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Sessions agrees to recuse himself ... Trump calls Sessions criticism 'witch hunt' ... 2 more deaths in OR house fire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 2, 2017 at 11:52 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in America's 2016 presidential election. Sessions' announcement came Thursday following criticism that during his confirmation hearing he said nothing about speaking with the Russian ambassador to the United States on two occasions during the presidential campaign.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "a total witch hunt!" Some Democrats are calling for Sessions' resignation after he failed to mention during his confirmation hearing that he had twice spoken with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign. Trump is blaming the controversy on the Democrats, saying, "They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality."

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected an effort to block executions scheduled next month for eight death row inmates. The court says there's no stay in place preventing the men from being put to death. On Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson scheduled four double executions over a 10-day period in April.

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe says floods have killed 246 people and left nearly 2,000 homeless since December. The southern African country is asking international donors for $100 million to help those affected by the floods, which have washed away some bridges and roads and cut off some communities from surrounding areas.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A mother and another one of her children have died following a house fire in Oregon. Thirty-eight-year-old Tabitha Howell, her husband and 13-year-old son had initially survived the early Wednesday blaze, caused by a portable space heater. But Howell and the teen died Thursday afternoon. Also killed were Howell's three younger children and a foster child.

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