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APNewsBreak: Marine general chosen Joint Chiefs chairman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14, U.S. officials said Monday....

GOP field grows: Longshots Fiorina, Carson launch their bids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class on Monday, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties....

Obama on protests: 'There are consequences to indifference'
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness."...

Republicans working to get Iran legislation moving again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans labored Monday to salvage bipartisan legislation granting lawmakers the right to review or even reject any agreement the Obama administration makes to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for concessions on nuclear research and development....

Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces White House campaign
DETROIT (AP) -- Retired surgeon Ben Carson declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday, resting his longshot bid on his vision of the nation as "a place of dreams" where people can thrive when freed from an overbearing government....

Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists....

State: No evidence of conflict in Clinton Foundation gifts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department said Monday it has no evidence that any actions taken by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was secretary of state were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation or former President Bill Clinton's speaking fees....

Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi, emails this month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is willing to testify once on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and her email practices during her tenure as secretary of state, her attorney told lawmakers in a letter Monday....

Conservative Nebraska looks at abolishing death penalty
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- There's not a lot of sympathy for the 11 men on death row in Nebraska, but spurred by frustration about the growing difficulty and cost of carrying out executions, lawmakers are considering eliminating the death penalty....

Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice....

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