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Bush's busy role on corporate boards could become 2016 issue
WASHINGTON (AP) -- During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches....

Jeb Bush and corporate boardrooms: 15 cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jeb Bush served on the board of directors or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits since leaving office as Florida governor in early 2007. Here are the 15, his role for each, the years he served and his pay in the cases it is known:...

Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq training, equipping
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi earlier this month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, highlighting the importance of training and equipping the Sunni tribal militias. It's an effort that has repeatedly failed to take hold amid sectarian tensions in Iraq....

Obama says TX, OK storms a reminder to prep for disasters
MIAMI (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Thursday the deadly flooding in Texas and Oklahoma should serve as a reminder of the need to make the nation more resilient to the impact of natural disasters, adding that climate change is affecting both the pace and intensity of storms....

Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama administration attorneys urged a federal judge Thursday to throw out a politically charged lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law, but encountered plenty of skeptical questions....

Former NY GOP governor Pataki in the race for president
EXETER, N.H. (AP) -- George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation....

Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Post hit back Thursday at Iran's allegation that a jailed journalist wrote a letter to President Barack Obama....

Army chief: Human error likely not cause of anthrax mistake
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to numerous U.S. government and commercial laboratories in the U.S. and in South Korea, the Army's top general said Thursday....

O'Malley 2016 supporters launch super PAC
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Supporters of former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the formation a super PAC on Thursday to raise money to help his expected presidential campaign....

Obama meets with family of reporter killed by Islamic State
MIAMI (AP) -- President Barack Obama has met with the family of an American journalist who was killed last year by the Islamic State group....

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