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Democrats scour records for provocative comments

By THOMAS BEAUMONT (DES MOINES, Iowa, AP) — As the nation’s midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders…

Ashcroft’s son enters politics for first time

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Another Ashcroft has entered politics in Missouri. John Ashcroft was a two-term governor, a senator and U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush. Now, his…

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

By JACK GILLUM (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents…

Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

By JULIE PACE (AUSTIN, Texas, AP) — Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of…

AP Exclusive: Disabled often banned from voting

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD (LOS ANGELES, AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people…

Men get draft notices 100 years after the fact

(WILKES-BARRE, Pa., AP) — The Selective Service System says a data glitch prompted it to send notices to several deceased men in Pennsylvania, ordering them to register for the nation’s…

4 dead, 70K without power after upstate NY storms

(SMITHFIELD, N.Y., AP) — Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds rolled through central New York, killing four people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and knocking out power to more than 70,000…

All riders now off disabled California coaster

(SANTA CLARITA, Calif., AP) — A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park Monday, dislodging the front car, leaving four people slightly injured…

APNewsBreak: Wash. issues first pot shop licenses

By GENE JOHNSON (SEATTLE, AP) — Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday with a middle-of-the-night email alerting bleary-eyed pot-shop proprietors that they’ll finally be able to…

Sentencing nears for former New Orleans mayor

By KEVIN McGILL (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s steep descent from the days when he was seen as a fresh-faced reformer continues this week when…