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Rick Santorum announces second White House run
CABOT, Pa. (AP) -- Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence - and focus on social issues - in a changing Republican Party....

Obama: Time left in office 'really concentrates the mind'
MIAMI (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the relatively short amount of time he has left in office "really concentrates the mind."...

FCC takes aim at annoying telemarketing calls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating - and the government is taking note....

AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press....

US, Iranian envoys to focus on nuclear deal in weekend talks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord....

Don't delay: Study confirms early treatment is best for HIV
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major international study says HIV patients shouldn't delay in seeking treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer....

Sanders wants Clinton to take stand on trade deal
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders is questioning why Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodman Clinton won't take a stand on the emerging trade deal with Pacific nations, which he calls "enormously important issue" she's been dodging....

US negotiator in nuke talks with Iran to leave job in summer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's lead nuclear negotiator is leaving her post this summer, by which point the U.S. hopes to have reached an accord with Iran....

US won't seek high court review in immigration case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government will not ask the Supreme Court to review a judge's decision that put on hold President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the Justice Department said Wednesday....

Clinton urges making middle class 'mean something again'
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton says pay equity between men and women, more generous parental leave policies and a higher minimum wage are not issues of importance merely to women but concerns that go to the heart of why it's "hard to get ahead and stay ahead in America."...

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FCC takes aim at annoying telemarketing calls

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