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WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis is softening his dismissal of Bernie Sanders' work in the 1960s on behalf of racial equality.

Lewis — who's endorsed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the Democratic presidential race — said this on Thursday about Sanders' role in the movement: "I never saw him. I never met him."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is getting an assist from a Republican super PAC founded by a top strategist to former President George W. Bush.

American Crossroads is spending about $40,000 on an online advertisement that likens Sanders opponent Hillary Clinton to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump when it comes to immigration policy. The ad is a mashup of brief and selectively edited Clinton and Trump comments, combined in a way to make it seem the two agree on immigration policy — including Trump's call to build a massive wall along the border with Mexico.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of lying by claiming his campaign did not fundraise from lobbyists or special interests. Palin, who endorsed Donald Trump, posted on her Facebook a link to a conservative blog that has what looks to be a screenshot of a Cruz campaign email.

"I will never get -- nor do I want -- money from D.C. lobbyists or the special interest billionaires," the Cruz email says, according to the blog's screenshot. The conservative blog compares the email to a list of Cruz's top donors, culled from Open Secrets, that includes various conservative political groups, investment banks, hedge funds and D.C law firms.

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HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to fly to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.-Cuba trade since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced in late 2014 that they would begin normalizing ties after a half-century of Cold War opposition.

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she's trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans' hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's soon-to-be-vacant seat.

The tea party darling won the Republican nomination in a divisive three-way primary in 2010, then lost to Reid in the general election, 50 percent to 45 percent.

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A lawsuit was filed Friday afternoon challenging the surprise move by the head of a federal elections agency to require proof of citizenship to register to vote in three states. The suit alleges that Brian Newby -- the executive director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) who unilaterally approved the change to the federal form -- acted outside of his authority and departed from several commission protocols in making the change.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the League of Women Voters, Project Vote, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP and others. It is asking for preliminary injunction that voids the recently-added proof-of-citizenship requirement on the federal registration forms for Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.

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