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Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid
HOPE, Ark. (AP) -- Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn't build wide enough support to win the Republican nomination....

Two decades after 'Black Hawk Down,' Kerry visits Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation's fledgling government and the United States' readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history....

Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama tapped a highly respected combat commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Tuesday, signaling that the battles against al-Qaida and Islamic State militants threatening the Middle East and the West remain top priorities for the nation's military despite years of trying to change the focus to Asia....

Clinton to call for 'full and equal path to citizenship'
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on illegal immigration, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress....

Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial
FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York....

Republican Congressman DeSantis to run for Rubio Senate seat
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will announce Wednesday that he's running for the Senate seat Marco Rubio is giving up to seek the GOP presidential nomination....

Other Dem candidates get 6 debates to challenge Clinton
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Democratic National Committee has sanctioned six presidential primary debates, giving long-shot candidates chances to challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton before television audiences....

Education Dept. sees increase in campus sex crime reporting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of sex offenses on college campuses reported to the Education Department nearly doubled over a five-year period....

Energy-producing states blast Obama climate change plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday....

Senate slated to vote on GOP budget compromise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate moved ahead Tuesday on a compromise Republican budget that calls for future cuts in spending while immediately boosting Pentagon accounts by an additional $38 billion....

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