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US Sen. Menendez: I've behaved appropriately in office
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defiantly said Friday that he had always been honest in office even as a person familiar with the matter said he's expected to face criminal charges soon....

Obama: Ferguson report exposed racially biased system
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was "oppressive and abusive," President Barack Obama said Friday as he called for criminal justice reform as part of the modern struggle for civil rights....

Iraqi forces retake western town of al-Baghdadi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says Iraqi forces have retaken the town of al-Baghdadi from Islamic State fighters after months of battles....

Clinton's emails: Secrets, security and the law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once again, Hillary Rodham Clinton did it her way, and it could cost her....

Ex-Cabinet official Donna Shalala to lead Clinton Foundation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala has been tapped to run the Clinton Foundation as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for her expected 2016 presidential campaign and the philanthropy faces scrutiny of its fundraising practices....

FOIA rules to guide review of Clinton emails for publication
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Friday it will apply the legal provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to determine what parts of Hillary Rodham Clinton's official emails when she was secretary of state will be released publicly from her private account. The law contains nine exemptions to censor or withhold parts of records....

LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes Utah Senate
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Members of Utah's state Senate told personal stories of discrimination and even invoked the state's polygamist history during a Friday afternoon debate on a landmark bill that protects gay and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting religious rights....

CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency's limited insights into a series of major global developments....

As he ponders 2016, O'Malley begs off on criticizing Clinton
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a Democratic presidential bid, declined Friday to criticize likely primary opponent Hillary Rodham Clinton for her exclusive use of private email while serving as secretary of state....

Illinois congressman hires firms to review office spending
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois congressman under scrutiny for lavish expenses, including redecorating his Washington office in the style of the PBS television series "Downton Abbey," announced Friday that he has hired private firms to oversee spending for his official and campaign operations....

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States say Obama administration misled judge on immigration

Obama: Ferguson report exposed racially biased system

FOIA rules to guide review of Clinton emails for publication

US Sen. Menendez: I've behaved appropriately in office

Ex-Cabinet official Donna Shalala to lead Clinton Foundation

CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

Illinois governor says New Jersey is 'going down the drain'

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