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March 27, 2017 - 1:42 pm


House intel chairman met source on White House grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes' spokesman says the congressman met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance.

The meeting came a day before Nunes disclosed at a news conference that U.S. spy agencies may have inadvertently surveilled Trump and his associates in routine targeting of foreigners' communications.

Nunes has declined to name his source. His spokesman, Jack Langer, says Nunes went to the White House to be near "a secure location" where he could look at the information.

Langer says Nunes has been concerned that Trump associates had been captured in "incidental" U.S. surveillance of foreign targets even before Trump made his baseless claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him last year.


Jared Kushner to answer Senate questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

The White House says Jared Kushner has agreed to speak with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr's committee but has not yet received confirmation of a meeting. The White House noted that throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and transition Kushner served as the main point of contact with foreign governments and officials.

It was not immediately clear when or how the questioning would take place or whether Kushner would be under oath.

Lawmakers have been investigating possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials and whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election.


Trump convenes panel on empowering women in business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that empowering and promoting women in business are priorities in his administration.

In a round-table discussion, the president told a group of female business owners that his team will work on barriers women face. He says the administration is also trying to make childcare more affordable and accessible.

The gathering comes on the first work day since the Republican-led plan to repeal and replace the nation's health care law was pulled before a House vote, a major setback for the Trump administration.

The White House is trying to focus this week on another campaign priority: creating jobs and economic issues.


Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have forced a one-week delay for the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Judge Neil Gorsuch is still on track for confirmation, with solid backing from the Republican majority.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Monday announced the delay that was requested by Democrats.

Any member of the committee can move to delay panel business and it is frequent practice. The committee will now vote on Gorsuch's nomination April 3.

At least 15 Democrats and independents, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have announced their opposition to the Denver-based appeals court judge. They argue that Gorsuch has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations.


London attacker not linked to IS or al-Qaida

LONDON (AP) — A senior British counterterrorism officer says police have found "no evidence" Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was associated with the Islamic State group or al-Qaida.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says Masood clearly had "an interest in jihad," but police have no evidence he discussed his attack with others.

Basu says in a statement that the attack in which Masood used an SUV and knives to kill four people in London "appears to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low cost techniques copied from other attacks."

He says Masood was not a "subject of interest" for counterterror police or the intelligence services before last week's attack.


NEW: London attacker's mother 'saddened and numbed'

LONDON (AP) — The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood says she is "deeply shocked, saddened and numbed" by his murderous actions.

In a statement released through the police, Janet Ajao says that "since discovering that it was my son that was responsible, I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident."

Ajao says she wants to make it "absolutely clear" that she does not condone his actions or support the beliefs that led him to carry out the attack.

Masood was born in southern England in 1964 as Adrian Elms, and took the name Adrian Ajao after his stepfather, whom his mother married when he was a small child. Police say he changed his name to Khalid Masood in 2005.

Janet Ajao lives in rural Wales.


High court struggles over hospital pension dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is struggling over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers.

The justices on Monday considered the case of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding employee pension plans.

The hospitals — Advocate Health Care Network, Dignity Health and Saint Peter's Healthcare System — say their pensions are "church plans" exempt from the law. They want to overturn three lower court rulings against them.

Lawyers for employees say the hospitals are shirking legal safeguards that could jeopardize retirement benefits for tens of thousands of workers.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she believed the case could go either way. Justice Anthony Kennedy said the hospitals seemed to rely in good faith on guidance from federal agencies.


US stocks dip in midday trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks dipped in midday trading as traders worried that the Trump White House may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought.

The defeat of the Republican-backed health care reform bill on Friday raised concerns that business-friendly policies like tax cuts and looser regulations may have a tougher time getting passed.

Banks and small-company stocks, which have outperformed the rest of the market since the election, went into reverse. Goldman Sachs gave up 1.6 percent Monday.

Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.


Prosecutors fight Cosby bid to question 2K potential jurors

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case in Pennsylvania are fighting defense efforts to question 2,000 potential jurors.

They also want the jury selected weeks before the scheduled June 5 trial so jurors can prepare to be sequestered.

The trial is being held near Philadelphia. But jurors are being chosen from the Pittsburgh area, nearly 300 miles away, because of worldwide publicity about the case.

The defense bid to start jury selection June 5, if successful, could delay testimony for weeks.

The battle over jury selection Monday is the latest legal maneuvering in the case.

The judge must still decide how much the jury will hear from Cosby's deposition about his long history of extramarital affairs.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004.

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