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Obama leading delegation of US dignitaries to Saudi Arabia
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama will lead a delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah's death....

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday....

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system....

Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama is drawing on his own experience as a minority as he gently nudges India to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual."...

Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago....

Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it's his
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A two-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president's security - and a growing threat from the sky....

GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit to 2016 candidate
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Add Chris Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen....

Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections....

Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress....

Democrat assails GOP leader of House Benghazi committee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats on a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, have complained that the panel's Republican chairman has excluded them from crucial steps in the investigation while Republicans meet with witnesses....

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