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Clinton struggles to win over younger women
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) -- For young women, political revolution is currently trumping the idea of a Madame President....

Justice Dept. enters Ferguson court case in strong position
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb....

Next up for Democrats: Nevada, an entirely different state
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Now that Iowa and New Hampshire are in the rear-view mirror, the Democratic presidential contest shifts to markedly different terrain in Nevada, where a largely urban and diverse electorate will test the breadth of Bernie Sanders' appeal and the durability of Hillary Clinton's coalition....

Congress moves near final OK of local Internet tax ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise the Senate began pushing on Thursday toward congressional approval....

Viewers' Guide: Post-NH, a tense Clinton-Sanders rematch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Grudge match....

Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria
BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as he urged coalition partners to expand and deepen their military contributions....

Watchdog finds progress since "Fast and Furious" operation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has made progress since a failed gun-smuggling sting operation known as "Fast and Furious," but more work needs to be done, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday....

New Hampshire: Proof Trump's bravado is his best asset
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- Donald Trump began his Republican presidential campaign by labeling Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. He's since profanely promised to bomb Islamic State fighters. He's endorsed using torture on foreign prisoners....

All-male panel in Utah votes to keep sales tax on tampons
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah committee of all-male lawmakers has voted to keep the sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products despite an international push to remove it....

The Latest: Black Caucus PAC endorses Clinton
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local):...



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