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Clinton, Sanders vigorously agree _ except when they don't
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vigorously agreed. Except when they didn't....

AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders on health care, donors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In their latest debate, Hillary Clinton glossed over the big-money donors juicing her White House ambitions while Bernie Sanders offered disputed numbers behind his plan for a government-financed health system....

Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders appeal to SC, Nevada
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- In the first Democratic presidential debate since Bernie Sanders' sweeping victory in New Hampshire's primary, the Vermont senator sought to build upon success and introduce himself to voters who may be open to an alternative to Iowa winner Hillary Clinton....

Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others....

Sanders online fundraising gives Clinton a run for her money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money, $27 at a time....

Kasich works to assure South Carolina of conservative record
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- An energized John Kasich heads into South Carolina's Republican presidential primary hoping to build on a strong showing in New Hampshire, but he's refusing to tailor or shift his message to fit the state's more conservative electorate....

Congress bans import of forced labor products
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America....

Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok....

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
MUNICH (AP) -- Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short....

House committee passes bill to privatize air traffic control
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican-controlled House committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests....



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