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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he thinks President Donald Trump believed his in-person denials of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Putin spoke Saturday after the Group of 20 summit, where he and Trump had their first face-to-face meeting. Putin says he thinks his answers satisfied Trump. But he added that Trump's opinion would be better sought from the U.S. president himself.

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling North Korea a 'problem and menace' as he wraps up his second trip abroad. Trump was diving into discussions on North Korea at an international summit in Germany, conferring with the leaders of Japan and China in an effort to curb the North's nuclear ambitions. The discussions come days after North Korea test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, raising the stakes for the U.S. and its Asian allies.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's Supreme Court says jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been transferred to house arrest. The court says in a statement that Lopez was granted the "humanitarian measure" for health reasons.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Medicaid cuts in the Republican health care bill are worrying those who rely on the program to help cover the costs of nursing home care. Nursing home subsidies account for a substantial portion of Medicaid spending. And that could balloon as the nation's 74 million baby boomers get older. Supporters of the GOP bill say that nursing home residents would continue to receive Medicaid assistance and that states would get more flexibility.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's week started with Beachgate — viral photos showing him lounging on a public beach closed by the state budget shutdown. Next week, Bridgegate will revisit. The term-limited Republican's name will be in the headlines again when his former aide is sentenced in the bridge scandal, and when the attorney who represented him gets a Senate hearing to be the next FBI director.

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