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NEW YORK (AP) — Supporters of President Donald Trump are planning rallies around the country today, in what they're calling the "March 4 Trump." They're gathering at Trump Tower in New York, the Washington Monument and elsewhere. Organizers say their aim is to show unity in the face of what they see as efforts to sabotage Trump's vision for the country.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing former President Barack Obama of having telephone lines in Trump Tower wiretapped during the election campaign. In a series of tweets early today, Trump describes it as "McCarthyism!" It's not clear what prompted Trump's new charge. The president often tweets about reports he reads on blogs and conservative-leaning websites.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a New York man traveled to the Middle East to try to join Islamic extremist groups and told authorities he'd been prepared to sacrifice himself for jihad. The 26-year-old U.S. citizen (Elvis Redzepagic) is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say he communicated with someone he thought was an extremist fighter in Syria, then traveled to Turkey in July 2015 and repeatedly tried to cross the border. Prosecutors say he then traveled to Jordan last August. He's due in federal court in Brooklyn today.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police departments across the country are amassing DNA databases as a tool to fight crime, using their own rules. Local agencies aren't bound by regulations that govern state and national databases, which restrict who can provide genetic samples and how long that information is held. Police chiefs say having their own collections helps them solve cases faster. But critics are raising concerns about samples being collected from children or from people who haven't been arrested for a crime.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The sound of howling dogs is filling downtown Anchorage, Alaska, for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod (eye-DIT'-uh-rahd) Trail Sled Dog Race. About 2,000 dogs belonging to the teams of 72 mushers are waiting their turns to hit the trail for this year's running of the world's most famous sled dog race. The ceremonial start is a fan-friendly event. The race turns more serious on Monday when the competitive portion starts in Fairbanks. The winner is expected in Nome about eight days later.

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