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Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

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- Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said.

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One of the longest shots, Republican Pataki launches White House bid 7:52pm BST

EXETER, N.H. - Former New York Governor George Pataki announced on Thursday he will run for the White House in 2016, becoming one of the longest shots in a growing pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. | Video

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U.S. judge grills lawyer defending Obama's healthcare law changes 5:55pm BST

WASHINGTON - A U.S. judge on Thursday blasted the Obama administration's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives over the implementation of the Democratic president's signature healthcare law.

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Donald Trump, potential 2016 hopeful, to make announcement June 16: TV station 8:49pm BST

- Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump, who has been considering a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will make a major announcement on June 16 in New York, New Hampshire television station WMUR reported on Thursday.

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Obama administration will not seek Supreme Court stay on immigration action block 3:21am BST

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

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U.S. defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears: sources 8:06pm BST

TEL AVIV - U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

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Republican Santorum launches 2016 bid with appeal to middle class 12:16am BST

CABOT, Penn. - Republican Rick Santorum, who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched another run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers. | Video

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Lead negotiator for U.S. to depart at conclusion of Iran nuclear talks 9:29pm BST

WASHINGTON - Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, will step down whenever the negotiations end, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

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Majority of Americans back new trade deals: Reuters/Ipsos poll 12:12am BST

- A majority of Americans support new trade deals, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday, even as President Barack Obama struggles to win support for legislation key to sealing a signature Pacific Rim trade agreement.

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Judge sets release schedule for Clinton's State Department emails 27 May 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras on Wednesday set a schedule for the State Department to release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails in monthly batches beginning on June 30 and ending in late January.