Snow people, snowflakes star in White House holiday decor
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Snow people, snowflakes star in White House holiday decor

WASHINGTON (AP) — New at the White House this holiday season: penguins, snowmen and snow women, and hanging snowflakes. Returning this season: larger-than-life replicas of dogs Bo and Sunny, an 18 1/2 -foot Blue Room tree dedicated to military families, and a gingerbread White House — covered in dark chocolate, instead of white chocolate as … Continue reading

Carson says he’s faced discrimination as black conservative
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Carson says he’s faced discrimination as black conservative

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson says he’s faced more discrimination because he’s a black conservative than because of his race alone. Carson is the only black candidate among the major Republican and Democratic contenders for 2016. The retired neurosurgeon was asked in South Carolina on Wednesday whether he’s experienced more … Continue reading

AP Conversation: Cruz’s ambitious foreign policy has limits
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AP Conversation: Cruz’s ambitious foreign policy has limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz says the question follows him into the hallways of foreign capitals around the world. In whispered tones, heads of state pull the Texas senator and Republican candidate for president aside to ask: “Where is America?” “We need America,” Cruz says they tell him. “The world doesn’t work without America leading.” … Continue reading

Cuba blames US for instigating surge of migrants from island
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Cuba blames US for instigating surge of migrants from island

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban officials blamed the United States late Tuesday for instigating a surge in the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. through Central America amid ongoing efforts to normalize relations between the former Cold War foes. In a statement aired on the government’s nightly broadcast, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations … Continue reading

U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims
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U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is making it clearer that his call for the U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims. His campaign says Bush supports accepting women and children regardless of their religion and does not exclude Syrian Muslims broadly, as long … Continue reading

Postal workers’ union endorses Bernie Sanders for president
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Postal workers’ union endorses Bernie Sanders for president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union on Thursday, marking the largest labor union to back his Democratic presidential campaign. The union’s decision gives Sanders a boost heading into the second Democratic debate in Iowa on Saturday and comes as the Vermont senator has sought … Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Carson profits from ties with convicted felon
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AP Exclusive: Carson profits from ties with convicted felon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ben Carson has maintained a business relationship with a close friend convicted of defrauding insurance companies and testified on his behalf, even as the candidate has called for such crimes to be punished harshly. Pittsburgh dentist Alfonso A. Costa pleaded guilty to a felony count of health care fraud … Continue reading