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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A former White House spokesman during the Obama administration says to stay tuned regarding ties between Russia and aides to President Donald Trump. Josh Earnest, speaking to The Associated Press in Dubai, says "there's a lot of really good unanswered questions about why senior Trump officials are, at best, not being forthcoming about their interactions with Russians."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top lawmakers on the House intelligence committee are asking that the Trump administration submit evidence by tomorrow about allegations of phone tapping at Trump Tower in New York during the campaign. That word comes from a senior congressional aide who wasn't authorized to discuss the request by name and requested anonymity. President Donald Trump has, so far, offered no evidence to back his charge.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is asking for Republican unanimity when it comes time to vote on the White House-backed health care overhaul that includes repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He spoke about it yesterday during a brief visit to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator are among the plan's skeptics. Pence's trip was part of an effort to reassure conservatives who have raised objections to the House plan.

NEW YORK (AP) — Forecasters say significant snow could be a factor this week in areas from the Mid-Atlantic states all the way into New England. Forecasters at the National Weather Service say there's a blizzard watch for coastal regions including New York City and Boston for Monday night into Tuesday. There also is a winter storm watch for a larger area that includes much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England.

NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. attorney says "absolute independence" was his touchstone for over seven years as Manhattan's top prosecutor. Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) made the comment yesterday, two hours after he was fired by the Justice Department after refusing to resign a day earlier. Bharara became U.S. attorney midway through 2009 after his appointment by former President Barack Obama.

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