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Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers heading the Senate intelligence committee focused squarely on Russia as they opened a hearing Thursday on attempts at undermining the 2016 U.S. presidential election....

The Latest: Senator tells intel panel to 'follow the money'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Senate intelligence committee's hearing on Russian interference in last year's presidential election (all times local):...

Distraction cited as pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year - the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday....

Casino mogul Phil Ruffin among Trump's closest friends
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has never been to the White House. On Thursday, he'll have dinner there with his friend, Donald Trump....

The Latest: Speaker shares Trump criticism of Freedom Caucus
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on efforts to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local):...

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday....

Trump allies say they're active but were MIA on health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Outside groups are promising to spend millions of dollars boosting President Donald Trump's agenda. But this political cavalry was noticeably absent during his first legislative agenda item, repealing and replacing the nation's health care law....

Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans needed Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie on legislation to reverse an Obama-era rule protecting funds for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers....

Pelosi backs Trump administration on debt ceiling increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says she supports the Trump administration's request to increase the government's borrowing limit....

Acosta, Trump's choice for Labor, advances to full Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Florida law school dean Alexander Acosta has moved a step closer to becoming President Donald Trump's secretary of labor....

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