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GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) -- The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade....

Sen. Warren's book focuses on working family woes
BOSTON (AP) -- At the beginning of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up....

Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is going a little bit country....

US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula....

Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China....

National energy boom blurs political battle lines
DENVER (AP) -- The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country....

Analysis: Hoping legislative defeats boost turnout
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Flip sides of the same campaign-season coin, the Republican drive in Congress to repeal the nation's health care law and the Democratic call to close the pay gap for women have much in common....

Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms....

Time not on side of Russia-Ukraine detente deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Not until the final minutes of more than seven hours of negotiating was an agreement struck in Geneva this week to calm boiling tensions along the shared border between Russia and Ukraine. But the deal won't be sealed until its terms are met, and patience is wearing thin as time runs out....

Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance....

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