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Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press....

Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment....

AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say....

Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America....

Obama, Jeter tee off on exclusive Vegas course
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is playing golf at an exclusive Las Vegas-area course with a retired shortstop, a Democratic Party donor and a newspaper owner....

Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear....

Obama to Ferguson: 'Keep protests peaceful'
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says his message to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, as they await a grand jury's decision in this summer's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man is to "keep protests peaceful."...

Holder urges calm ahead of Ferguson decision
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a decision by a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury believed to be imminent, Attorney General Eric Holder is exhorting police across the nation to prepare appropriately for demonstrations and "minimize needless confrontation" with protesters....

Clinton: Obama immigration effort 'historic step'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama's executive actions to protect about 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, calling it a "historic step" and urging Congress to pursue a measure approved by the Senate last year....

SPIN METER: Immigration steps are beyond the norm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's unilateral actions on immigration stand out from those of his predecessors because of the sheer scope of what he's doing and the political tenor of the times....

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