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Jumbled GOP field hopes for survival in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party's nomination....

New Hampshire: Proof Trump's bravado is his best asset
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- Donald Trump began his Republican presidential campaign by labeling Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. He's since profanely promised to bomb Islamic State fighters. He's endorsed using torture on foreign prisoners....

But is she honest? Caring? Clinton grapples with questions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton's campaign has spent months fighting the perception that she has a shaky relationship with the truth and is disconnected from the problems facing Americans....

Kasich's NH showing could be tough to convert into more wins
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- Republican presidential contender John Kasich spent time and money winning over New Hampshire voters....

Next up for the GOP presidential candidates: South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Republican presidential nominating has moved into the South, where seven states - Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas - will anchor the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1....

House backs bill to require EPA notification in lead cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water - the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan....

Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal....

Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now
MUNICH (AP) -- Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups....

Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film
NEW YORK (AP) -- In one of the more elaborate and unexpected spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after the GOP candidate's primary victory in New Hampshire....

Clinton allies forming group to protect, register voters
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Allies of Hillary Clinton are forming a new $25 million political organization aimed at expanding voter protection efforts and driving turnout and registration among Latino and black voters essential to her Democratic presidential campaign....



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