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March 28, 2017 - 2:03 am


Intelligence breakdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs), should step away from the investigation of Russian interference in the election and ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Rep. Adam Schiff says Nunes had a secret meeting with a source last week on the White House grounds.

The following day, Nunes told reporters he was shown 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 didn't share the information with other members.


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.


Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures that were part of former President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming.

It includes a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

The president's order will also lift a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.

The contents of the order were outlined to reporters by a senior White House official. Aides insisted the official speak without attribution, despite President Trump's criticism of the use of unnamed sources.

Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax," has repeatedly criticized the power-plant rule and others as an attack on American workers and the struggling U.S. coal industry.


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.


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) — Fire officials in Oakland, California, say a third body has been recovered from a burned out residential building.

The early Monday blaze happened at a facility that housed recovering drug addicts and the homeless.

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

The fire came nearly three months after an Oakland warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught fire.

Thirty-six people attending an unlicensed concert were killed.


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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