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Sanders speaks to Sharpton group...Cruz backs NC legislature...Americans would rather pay less

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has been making an impassioned case to a New York gathering of black leaders that he's the Democrat who can best address the nation's problems and defeat Donald Trump. His speech to a conference led by the Rev. Al Sharpton came hours before a Democratic presidential debate with Hillary Clinton. Sanders says he respects Clinton and calls her "an extremely intelligent woman with a wonderful resume and a whole lot of experience." As for their recent war of words, he says, "In a campaign things get heated up."

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ted Cruz says he supports the ability of North Carolina lawmakers to pass a law restricting bathroom access for gay and transgender people. The Republican candidate said during a taping of an MSNBC town hall in Buffalo, New York, that "men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls." North Carolina has faced a national backlash from gay rights groups, entertainers and business leaders.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would you rather pay less for a product made overseas than buy one made in America? The vast majority of Americans in a new survey say they would. The poll by the Associated Press and GfK comes as presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders vow to bring back millions of jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors. The poll reflects the challenges confronting the economy -- with incomes barely improving, many households are forced to look for the most convenient bargains instead of goods made in America.

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Anne Jackson, who often appeared onstage with husband Eli Wallach in comedies and classics, has died at the age of 90. Her son says she died this week at her Manhattan home. She and Wallach starred in a series of plays, and were cast as a married couple as recently as 2003 on the NBC medical drama "ER."

LONDON (AP) — A British court is refusing to let a woman name her baby daughter Cyanide. She says it's a "lovely, pretty name" -- and that it has positive associations, because the poison by that name helped kill Adolf Hitler. A family court judge ruled against her in September, saying she was not acting in the interest of her children's welfare. And now an appeals court agrees -- with one judge calling it "one of those rare cases" where the courts should step in. The woman has a history of drug abuse and mental health problems, and her children have been placed in foster care.

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