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The Latest: Charges don't say election outcome was altered

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel's Russia probe (all times local):
  
1:50 p.m.
  
The deputy attorney general says a new indictment does not allege that Russian meddling altered the outcome of presidential election.
  
Federal prosecutors have announced charges against 13 Russians and three Russian entities with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
  
The indictment was brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. It alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
  
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says the indictment does not include allegations that the plot swayed the outcome of the vote.
  
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1:40 p.m.
  
Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein says the goal of 13 Russians and three Russian entities charged Friday was "spreading distrust" of 2016 candidates and the political system.
  
The indictment details an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
  
The indictment was brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. It alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
  
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1:21 p.m.
  
Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were charged Friday with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
  
The indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
  
The charges are the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling in the election.
  
The goal, the indictment says, was to "sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election."
  
The charges arise from Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election and whether there was improper coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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