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Setback for Trump's travel ban ...Trump stands by wiretap claim... Obama rule on fracking being rolled back

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 6:40 p.m.

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UNDATED (AP) — The federal judge in Hawaii who put President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on hold cited "questionable evidence supporting the government's national security motivation." It would have gone into effect tomorrow. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson also said Hawaii would suffer financially if the order goes into effect and blocks the flow of students and tourists to the state. Watson issued his 43-page ruling less than two hours.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is standing by his tweet that the Obama administration wiretapped him last year. Speaking on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Trump says "wiretap covers a lot of different things." Trump also says in the interview that he expects "some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next 2 weeks." Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say they have seen no evidence supporting Trump's claim.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The administration said in court papers filed today that it is withdrawing from a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era rule and will begin a new rule-making process later this year.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man was fatally shot during a confrontation with two Florida Panhandle police officers who were responding to a 911 call. The Panama City News Herald reports that the shooting occurred late Tuesday night. Panama City Beach police say the man became hostile with them and fled. The officers chased him to a nearby shopping center and then into a residential neighborhood, where the man was shot.

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria is condemning the latest "terrorist attacks" in Damascus on the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, saying they are "plainly designed to spoil attempts to sustain political talks." He says the attacks claimed the lives of innocent civilians and is again urging respect for the cease-fire. Suicide bombers struck the main judicial building and a restaurant in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people.

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