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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors....

Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators headed for double overtime Wednesday night in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task - forging a final deal by the end of June....

Reid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York....

Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers....

Iran extensions underscore Obama's dilemma in talks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's willingness to extend Iranian nuclear talks at least twice this week has laid bare the dilemma he faces as he pursues a high-stakes accord....

Things to know about indictment against Sen. Menendez
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, were indicted Wednesday on federal corruption and bribery charges....

Obama urges unity in Nigeria after historic election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is urging both the winner and loser in Nigeria's presidential elections to work together to unify Nigeria....

GOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016....

Justice Dept.: No contempt charges for former IRS official
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups....

Sources: Menendez stepping down as top Dem on Senate panel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two sources say indicted New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is voluntarily stepping aside from his post as top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee....

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