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Trump backs down under fire, 'clarifies' on Russia meddling

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump strained Tuesday to "clarify" his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Mueller seeks immunity for 5 witnesses in Manafort case

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Robert Mueller on February 16, 2011, as he testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. (James Berglie/Zuma Press/TNS)
The special counsel in the Russia investigation is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

St. Paul candidate forum canceled after jailed candidate says he'll stay in race

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The Wednesday evening forum would have included all three candidates for the Fourth Ward seat.
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With Trump endorsement, Roby tries to fend off GOP challenge

Having once turned her back on Donald Trump, a Republican congresswoman from Alabama is fighting for her political career in the heart of Trump country in a Tuesday runoff election that tests anew the influence of the president in the 2018 midterm season.
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APNewsBreak: Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
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Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers

Members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint.
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BCA identifies deputies in fatal shooting of Minnesota teen

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released the names of the Carver County sheriff's deputies involved in the fatal shooting of a Chanhassen teenager last week.
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Campaign Finance: Governor Pawlenty, Walz lead money race two months before primaries
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz enter the summer with a large cash advantage over their primary rivals.
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Trump blames 'double negative' for furor over Putin meeting

Blame it on that pesky double negative.
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US Army reverses course on discharging 1 immigrant recruit

The U.S. Army has reversed its decision to discharge an immigrant reservist who sued when he was booted from the military last month after enlisting…
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Suspect in Massachusetts officer slaying pleads not guilty

A man accused of killing a Massachusetts police officer with the officer's own weapon as well as an innocent bystander pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
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Arizona state Senate candidate killed his mother in 1963

A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago.
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US announces drug charges against Honduran congressman

Federal authorities in New York filed charges against a Honduran congressman accused of being a member of a violent drug trafficking organization responsible for shipping loads of cocaine into the United States.
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Feds set to rule by Thursday on special status for 250 Somalis

The decision could upend the lives of the Somali immigrants, with a majority of those affected in Minnesota.
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Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care.
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Trump administration seeks to stop 'climate kids' lawsuit

The Trump administration has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court in its effort to stop a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change.
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GAO: Less than half of school districts test water for lead

A survey of school districts around the country finds that less than half test their water for lead, and among those that do more than a third detected elevated levels of the toxin, according to a federal report released Tuesday.
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Cuomo outraises Nixon, but questions about donors linger

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easily outpacing Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in campaign contributions but can't shake questions about some donors.
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Oklahoma medical board lawyer charged with making threats

The top lawyer at the Oklahoma State Department of Health already at the center of a controversy over new marijuana rules was charged Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to herself.
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Analysis: Trump's 'America First' morphs into 'Me First'

Donald Trump's "America First" slogan morphed into "Me First" as the president unloaded on the U.S. intelligence community and Justice Department to portray himself as the victim of a conspiracy to deny him legitimacy. Trump also blamed American "foolishness and stupidity" for the poor state of U.S.-Russia relations, returning to themes he has repeated at political rallies around the United States.
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Walker says he got no gift from Russian charged as agent

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has not been contacted by law enforcement agencies about his encounter with a woman who has been charged with being a covert agent for Russia in the U.S., a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.
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New IRS policy allows some tax-exempt groups to veil donors

The Trump administration is lifting requirements that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their donors to federal tax authorities.
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The Latest: Federal appeals court won't stop Texas execution

The Latest on the Texas execution (all times local):
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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new international bridge

U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the economic benefits a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will bring.