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Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards
ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards - particularly for high-tech or cyber security jobs....

AP source: US moving toward charging doctor in Menendez case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are moving toward charging a Florida eye doctor over his dealings with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, according to a person familiar with a Justice Department investigation into their relationship....

NEWS GUIDE: The gaps as Iran talks hit crunch time
Centrifuges. Sanctions. Nuclear research. Sticking points remain on some of the most basic issues as negotiations between world powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program hit crunch time....

Iran nuclear talks near deadline; differences remain
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program reached a critical phase Monday with diplomats struggling to overcome substantial differences just a day before a deadline for the outline of an agreement....

Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy
BOSTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama summoned today's quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator's name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was....

Small investors blame bad advice from brokers for big losses
NEW YORK (AP) -- Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune....

4 tips to avoid getting fleeced by your broker
Can your broker or adviser be trusted? There is no way to be 100 percent certain, but far too many investors don't even take a few simple steps to protect themselves. Start by asking questions. Here are four key ones, and tips for finding the answers....

Clinton: US-Israeli relations need to be 'constructive'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S.-Israeli relationship needs to return to "constructive footing," according to a prominent Jewish leader who spoke to the former secretary of state during the weekend....

Obama to make first visit to Kenya as president
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father's birth....

High court: Sex offender can challenge GPS monitoring
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a North Carolina sex offender should have another chance to challenge an order that he wear a GPS monitoring bracelet around the clock and for the rest of his life....

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