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WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokeswoman is assailing reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions twice talked to Russia's U.S. ambassador during last year's presidential campaign. Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls the reports "the latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats." Sanders says that Sessions met with the ambassador "in an official capacity" as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is expected to discuss efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act when he visits Ohio today. The former governor of neighboring Indiana is scheduled to visit Frame USA, which sells American-made picture frames. Ohio is among the states under the health care overhaul that have expanded Medicaid.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Reports out of Turkey say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 has hit a town in the southeastern part of the country, causing a number of injuries. Officials say the earthquake was centered in the town of Samat, and was followed by four more temblors, the strongest measuring 4.4.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's left-leaning government is reintroducing a military draft for both men and women because of what its defense minister calls a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden. The country did away with the draft seven years ago, and at that point only men were eligible.

LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is back on the market with an asking price of $67 million.The 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California, has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. Last year, the listed price was $100 million. Before he died in 2009, Jackson sold the ranch for $22.5 million.

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