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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, is facing questions about his conservative credentials. They come amid a deep conflict with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over the direction of U.S. foreign policy. The two men have clashed loudly and repeatedly over Afghanistan strategy in recent days as Trump rejects new U.S. war plans. But they're fighting over other matters, too, including White House personnel.

NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers using the name "Mr. Smith" posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded that HBO pay a ransom of several million dollars to prevent further such releases. The data dump included what appear to be scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one upcoming episode, and a month's worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming

LONDON (AP) — The lawyer for British model Chloe Ayling says police are holding a suspect in her kidnapping. The 20-year-old says she was lured to Italy with the promise of a photo shoot, then drugged and kidnapped by a man who advertised her as a sex slave on the criminal "dark web." Ayling says her captor released her at the British consulate in Milan. Her lawyer acknowledges that aspects of the case seem bizarre.

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials have been urging President Donald Trump to refocus on immigration and other issues that resonate with the conservatives, evangelicals and working-class whites who propelled him to the Oval Office. The president has also ramped up his media-bashing on Twitter, long a successful tactic, and staged rallies hoping to marshal his base to his defense. The effort underscores Trump's shaky political positioning not yet seven months into his presidency.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federally funded nonprofit says an Iowa school for juvenile boys held under court order is violating their constitutional rights by not providing essential mental health care and instead relying on restraints and seclusion rooms. In a report released Monday, Disability Rights Iowa threatened legal action unless the state makes significant changes at the Boys State Training School in Eldora. State officials say other assessments have lauded the school.

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