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Hearing on travel ban underway ...Trump stands by "wiretap" claim... DNI confirmed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 3:50 p.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — A hearing on President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is underway in federal court in Seattle. The session began with Judge James Robart questioning a lawyer for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about two seemingly conflicting federal laws on immigration. One gives the president the authority to keep any class of aliens out of the U.S. The other forbids discriminating on the basis of nationality when it comes to issuing visas.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says "wiretap covers a lot of different things" and is standing by his tweet that the Obama administration wiretapped him last year. Speaking on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Trump also says he expects "some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next 2 weeks." The full interview will be aired tonight.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's choice for national intelligence director. Senators voted 85-12 today to approve the nomination of former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, making him the fifth person to hold the post created after the Sept. 11 attacks. Coats replaces James Clapper, who retired at the end of the Obama administration.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been convicted of obstructing an FBI corruption investigation into his jails and lying to federal authorities. A jury reached the verdicts today on charges that Baca conspired with underlings to hinder a probe into jail guards taking bribes and beating inmates and lied about his role in the conspiracy. He could face 20 years in prison.

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a decision is months away on seeking the death penalty for the suspect in a Florida airport shooting rampage. Esteban Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, is accused in the Jan. 6 shooting that killed five and wounded six at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Prosecutors and defense attorneys for the 26-year-old Santiago said at a hearing today that the death penalty decision process has just begun.

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