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Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation....

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson to lead State Dept.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State on Saturday, a decision that would bring a business leader with close ties to Russia into the Cabinet....

The Latest: Trump edges toward Tillerson for State
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest developments on Donald Trump's transition to the presidency (all times local):...

Trump cheered by fans at annual Army-Navy game
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Donald Trump was greeted with cheers on his arrival at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, basking in one of the nation's most storied football rivalries as he prepares to enter the White House....

As 114th Congress limped to a close, uncertainty is ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 114th Congress has limped to a close, two years of partisan acrimony punctuated by the occasional burst of bipartisan deal-making in the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency....

What the 114th Congress did and didn't do
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3....

Congress sends bill to Obama on civil rights-era killings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama's desk that would continue reviews of racially motivated killings in the civil rights era that are now cold cases....

Supreme Court weighs lawyers' actions in 2 death row cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seven years before Thomas Sims defended Sammie Stokes in a South Carolina death-penalty trial, he had prosecuted Stokes for assaulting his ex-wife....

Recounts bring Stein publicity that eluded her on the trail
Long before presidential recounts crossed her mind, trash dumping and mercury contamination pushed Jill Stein into politics....

Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa....