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Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign....

Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever....

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism....

5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A quick quiz:...

White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children....

Cuba's Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Los Van Van, one of Cuba's greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism....

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment....

Wisconsin Gov. Walker previews likely White House theme
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Criticizing Washington as a city of power-hungry elites, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday offered a preview of his likely White House message between private job interviews with those looking to help his expected presidential campaign....

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- When the U.S. government backed construction of a new hydroelectric plant in southwestern Mexico, residents rose up and defeated a three-year, $30 million project supported by the little-known Overseas Private Investment Corp. in Washington....

US to provide privacy group with memo on surveillance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has agreed to turn over a legal opinion regarding government surveillance and census data after a years-long court fight with a privacy group....

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