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Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton meets with a group of supports in the backyard of a Beaverdale, Iowa, home on Saturday, July 25, 2015.  (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Clinton says she handled emails properly

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WINTERSET, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information. Clinton spoke briefly Saturday about the email matter after a Democratic gathering at the Madison County Historical Complex …

Planned Parenthood says no profit from fetal organs

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The president of Planned Parenthood said her organization’s clinics never adjust the abortion procedure to better preserve fetal organs for medical research and that the organization’s charges cover only the cost of transmission to researchers. Planned Parenthood has come under congressional scrutiny after the release of two stealthily recorded videos that …

Cruz attack shakes up Senate GOP

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee …

As court ruling looms, Obama hails health law

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared his health care law a firmly established “reality” of American life even as the legality of one of its key elements awaits a decision by the Supreme Court. “This is …

Turkey’s ruling party loses simple majority

Sunday, June 7, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — In a stunning rebuke of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters stripped his party of its simple majority in parliament, preliminary election results showed Sunday. With 99.9 percent of the …

Woman says her brother was sexually abused by Dennis Hastert

Friday, June 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school. Jolene Burdge of Billings, …

Clinton blasts GOP field on voting rights

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HOUSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton accused potential Republican presidential rivals such as Jeb Bush of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Thursday of trying to make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote, laying down …

Bush, Perry add names to crowded Republican field

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush stepped into the Republican race for president on Thursday, finally taking his place — after months of hints and relentless fundraising — amid an unwieldy field of GOP candidates unlike any in recent memory. …

Chafee joins 2016 race with quixotic platform

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee entered the race for president Wednesday by calling for the U.S. to switch to the metric system, take an “open-minded approach” to drug trafficking and consider negotiating with Islamic …

Westhampton voters to consider Proposition 2½ override at annual election Saturday

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Residents will consider approving the final step of a Proposition 2½ override necessary to balance next year’s budget at the annual town election Saturday. A majority vote is needed to finalize the measure, which gained initial approval at Town Meeting on April 9. The override would …

Graham launches 2016 bid

Monday, June 1, 2015

CENTRAL, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Monday with a grim accounting of radical Islam “running wild” in a world imperiled also by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He dedicated …

Educator Lauren Rollins of Florence announces candidacy for Northampton School Committee

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctoral candidate and college instructor Lauren Rollins, of 185B North Main St. in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. Rollins, 35, is in her last year of obtaining a doctorate in English literature at the University of Massachusetts …

Rosenberg weighs pot question for 2016 ballot

Monday, June 1, 2015

BOSTON — State Senate President Stan Rosenberg says lawmakers should consider putting a nonbinding question on the 2016 ballot asking voters if they would support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The Amherst Democrat said he’s trying to avoid the possibility voters might approve another, perhaps poorly written, …