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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....

Global finance leaders see economy strengthening
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Financial officials from the world's major economies on Friday welcomed modest improvements in the global economy while side-stepping fears rattling global financial markets that Greece will default on its bailout loans....

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....

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....

Fund for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hints at presidential run
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- People close to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have formed a fund allowing him to travel the country to more aggressively tell of the state's rebound under his watch, raising the prospect of a potential Republican presidential bid....

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Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the 'gender card'
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....

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