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In Florida governor's race, Democrat woos crucial black vote 8:38am EDT

TAMPA Fla. - As the leading Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Charlie Crist would be expected to draw overwhelming support from the state's more than 1.6 million registered black voters.

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U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON - Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.

Tech, U.S., Media 29 Jul 2014
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Former Virginia governor's marriage in spotlight at corruption trial

RICHMOND Va. - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial.

U.S. 29 Jul 2014
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Obama administration kicks off bid to renew Africa trade program

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions.

Africa 29 Jul 2014
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U.S. Senate panel backs confirmation of new ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia could be on his way to Moscow in days, after U.S. senators put aside partisan differences to hold a quick vote backing his appointment on Tuesday.

Russia 29 Jul 2014
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Texas Democrats question extra spending for border surge

DALLAS - Texas lawmen told a statehouse committee on Tuesday extra spending was needed to cut down on crime at the border and were met with skepticism from Democrats who questioned whether the surge could produce results that would justify the price tag.

29 Jul 2014