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US Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is urging Greece to reach a deal with its creditors, warning that a default would "create immediate hardship for Greece" and damage the world economy....

Huckabee to share 2016 plans in Hope, Arkansas, on May 5
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday that he will tell supporters on May 5 in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton whether or not he will seek the Republicans' presidential nomination....

5 things from former Bush press secretary Perino's book
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dana Perino, President George W. Bush's spokeswoman at the end of his presidency, is out with a book that is part memoir, part career advice. Perino is the only Republican woman ever to serve as White House press secretary and is now a co-cost of "The Five" on Fox News Channel....

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing
ATLANTA (AP) -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance....

China: New bank to enhance international finance system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- China's proposed infrastructure bank for Asia is intended to complement, not replace, existing lenders dominated by the U.S. and Japan, a senior Chinese official said Friday....

Fiorina says she'd neutralize Clinton's gender arguments
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race....

Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a tone of outrage and eye-rolling dismissiveness, President Barack Obama and his White House team are working out their aggressions on Republicans. Well into the final quarter of Obama's presidency the White House approach is, if you can't join `em, beat `em....

Republican presidential contenders clash in New Hampshire
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- The Republican Party's most ambitious stormed into New Hampshire on Friday for an early state showdown that highlighted the diversity, political challenges and sheer size of the GOP's 2016 presidential class....

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."...

Clinton cautious about Obama's Pacific trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton says she will be closely watching efforts by the Obama administration to negotiate a broad trade policy pact with Pacific nations that's raising concerns over potential harm to workers....

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