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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska is calling on President Donald Trump to explain himself following the Saturday morning Twitter allegations that his phones were tapped on orders of former President Barack Obama during last year's campaign. The tweets provided no evidence, just the allegation. Sasse saysTrump should explain himself, "ideally to the full public, and at a bare minimum to the U.S. Senate."

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Associated Press is the target of criticism from Vice President Mike Pence over the listing of his wife's email address in a story about his frequent resistance to public records requests while Indiana's governor. Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement: "AP removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account. The AP stands by its story."

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is investigating a report of possible vandalism at a predominantly Jewish cemetery. An NYPD spokesman says the department's hate crimes division has been notified of headstones found toppled over at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn. There has been a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and 122 bomb threats called in to Jewish organizations in three dozen states since early January.

JOLO, Philippines (AP) — The remains of a German hostage who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines have been found. Regional military commander Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. says marines dug up the head and body of Juergen Gustav Kantner late Saturday in a mountainous region where the militants are holding several foreign and local hostages. The German was killed after a ransom deadline lapsed.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in Woodbridge, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., are searching for a shoplifting suspect after a mall guard was stabbed and later died. Prince William County Police say the suspect, 35-year-old Jamel Carlos Kingsbury, fled after the incident. Police say he was seen shoplifting inside a Burlington Coat Factory at the Potomac Mills mall and two loss-prevention employees confronted him. The other employee wasn't hurt.

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