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AP sources: GOP works to avoid third-party presidential run
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican hierarchy is challenging each of the party's presidential candidates to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid - a move aimed squarely at Donald Trump....

Clinton camp urged former State Dept. aide to testify
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aides to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton urged a former State Department employee who helped set up her private email server to testify before a House investigative panel, but the staffer has said he will assert his constitutional right not to testify....

Iran deal will survive in Congress despite GOP opposition
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Iran nuclear deal strongly backed by President Barack Obama and just as ardently opposed by the GOP is now on track to get through Congress....

On Arctic voyage, Obama banks on power of his celebrity
KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) -- President Barack Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to the issue of climate change....

Pondering campaign, Biden sticks close to Obama
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is making the case for a nuclear accord with Iran that President Barack Obama staunchly supports, calling it "a good deal" for the U.S., the world and Israel....

Bush: "I laughed" at Trump's criticism of speaking Spanish
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says his first reaction was to laugh at rival Donald Trump's criticism of him for speaking Spanish....

Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday....

Candidates seeking Iowa boost look to 99-county tour
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -- Is it a savvy strategy or a campaign gimmick? Many presidential candidates see a path to success in Iowa by visiting all 99 counties in the leadoff caucus state....

SAT scores lag, majority of takers miss college-ready mark
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Continuing a downward trend, the latest scores from the SAT college entrance exam show a majority of students taking the test aren't ready for college-level work or career-training programs....

Report on Ferguson unrest offers lessons in what not to do
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places roiled by mistrust between law enforcement and the community....

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