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APNewsBreak: Gov't finds health law co-ops awash in red ink
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law's public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found....

Perry dials back Christian appeal in Iowa, cites job record
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) -- Rick Perry bragged to an Iowa barbeque crowd about the strong economy back in Texas, drew laughs comparing President Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter and won applause vowing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. But in a state where evangelicals wield political influence, he didn't mention religion until 25 minutes into his address, and only then when asked about it....

On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016....

Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine....

Trump arrives in Scotland for Women's British Open golf
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Presidential contender Donald Trump arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Thursday for the first day of the Women's British Open, declaring "the world has asked me to be here."...

Sanders rallies supporters in nationwide simulcast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on supporters to spark a "political revolution" for his candidacy on Wednesday night, offering a rallying cry of "enough is enough" on a video simulcast to events across the country....

Senate poised to approve 3-month extension to highway bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing a Friday deadline, the Senate is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care, leaving a raft of unresolved issues for a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall....

GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes....

Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds....

US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
SYDNEY (AP) -- A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries....

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