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Trump, aiming to widen support, makes pitch to Hispanics
TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Visiting a battleground state he can't afford to lose, Donald Trump promised Hispanics "a much better life" Wednesday in a Florida speech that continued his recent effort to soften his tone and broaden his support 11 weeks before the presidential election....

The Latest: Trump won't address immigration in Phoenix
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):...

Before debates, Clinton aims to keep Trump expectations high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- By virtue of her long political resume, Hillary Clinton will enter her highly anticipated fall debates with Donald Trump facing the same kind of heightened expectations that often saddle an incumbent president. Trump, as the political newcomer, will be more of a wild card with a lower bar to clear....

Clinton defends foundation, says it has been transparent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton defended her family's charitable foundation on Wednesday against criticism from Donald Trump, saying it had provided more transparency than her Republican rival's sprawling business interests....

Nonprofit asking Clinton, Trump to stop campaigning on 9/11
NEW YORK (AP) -- A national organization promoting Sept. 11 as a day of public service and remembrance is asking presidential candidates to stop campaigning and running political ads on the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks....

Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation
ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he's proud of people who have donated to the Clinton Foundation and the work the organization has done, as he waded into a dispute that Republicans are hoping will damage his wife's presidential campaign....

As Trump tries minority outreach, many blacks unconvinced
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Black Republicans cheer Donald Trump for a newfound outreach to African-Americans, but say the GOP presidential nominee must take his message beyond arenas filled with white supporters and venture into the inner cities....

Black voters critique, question Trump's overtures
Donald Trump says he wants support from more black voters, asking them "what do you have to lose?" by breaking tradition and voting for a Republican presidential candidate....

Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military picture in Syria is getting more chaotic and complicated by the day, putting new strains on the Obama administration's strategy of partnering with a hodgepodge of local fighters against the Islamic State group without getting pulled deeper into Syria's civil war or rupturing relations with Turkey....

US intelligence still sorting out NSA hack
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) -- The U.S. is still probing the extent of a recent cyber leak of what purports to be hacking tools used by the National Security Agency, the nation's top intelligence official said Wednesday....


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