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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats are expressing outrage that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election. Rep. John Conyers says the White House is not permitted to "pressure the FBI to make public statements about a pending investigation." The New York Times reported that U.S. agencies had intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Trump's 2016 campaign team.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police in Malaysia say the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half-brother. The substance, deadly even in minute amounts, was detected on Kim's eyes and face. The announcement raised serious questions about public safety in Kuala Lumpur's airport, which authorities say went 11 days without decontaminating. Malaysia has three people in custody in connection with the death, including the two suspected attackers. Authorities are also seeking several other people.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and two top presidential aides have told a conservative conference in suburban Washington that they have a rare chance to push their agenda. Pence told the Conservative Political Action Conference that one achievement would be the repeal and replacement of the sweeping health care law approved under President Barack Obama. But speaking at a health care conference in Florida, former House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) predicted that the framework of "Obamacare" is here to stay, partly because "Republicans never agree on health care."

UNDATED (AP) — The same storm system that battered parts of California with powerful winds and intense rain is expected to generate severe weather in the Midwest. Forecasters warn that severe storms will develop Friday from Detroit to Nashville, Tennessee. The Storm Prediction Center says tornadoes are a possibility. Some 50 million people could be impacted.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say two police officers were wounded and a suspect killed in a shooting in Washington, D.C. It happened late Thursday night. Both officers sustained injuries that appeared to be non-life-threatening. A police spokesman earlier said the officers were conscious and breathing while be taken to a hospital. The spokesman says a male suspect was pronounced dead on the way to a hospital. He also says a weapon was recovered at the scene.

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