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Candidates sprint to NH finish, but brace for long campaign
SALEM, N.H. (AP) -- Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation's initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out slog to the nomination....

Attorney General to visit 6 cities to highlight police work
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to visit six cities in the coming months to highlight police departments she sees as role models for law enforcement....

Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death, the Justice Department said Monday....

US faces shortcomings in coalition-building for anti-IS war
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To doubters of its strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the Obama administration likes to tout its coalition of 66 nations and claim strength in numbers. But a year and a half into the war, some administration officials are acknowledging that this supposed source of strength has its own weaknesses....

Clinton's donors trade buck-raising for door-knocking in NH
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- The Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers made their pitch to a postal worker who said he favored her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders....

UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming....

For the Clintons, New Hampshire is the state of 2nd chances
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- It's their Everest. Their firewall. Their lifeboat in a frozen Atlantic....

Campaigns target Super Bowl viewers in early primary states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Among Super Bowl advertisements for Doritos, dachshunds chasing ketchup bottles and Dame Helen Mirren encouraging responsible alcohol consumption, football fans in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada also got a dose of presidential politics....

FBI: Probe into Clinton emails free of outside influence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch is reaffirming that the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state is free of outside political influence....

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."...

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