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Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?
ATLANTA (AP) -- Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House....

After 6 years, Obama personal chef hangs up apron
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, Obama's personal chef is waving goodbye....

Spokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospital
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized through Christmas Day after experiencing shortness of breath two days ago....

On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combat
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) -- President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11....

Army data shows rarity of desertion prosecutions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Army has prosecuted about 1,900 cases of desertion since 2001, despite tens of thousands of soldiers fleeing the service in the face of deadly combat, long and multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and strains on military families....

Americans appear comfortable with political dynasties
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Again? Really?...

Interrogation program mismanaged, Senate, CIA agree
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While the Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, both reports largely agree the agency mismanaged the now-shuttered program....

California officials issue caramel apple warning
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California health officials are warning people not to eat Happy Apple brand caramel apples after they were recalled over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria....

Obama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) -- What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, you round up a few aides and make common cause on the golf course....

GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets....

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