appear for trial....

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