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Russia dismisses Senate Dems' report as unfounded

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed a new report by Senate Democrats describing Russian interference in the U.S. and throughout Europe as unfounded, while some European politicians said they are mindful of Moscow's meddling.

Team to review Obama-era Hezbollah probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is forming a team of prosecutors to investigate drug trafficking and money laundering linked to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant movement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday. The move follows reports that Obama administration officials thwarted drug prosecutions related to Hezbollah for fear of jeopardizing a nuclear deal with Iran.

Search continues for mudslide victims; death toll at 17

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight others were missing.

Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

Ohio imposes strict rule on workers' back surgery, opioids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the overprescribing of opioids but isn't sitting well with everyone.

'Fire and Fury' sales top 29,000 in first weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" was the top-selling book last week, NPD BookScan told The Associated Press. And its numbers are likely to grow far higher.

"Fire and Fury" sold 29,000 copies, BookScan announced Wednesday. But Wolff's explosive tell-all about the Trump administration only came out last Friday and BookScan's weekly sales run through Saturday.

Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars.

Cold snap exposes cracks in upkeep of timeworn schools

BALTIMORE (AP) — The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts, including Baltimore, where the failure of heating systems closed dozens of institutions after children were left shivering in frigid classrooms.

Trump lashes out at court over immigration ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the federal court that temporarily blocked his administration from ending a program protecting nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. His twitter attack came as lawmakers planned talks on extending those protections.

Dem report warns of Russian meddling across Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report by Senate Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin's systematic meddling.