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Southern Democrats trying to recover lost ground
ATLANTA (AP) -- To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites....

Full holiday menu for Obamas; 6 pies for dessert
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics....

Presidents pick up the check for their meals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no free lunch - or breakfast or dinner - for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter....

Heart stent not expected to sideline Ginsburg
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court....

Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with - sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table....

Eyeing 2016, Clinton selective on policy issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton offered praise for President Barack Obama's executive actions to stave off deportation for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But the Democrats' favored presidential hopeful has been less forthcoming on other issues in these early days of the 2016 contest....

Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks....

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more....

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday....

Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House....

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