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The Latest: Clinton spokesman says Trump ‘won’t protect us’

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel’s Russia probe (all times local): 6 p.m. A spokesman for Hillary Clinton says the indictments in the special counsel’s Russia probe confirms “what we’ve long known.” Nick Merrill says on Twitter, “Time will tell us more, but Russia …

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Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

By ERIC TUCKERAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday in an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda, aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump and harming the prospects of his Democratic …

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Shooting suspect was on school rifle team that got NRA grant

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and COLLIN BINKLEYAssociated Press The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs …

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Parents adopting children to see higher fees, new rules

By DAVID CRARYAP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the already dwindling number of foreign adoptions. The …

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Magazine obtains ex-playmate’s notes on alleged Trump affair

By JAKE PEARSON and JEFF HORWITZAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife’s bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills …

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Sheriff didn’t pursue sex case against Texas church gunman

By NOMAAN MERCHANTAssociated Press HOUSTON (AP) – Sheriff’s deputies didn’t pursue a sexual assault investigation against the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack, according to records released Friday. The records also contradict the reason …

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Family, friends mourn lives lost in latest US massacre

By JAY REEVESAssociated Press Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young. The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, …

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Young shooting survivors stepped from school into gun debate

By KELLI KENNEDY and JASON DEARENAssociated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week’s shooting began speaking out about gun violence. It seemed as if the teens had stepped straight from the bullet-scarred school into the nation’s gun …

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EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

By ELLEN KNICKMEYERAssociated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, including 10 visits to Pruitt’s former home city of Tulsa, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization. Pruitt is one …

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Wynn gets no money in termination deal with casino company

By REGINA GARCIA CANOAssociated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A termination agreement released Friday between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company bearing his name leaves him without any severance or compensation and prohibits his involvement in any competing gambling business for two years. The Las Vegas billionaire resigned …

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