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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending his U.S. attorney general, saying the Democrats are just on a "witch hunt." Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed Thursday to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The announcement followed revelations that Sessions failed to mention during his confirmation hearing that during the presidential campaign season he twice spoke with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public records obtained by the Indianapolis Star say that when Vice President Mike Pence was Indiana's governor, he used a private email account to conduct public business. The newspaper reports that Pence communicated with advisers through his personal AOL account on homeland security matters and security at the governor's residence. Pence frequently criticized rival Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as President Barack Obama's secretary of state.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers who are worried about a nationwide crackdown on legal marijuana under President Donald Trump's administration are rushing to protect the personal information of pot customers in case federal agents try to seize it. The committee that crafts Oregon's pot policies is proposing legislation that requires marijuana businesses to destroy customers' personal information within 48 hours. The measure is scheduled for its first hearing Tuesday.

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — Prison officials in Nebraska are offering few details about the deaths of two inmates during a revolt against staff members at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. Other inmates were injured and a fire was set to a courtyard Thursday. Prison officials say the facility was placed on lockdown for several hours after inmates refused to return to their cells. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says the incident was isolated to half of the housing unit and a small fenced-in yard.

FORT LORAMIE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who each summer turned his family campground into one of the largest outdoor concerts in the country has died. Mike Barhorst and his wife started the Country Concert in the Hills in 1981 and it has since grown into a three-day festival that draws the biggest names in country music. Family members say Barhorst died Wednesday at his home in Fort Loramie (lohr-uh-MEE'). He was 77.

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