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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....

Sanders, Kasich win 1st votes in tiny NH community
DIXVILLE, N.H. (AP) -- Bernie Sanders and John Kasich picked up the most votes as the first ballots of the first-in-the-nation primary were cast early Tuesday....

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....

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."...

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....

Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign....

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....

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....

Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A terse letter from Andrew Clyde's credit card-processing company explained it was discontinuing his corporate account because his Georgia firearms business "no longer met our underwriting guidelines." In a panic, Clyde called three other companies, which denied him, too....

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....

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