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In Illinois, Obama issues an appeal for political unity

President Barack Obama came here nine years ago to declare it was "time to turn the page" on cynical, special- interest politics. He returned Wednesday lamenting that the story hasn't changed.

Here's how John Kasich plans to win the Republican nomination

Strategist says the Ohio governor will try to outlast the others.

Republican Chad Anderson beats Andrew Carlson in special House race

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Republican Chad Anderson defeated Andrew Carlson in a special House election in Bloomington Tuesday.

Howe and Lewis spar over abortion in Second District debate

Michael Brodkorb

John Howe and Jason Lewis sparred over abortion rights during a debate between the Republican candidates for Congress in Minnesota Second Congressional District.

Timeline of events after fatal police shooting in Ferguson

A year and a half after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city. Here is a timeline of key events that followed the Aug. 9. 2014 shooting of Michael Brown:

Judge denies request to dismiss count in Islamic State case

A federal judge presiding over the case of five men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group says he won't dismiss the most serious charge against them.

Trump, Sanders win big in N.H., riding voter frustration + Video

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies.

Dayton calls for 6 weeks paid parenting leave for state workers

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday pushed for six weeks of paid leave for all new parents employed by the state, saying the bonding between newborns and parents "is just crucial."

U.S., Japan postpone talks on Tokyo airport access

Delta, Minnesota leaders have said the plan could threaten MSP-Tokyo route.

The Latest: Man in Alaska shooting was lawmaker's nephew

The Latest on a police-involved death in a northern Alaska town (all times local):

Defense begins case in trial against polygamous towns

The mayor of a polygamous town in Utah says he has never discriminated based on religion.

ACLU issues critical report on Washington town's police

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington on Wednesday issued a critical report on the Pasco Police Department, contending officers lack critical training, services for Spanish speakers are inadequate and the community doesn't have any meaningful input into police practices.

Army pays woman $820,000 to settle sexual harassment case

Defense lawyers say the Army has agreed to pay $820,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former military police trainee who was fired after filing a sexual harassment complaint against her supervisor.

Next up for the GOP presidential candidates: South Carolina

The Republican presidential nominating has moved into the South, where seven states — Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas — will anchor the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1.

Religion news in brief

Franklin Graham urges S Carolina Christians to vote biblicallyCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Rev. Franklin Graham is urging Christians in South Carolina to pray before…

The Latest: Assassin of Robert Kennedy denied parole

The Latest on the parole hearing for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy (all times local):

Man waves gun behind TV reporter during live broadcast

Police say they're investigating after a man appeared to wave a handgun behind a television news reporter during a live broadcast in New York City.

New Hampshire: Proof Trump's bravado is his best asset

Donald Trump began his Republican presidential campaign by labeling Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. He's since profanely promised to bomb Islamic State fighters. He's endorsed using torture on foreign prisoners.

New Oklahoma prisons chief: Facilities crumbling, morale low

A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under increasing scrutiny after a series of problematic executions.