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Congress to include wiretap claim in Russia probe...Clapper denies surveillance of Trump...Bird flu breaks out in Tennessee

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.



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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The White House says Congress should expand its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election to include President Donald Trump's claim of wiretapping at Trump Tower. And lawmakers appear to be heeding that request. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs) says the wiretapping allegation will be part of his panel's investigation. The Senate Intelligence Committee is also likely to look into the matter, according to committee member Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says no wiretapping of Donald Trump or his campaign was carried out on his watch. On NBC's "Meet the Press," Clapper said he would have known about any such order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Clapper left the intelligence post when Trump took office Jan. 20.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Agriculture officials say a commercial chicken breeding facility in Tennessee has been hit by a strain of bird flu. The state Agriculture Department says tests confirmed the presence of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, at a facility in Lincoln County. The facility, which wasn't named, and about 30 other nearby poultry farms are under quarantine. Officials said HPAI poses no risk to the food supply, and no affected chickens entered the food chain.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine's largest city are considering offering panhandlers work to keep them off the streets. The Portland Press Herald reports that the city is working on a 36-week pilot program that would offer panhandlers an opportunity to work for $10.68 an hour cleaning up parks and other light labor jobs, and connect them with social services. Portland has a law against aggressive panhandling. It also tried to ban loitering on street medians, but that was deemed unconstitutional by courts.

NEW YORK (AP) — The "X-Men" spinoff "Logan" has shot to No. 1 with a huge $85.3 million debut. Last week's top film, Jordan Peele's horror sensation "Get Out," dropped to second place but still grossed $26.1 million. The Christian tale "The Shack" opened in third place with $16.1 million.

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