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March 27, 2017 - 10:54 pm


Dem calls on House intel chair to recuse himself

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says Chairman Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs) should recuse himself from heading the lawmakers' investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Nunes should step away from the investigation because of a secret meeting he had with a source last week on the White House grounds.

Nunes said his source — whom he has yet to name — showed him intelligence reports in which the names of Trump associates had been shared among agencies after their communications were scooped up in U.S. surveillance of foreign officials.

Schiff says Nunes remains the only member of the House intelligence committee that has seen this information.


Senate intel panel confirms Kushner's offer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top members of the Senate intelligence committee say that President Donald Trump's son-in-law has voluntarily agreed to be interviewed as part of their ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.

Sens. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a joint statement that they are committed to follow the facts wherever the investigation leads them.

The White House confirmed that Kushner had volunteered to answer questions about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

The senators said the timing of Kushner's testimony has not yet been determined.


Russian state bank says it met with Kushner

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian state bank says it has met with President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as part of a series of meetings on future strategies.

Vnesheconombank (v-NESH'-ay-CON'-ohm-bank) or VEB said in Monday's statement carried by state RIA Novosti news agency that it met with Kushner last year as part of 'road show' discussions with representatives of leading financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States. It said the meetings focused on global development banks' strategies and perspective sectors.

Kushner has agreed to speak to the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The White House said Kushner was "doing his job" by reaching out to foreign officials.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary cities must end

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is continuing its tough talk against "sanctuary cities," which shelter people living in the country illegally by refusing to help the federal government enforce immigration laws.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he is "urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws."

He says the Justice Department will require compliance with immigration laws in order for the cities to receive grants through the Office of Justice Programs. The Obama administration had a similar policy in place.

President Trump had said during the campaign that he would "defund" sanctuary cities by taking away their federal funding.

But legal precedent suggests that would have been difficult to do.

Sanctuary cities include New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as many smaller municipalities.


Christie to join White House opioid effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to join a White House effort to combat opioid abuse.

A White House official said Monday that the Republican governor will work on an opioid task force that will be announced later this week. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in advance.

Christie said on his regular radio call-in show Monday that he wouldn't "jump" any announcement from the president.

The governor has dedicated his final year in office to curbing heroin and prescription drug addiction in his state. Last month, he signed legislation into law which includes a five-day limit for first-time opioid prescriptions and a requirement that insurance cover six months of substance abuse treatment.

Christie met with Trump on the issue in February.


White racist charged with murder as terrorism

NEW YORK (AP) — A white racist accused of the fatal stabbing of a black man on a Manhattan street has been indicted on a charge of murder as an act of terrorism.

James Harris Jackson appeared briefly in court Monday, and did not speak. Prosecutors had previously also charged him with murder as a hate crime. Jackson's attorney had no comment.

Jackson is accused of killing Timothy Caughman, a 66-year-old stranger to him. Caughman was attacked from behind last week as he was collecting bottles for recycling.

An arraignment on the indictment has been set for April 13.

Jackson has said his mission was to deter interracial relationships.


Police say slain officer wanted to be canine cop

TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) — Police in Oklahoma say a 22-year-old officer who died Monday after a shootout during a traffic stop aspired to be a canine officer.

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney tells The Oklahoman that officer Justin Terney had recently gotten a puppy. Kidney says Terney grew up in the eastern Oklahoma town of Canadian and was a volunteer firefighter.

Kidney says Terney exchanged gunfire with a man who ran away during a traffic stop Sunday night. That man was wounded and remains in a hospital, and authorities are working to identify him.

Kidney says police believe he may have fled because he had an outstanding warrant.


Maryland lawmakers vote to ban drilling known as fracking

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, a process better known as fracking.

The Senate voted 35-10 Monday night for the measure that already has been approved by the House. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan, who supports the ban.

Fracking opponents cite health and environmental concerns. Supporters say fracking could create jobs. A 2014 Towson University study found it could create 3,600 jobs over 10 years.

Fracking isn't being done in Maryland now, but a moratorium on issuing permits ends in October.

A portion of the western side of the state sits atop the Marcellus Shale, which runs underground from New York to Tennessee. Neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania allow fracking, while New York and Vermont have banned it.


At least 3 killed in Oakland building fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a blaze that tore through a residential building in Northern California that housed recovering drug addicts and former homeless people killed at least three residents.

The third person's body was found Monday. The Alameda County coroner said Monday evening that a fourth person remains missing.

The office also identified one of the victims as 64-year-old Edwarn Anderson, of Oakland.

Two adults and two children were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and officials say they are expected to be released later Monday.

Residents reported deplorable living conditions, including nearly unpassable hallways filled with trash, tattered furniture and other debris.

The fire broke out nearly three months after a warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught fire and killed 36 people attending an unlicensed concert about five miles (eight kilometers) away.


Cruise line stops port calls at Mexican resort of Acapulco

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. cruise ship line Holland America says it has halted port calls at Mexico's troubled resort city of Acapulco and will sail to other destinations in the country "due to recent security concerns."

The news comes as Acapulco hosts an annual tourism fair that officials hope will spark a rebound at the once-glamorous resort.

The Seattle-based Holland America says in a statement Monday that eight cruises which once stopped in Acapulco will instead go to other Mexican destinations in 2017 and 2018.

Acapulco and areas inland in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero have been plagued by high levels of crime and drug gang killings.

A few other cruise lines continue to make port calls in Acapulco, but the business began to fall off steeply around 2010.

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