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Ariz. sheriff aims to halt Obama immigration order
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama's immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation....

Obama says US can influence new generation in Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators....

Republicans in charge of Senate _ but 2016 awaits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have the Senate majority now and are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill this January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority....

President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 2
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) -- How President Barack Obama spent the second day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Sunday:...

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company....

US renews elusive push for Mideast peace
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace....

As Air Force fixes nuke flaws, future debated
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years - repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps - the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide....

Obama offers help to NYPD after 2 officers killed
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama offered full support and federal assistance on Sunday to the New York Police Department in the wake of the killing of two officers the day before....

Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides....

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually....

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