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Combat and cultural readiness key for new Army trainers

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press FORT BENNING, Georgia (AP) — Army Col. Scott Jackson reaches out and grasps the hand of a male soldier. Their fingers interlaced, Jackson talks to the soldier for a few minutes and then asks if he feels uncomfortable. The soldier's answer: "A little ...

Brazile stirs Democratic strife; party chief seeks unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Democratic National Committee says she considered initiating efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee with then-Vice President Joe Biden. Donna Brazile makes the revelation in a memoir being released Tuesday that has ...

Police: Sen. Paul suffers minor injury in assault at home

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, authorities said Saturday. Kentucky State Police said in a news release that Paul suffered a minor injury when 59-year-old Rene Boucher assaulted him at his Warren ...

Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats’ emails

By RAPHAEL SATTER, JEFF DONN and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign. The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who ...

Latest JFK files say no evidence found of CIA link to Oswald

By DEB RIECHMANN and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released government documents regarding John F. Kennedy's assassination say allegations that Lee Harvey Oswald was connected to the CIA were "totally unfounded." A 1975 CIA memo says a thorough search of ...

Congressional leaders call for sexual harassment training

By ERICA WERNER and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading lawmakers are calling for mandatory training and other steps to prevent sexual harassment in Congress as the national spotlight on gender hostility in the workplace falls on Capitol Hill. The calls from House ...

Local voting districts seen as crucial to election security

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Last November, election officials in a small Rhode Island town were immediately suspicious when results showed 99 percent of voters had turned down a noncontroversial measure about septic systems. It turned out that an oval on ...

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun ...

Child sex offenders to be named as such in US passports

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — America's registered child sex offenders will now have to use passports identifying them for their past crimes when traveling overseas. The State Department said Wednesday it would begin revoking passports of registered child sex ...

Feds: Truck attack suspect said ‘he felt good about’ rampage

By COLLEEN LONG and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The suspect in a deadly truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group's online videos and plotted his New York City attack for two months, renting a truck ahead of time to practice turning it, federal authorities ...