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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is responding to allegations that he talked Russia during the presidential campaign. There are revelations that Sessions talked twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States. But during his confirmation hearing, Sessions said he had had no communications with the Russians. Sessions issued a statement last night saying, "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false."

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California says it's "debatable" whether the government has enough evidence to convict a woman of helping her husband plan the Orlando nightclub rampage. The judge yesterday ordered the release of 31-year-old Noor Salman while she awaits trial, but prosecutors have two days to appeal the decision. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in June.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A North Korean man is being released from custody because of lack of evidence connecting him to the fatal nerve agent attack on Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler. Kim was dead within an hour after security video at Kuala Lumpur's airport shows two women smearing something on his face as he waited for a flight. Two women suspected of being the attackers are in custody.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been six weeks since former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was nominated as the next agriculture secretary, but the Trump administration still hasn't formally provided the Senate Agriculture Committee with the paperwork for the nomination. The information is needed before a confirmation hearing can be scheduled. The only other nomination that hasn't been sent to Capitol Hill is that of Alexander Acosta, who was nominated to be labor secretary Feb. 16, after the withdrawal of the original nominee, Andrew Puzder.

NEW DELHI (AP) — There are more headaches for Coke and Pepsi in southern India. A local court has just lifted restrictions on how much water local Coke and Pepsi factories can use in the drought-prone region. But now, traders have pulled the soft drinks off their store shelves in protest of a separate issue. They're angered over efforts by the animal rights group PETA's efforts to ban the local bull-taming sport of Jallikattu (jah-lee-KAH'-tuh). Traders say they targeted the iconic American soft drinks because PETA is also American.

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