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Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law....

Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare. But lawmakers say it will enhance her stature as a dealmaker, and may help her party avoid being sidelined by majority Republicans over the next two years....

Complex US-Iran ties at heart of complicated Mideast policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq's deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement....

Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say....

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press....

US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power....

FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core
ATLANTA (AP) -- In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact....

Bergdahl charges stoke fresh criticism of prisoner swap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed....

House panel asks White House for documents on Bergdahl swap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Oversight panel is asking the White House for intelligence information, reports and documents on the swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years, for five members of the Taliban....

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews....

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