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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Even for President Donald Trump, his Saturday morning series of tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his Trump Tower phones during the campaign stand out for the gravity of the charge and the strikingly personal nature of the attack. Obama's spokesman calls the allegations simply false. One Republican senator has publicly asked Trump to explain the accusations for which no proof has been offered.

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi commander says the fighting is getting brutal as troops move toward the local government complex in Mosul's Islamic State-held western side. Maj. Gen. Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division says clashes are the "heaviest" since the start of the new push. He says IS militants dispatched at least six suicide car bombs, but none reached the troops.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police say a security guard at a northern Virginia mall has died after being stabbed by a suspected shoplifter who fled the scene. Prince William County police say the suspect was seen shoplifting at the Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, Virginia, yesterday afternoon and two loss-prevention employees confronted him. One was stabbed during a struggle. Police say they know who they're looking for.

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy who was found drowned in the Los Angeles River after a storm has been remembered. About 1,000 people turned out yesterday for the funeral of Elias Rodriguez. The teenager vanished on Feb. 17, leaving a phone message for his mother saying he was walking home from school. His body was found on a tree-covered island in the river.

WASHINGTON (AP) —The $200 million, $500 and up per night Trump International Hotel in view of the White House is becoming the place to see, be seen, drink, network and even live for the Trump set. At least three Trump administration officials are calling it home. Set inside the federally owned Old Post Office building, it's a rich environment for anyone hoping to rub elbows with Trump-related politicos despite a veil of ethics questions hanging overhead.

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