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Kerry, Zarif set for nuke talks in NY as Senate weighs move
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Iranian diplomats and an aggressive effort to sell the emerging deal to skeptical American lawmakers and constituencies....

Kerry: Will urge Iran FM to push Yemen rebels to talks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says he will use a meeting with his Iranian counterpart to urge Iran to push the Shiite rebels it supports in Yemen back to the negotiating table....

Murray, mom in tennis shoes in '92, stands her ground
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray....

Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official....

Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes....

White House unveils blue-trimmed Barack Obama state china
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Monday unveiled the official state china service of President Barack Obama's administration, an 11-piece setting trimmed in a hue of blue that was inspired by the waters of his native state of Hawaii. The china will immediately be put into service at Tuesday's state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....

Compromise GOP budget hikes war funds, targets 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon....

US Green Berets join in Nepal earthquake relief
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says two teams of U.S. Army Green Beret soldiers happened to be in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck Saturday and are staying to help with search and relief efforts....

Q&A: Issues, possible legal outcomes in gay marriage cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples....

US, Japan boost defense ties with eyes on China, NKorea
NEW YORK (AP) -- The United States and Japan are boosting their defense relationship, allowing Japan to play a bigger role in global military operations with an eye on potential threats from China and North Korea....

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Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general

Kerry, Zarif set for nuke talks in NY as Senate weighs move

Murray, mom in tennis shoes in '92, stands her ground

US Green Berets join in Nepal earthquake relief

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