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Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue
VIENNA (AP) -- Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks pushed past their second deadline in a week on Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The discussions, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday....

Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bolstered by new trade negotiating powers from Congress, President Barack Obama held an unprecedented meeting Tuesday with the head of Vietnam's Communist Party as the U.S. pressed ahead to conclude talks on a groundbreaking Asia-Pacific economic pact....

Clinton jabs Republican field on immigration policy
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton said a Republican in the White House would mark a "big U-turn" for the nation and assailed the GOP presidential field's stance on an immigration overhaul....

Report: Troops face hassles with student loans, despite law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government regulator says military personnel are still being hassled over their student loans despite the federal laws and programs put in place to protect them, and officials worry it could signal a broader problem in the $1.2 trillion student debt market....

Congress backs bill expanding access for VA-issued ID cards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk....

Court upholds ban on contractor political contributions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ban on government contractors donating money to federal candidates or political parties, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years....

70 years later, WWII bombardier receives presidential honor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At 22, 2nd Lt. John Pedevillano was the youngest bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps' 306th Bomb Group when he was shot down by Nazi fighter pilots in Germany in 1944....

Democrats in Congress blast San Francisco's sanctuary policy
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Leading Democrats - including San Francisco's former mayor Sen. Dianne Feinstein - are joining mounting criticism of the city's policy of refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials when they request help in detaining a suspect thought to be in the country illegally....

Low turnout as primary voters head to polls for Schock seat
SHERMAN, Ill. (AP) -- Voters in central Illinois headed to the polls Tuesday to narrow the list of candidates to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, once a rising Republican star who resigned amid questions about his spending for travel and the "Downton Abbey"-styled redecoration of his congressional office....

Senate, House look to update Bush-era education law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is making another run at rewriting the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, even as the Obama administration urges changes it says would ensure that schools are held accountable when their students are seriously lagging behind their peers in better-performing schools....

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