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Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee....

Chicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances....

Pile of daunting challenges ahead for next defense secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning....

Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign....

Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whose Internet is it anyway?...

Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever....

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism....

5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A quick quiz:...

White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children....

Cuba's Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Los Van Van, one of Cuba's greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism....

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