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Carson rose from poor childhood to acclaimed neurosurgeon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson has often recounted his childhood as the son of a single mother in inner-city Detroit. In his 1996 autobiography "Gifted Hands," Carson wrote of the humiliation he felt using food stamps from his mom to pay for bread and milk, and said he began to excel at school only after receiving a free pair of glasses that allowed him to see the lessons written on chalk boards....

The Latest: Rohrabacher says Trump considering him for State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):...

Trump's call inspires hope in Taiwan, concern in Beijing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province....

Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader
NEW YORK (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to renew his defense of his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago....

Democrats looking to reclaim Midwestern supporters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political "blue wall" of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters....

Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania
Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focuses Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party is seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a federal judge has ordered a hand recount to begin by noon....

Michigan to begin recount; legal fight moves to Pennsylvania
A judge has ordered a hand recount of Michigan's presidential results to begin by noon Monday, and the Green Party is trying to force a federal court order for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania....

Supreme Court takes up cases about race in redistricting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is taking up a pair of cases in which African-American voters maintain that Southern states discriminated against them in drawing electoral districts....

Latest: Judge orders Michigan recount to begin Monday
DETROIT (AP) -- The Latest on a federal judge's ruling on the start of a hand recount of Michigan presidential election ballots (all times local):...

Democrats looking to reclaim Midwestern supporters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political "blue wall" of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters....


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