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Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine....

Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length....

Colorado school protests roil swing state politics
DENVER (AP) -- The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state....

Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency's critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House....

Savvy Utah lawmaker leads GOP on Secret Service
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The night before Tuesday's congressional hearing on the White House break-in, bombshell news broke: The intruder had made it much farther into the executive mansion than previously known....

Refugee plan set up for Central American minors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border....

Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects....

Hillary Clinton to raise money for NH's Shaheen
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton is expected to help raise campaign cash for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire - an important place to maintain friends, should the former secretary of state choose to make a second bid for the White House....

Jeb Bush talks education for Arkansas GOP hopeful
SHERWOOD, Ark. (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised education proposals from gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas Tuesday despite differences between the Republicans on key school reforms, as the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate stepped up campaigning for Republicans in tight races ahead of the midterm elections....

In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer....

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