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Rubio under pressure as Republicans debate in South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Marco Rubio enters Saturday night's Republican presidential debate facing immense pressure to right his campaign after faltering badly in the last contest and finishing a disappointing fifth in New Hampshire....

Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing....

Viewers' Guide: GOP hopefuls spar in South Carolina
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Serious issues face Saturday night's Republican presidential debaters in South Carolina, a state with deep-rooted military culture and home to a mass murder at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. But style is going to beg for attention alongside pressing matters of policy....

Cruz's right turn on immigration belies more moderate past
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Ted Cruz has for months repeated that when it comes to immigration, he has never supported granting "amnesty" or "legalization" to people in the United States illegally....

Kerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria
MUNICH (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of "repeated aggression" in both places....

The Latest: And then there were 6; GOP 2016 field narrows
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential race, with the focus turning to South Carolina and the Republican debate on Saturday night (all times local):...

Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited - neighboring power China - will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes....

Black Democrats question Sanders' commitment to Obama
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation's first black president....

The Latest: Cruz ad puts Clinton in 'Office Space'
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):...

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC
DENMARK, S.C. (AP) -- The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump's long shadow....



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