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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says he regrets some of his most heated campaign statements. At a rally tonight in North Carolina, Trump said --quote-- "sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it," he said, "particularly where it may have caused personal pain."

WASHINGTON (AP) — A firm run by Donald Trump's campaign chairman directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine's ruling political party. That's according to emails obtained by The Associated Press. Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. The men have said they weren't doing work that required them to register as foreign agents.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a $400 million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners. It is the first time the U.S. has so clearly linked the two events, which critics have painted as a hostage-ransom arrangement. State Department spokesman John Kirby says the negotiations to return the Iranian money were conducted separately from the talks to free four U.S. citizens.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Some evacuation orders have been lifted for residents living near a massive wildfire in Southern California. It's the first good news for residents since authorities put more than 34,000 homes and 82,000 people under evacuation warnings in the mountains and high desert 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

HONOLULU (AP) — A Texas couple is suing footwear maker Crocs and a Waikiki resort after their 2-year-old son's foot got caught in an escalator while the family visited Hawaii for an oral surgeon convention. The lawsuit claims the Crocs shoes were "negligently and improperly designed," while the Hilton resort was also negligent in maintaining the escalator's safety. The lawsuit says the escalator tore off an extensive section of skin from the toddler's left foot, requiring emergency surgery.

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