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US open to direct talks with Taliban, officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say the U.S. is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war. That marks a tactical shift by the…

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Court: Indefinite drug tests are not a condition for welfare

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals has found that people with prior drug convictions can't be required to undergo random drug testing indefinitely as a condition of receiving state welfare benefits. Monday's ruling comes in the case of…

Russian hackers used US online infrastructure against itself

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prosecutors say Russian hackers accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election exploited some of the United States' own computer infrastructure against it. They are accused of using at least two U.S.-based servers they leased in Arizona…

Trump tweets US, Russia 'must get along' after summit backlash

HELSINKI (AP) - Facing withering bipartisan criticism over his refusal to publicly acknowledge Russian election meddling during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump says the two superpowers "must get along." In a Monday tweet sent as he…

US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. intelligence official says assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election have been "clear" and describes the Kremlin's efforts to undermine the United States' democracy as "ongoing" and "pervasive." The statement from Dan Coats,…

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