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Ex-FBI chief given sweeping power to lead Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, an acknowledgment of growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an outside investigator with bipartisan respect.

Jury acquits Tulsa officer in shooting of unarmed man

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who says she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head.

Vaccine may cut HPV infections in men

The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds.These cancers are rising fast, especially in men, and research suggests that HPV, the human papillomavirus, is spreading through oral sex.

Fallout over Comey memo, Trump's intel disclosure persists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump faced fallout Wednesday over revelations that he personally appealed to now-fired FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, allegations based on notes Comey wrote after the meeting.

Israel lauds U.S. security ties following Trump disclosures

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials on Wednesday sought to downplay any damage caused by President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials that was provided by Israel, and lauded the robust security cooperation with the United States just days before the president is due to arrive for a state visit.

The latest: Oklahoma governor to tour tornado damage

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — The latest on the deadly storms in the central U.S. (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Gov. Mary Fallin plans to tour the damage to a western Oklahoma community that was struck by a tornado that killed a man.

Fallin's office says the governor will arrive in Elk City about noon Wednesday to meet with emergency responders and tour the damaged area.

Puerto Rico militant freed after 36 years

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera was freed from house arrest Wednesday after decades in custody in a case that transformed him into a martyr for supporters but outraged those who lost loved ones in a string of bombings.

Newly freed Chelsea Manning: 'I'm figuring things out'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for giving classified materials to WikiLeaks, said Wednesday that she's excited about what lies ahead, just hours after she walked free after serving seven years behind bars.

Ryan backs Trump, cautions against 'rush to judgment'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan declared Wednesday that he retains confidence in President Donald Trump and cautioned against "rushing to judgment" over the cascading revelations coming out of the White House.

New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday as onlookers watched from lawn chairs, while defiant monument supporters waved Confederate battle flags and monument opponents celebrated.