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Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure '16 field
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call Thursday on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion....

Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel....

Emails show top officials aware of Clinton's private address
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department late Tuesday night....

Many but not all in GOP object as US, Cuba plan embassies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born....

Backers of Bush nonprofit include banks, schools, lottery
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed for the first time Wednesday, highlight the intersection between Bush's roles in the worlds of business, policy and politics years before he began running for president. Bush provided the names to The Associated Press....

After trade deal, Obama seeks to repair rift with labor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After the push for trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor, President Barack Obama is embarking on something of a repair mission....

Kerry consults US partners before further talks with Iran
VIENNA (AP) -- High-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered their sixth day Thursday after diplomats blew through a June 30 deadline and extended an interim accord by a week....

FACT CHECK: When Chris Christie tells it like it isn't
SANDOWN, N.H. (AP) -- Chris Christie certainly tells it like he sees it. That's not to say he always tells it like it is....

US probes possible collusion among airlines to keep fares up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press....

Dempsey: No shortcuts in Syria rebel vetting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. hopes to boost a faltering program for training moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, but it will not compromise on the standards it has used to weed out problematic volunteers, Pentagon leaders said Wednesday....

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Many but not all in GOP object as US, Cuba plan embassies

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