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Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Saturday in Fredericksburg, Virginia. (Associated Press)

Trump derided as Russia's 'puppet' as campaign targets Clinton 'pay-to-play'

Donald Trump campaign officials continued to press attacks on the Clinton Foundation as an example of Hillary Clinton's corruption even as top aides to the Democratic nominee brought up Mr. Trump's ties to foreign players by demanding he prove he is not "just a puppet" for Russian interests. Published August 21, 2016

In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitoes collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. The quest for a vaccine began less than a year ago as Brazils massive outbreak revealed that Zika, once dismissed as a nuisance virus, can harm a fetus' brain if a woman is infected during pregnancy.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Florida confirms Zika transmission in Miami Beach

Five people contracted Zika virus through mosquito bite in Miami Beach, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to wrap the popular the tourist hub into its unprecedented travel warning for pregnant women. Published August 19, 2016

Aetna accused of using Obamacare customers as bargaining chip for Humana merger

Aetna warned the Justice Department that it would start to bail on Obamacare if the administration blocked its proposed merger with another insurer, Humana, and then followed through on its threat, prompting President Obama's allies to accuse the company of using its customers as a bargaining chip. Published August 17, 2016

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, a group of tourists from Hong Kong tour the Wynwood area of Miami. The CDC has issued a new advisory that says pregnant women should not travel to the so-called Zika "transmission area" in Florida and pregnant women who live there should take steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Texas officials report travel-related Zika case -- from Miami

A Texan who recently traveled to a part of Miami with local Zika transmission has tested positive for the virus, marking the first instance in which a traveler likely picked up the mosquito-borne virus in another U.S. state. Published August 15, 2016

Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Planned Parenthood targets Pat Toomey with $1.3 million ad buy

Planned Parenthood's campaign arm targeted incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on Monday with a $1.3 million ad buy in Pennsylvania that says his anti-abortion stance is "dangerous for women" and doctors who provide the service. Published August 15, 2016

President Obama speaks during a briefing on the ongoing response to the Zika virus with members of his public health team in the Oval Office of the White House on July 1, 2016. Joining Obama are Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell (left) and Dr. Tom Frieden (center), director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama admin cuts AIDS, drug rehab funding for Zika fight

The Obama administration is siphoning millions from AIDS programs, home-heating aid for poor Americans and drug-abuse treatment to keep the fight against the Zika virus moving amid a Capitol Hill standoff over more money to fight the global health scare. Published August 12, 2016

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. **File (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

NIH to siphon critical medical research funds for Zika fight

The Obama administration said Thursday it will begin siphoning money from critical medical research accounts to prop up the fight against Zika, as Republicans and Democrats continued to accuse each other of posturing in the face of a global health scare that's reached the U.S. mainland. Published August 11, 2016