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For Donald Trump, for one night, there was so much winning.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- For Donald Trump, for one night, there was so much winning....

Analysis: Trump proves GOP establishment can't stop him
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The current and former chiefs of the state Republican Party condemned him. New Hampshire's only two Republican members of Congress refused to endorse him. The conservative owner of the state's largest newspaper called him "a con man" on the front page....

AP News Guide: A big validation for Sanders, Trump
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- It's getting harder to shake off Donald Trump as just a hot-air balloon and Bernie Sanders as a pie-in-the-sky political revolutionary....

New Hampshire Takeaways: Donald Trump proves he's a winner
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire voters have made their picks: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. They are choices with implications for next-to-vote South Carolina, Nevada and beyond in the 2016 race for president....

Viewer's Guide: What to watch on the day after New Hampshire
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary left some GOP candidates with a hard-knocks hangover and others just happy to still be alive....

Senate to vote on hitting North Korea with tougher sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is considering hitting North Korea with more stringent sanctions in the wake of Pyongyang's satellite launch and technical advances that U.S. intelligence agencies say the reclusive Asian nation is making in its nuclear weapons program....

Debate on tax on tampons arrives in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- International debate over whether to tax tampons and other feminine hygiene products has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made of only men....

In Illinois, Obama to plead for a unity that's eluded him
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nine years ago to the day, Barack Obama stood before the Old State Capitol in Springfield and announced his run for president, declaring that "the ways of Washington must change." On Wednesday, Obama returns to the Illinois capital at the twilight of his political career, pleading once again for the type of national unity that has eluded him as president....

Intelligence officials: IS determined to strike US this year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the logistical challenges of mounting such an attack....

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country....

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