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Dicamba ban exemptions challenged

LITTLE ROCK -- Efforts to exempt some farmers from Arkansas' ban of an herbicide blamed for widespread damage were challenged in state court Friday, days before the prohibition was set to take effect.

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System brings blizzards, tornado threat

MINNEAPOLIS -- A potent, slow-moving spring storm system that's expected to persist through the weekend began raking the Plains and Midwest on Friday, bringing blizzard conditions to South Dakota and the threat of tornadoes from Texas and Louisiana north all the way to Iowa.

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Acquittal of Greitens wouldn't guarantee political survival

ST. LOUIS -- Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says his upcoming criminal trial will prove his innocence of an invasion of privacy charge stemming from an extramarital affair and allow him to move past the scandal. Experts say that's far from certain, especially after new and even more troubling allegations emerged this week.

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Zuckerberg testimony reveals lawmaker confusion on Facebook

WASHINGTON -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that regulation of social media companies is "inevitable" and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two days of congressional testimony, what seemed clear was how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it.

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Zuckerberg discloses Facebook working with Russia probe

WASHINGTON -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed Tuesday his company is "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign -- and working hard to change its own operations after the harvesting of users' private information by a Trump campaign-affiliated data-mining company.

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Trump believes he can fire Mueller, White House says

WASHINGTON -- The federal agents who raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were looking for records about payments to a former Playboy playmate and to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who both claim to have had affairs with Trump.

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Dems: No evidence of credible threats against EPA's Pruitt

WASHINGTON -- Confidential security assessments in the Environmental Protection Agency show no evidence of specific, credible, physical threats against Administrator Scott Pruitt, despite claims that an "unprecedented" number of death threats justify his outsized security spending, according to a review by Senate Democrats.

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Zuckerberg prepares another apology _ this time to Congress

WASHINGTON -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already apologized to users for not doing enough to protect their privacy. Now he plans to apologize to Congress, saying in prepared testimony that Facebook hasn't done enough to prevent its tools from being used for harm.

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