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Lawmakers: No wiretaps...Health care support sought...EMT killed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 16, 2017 at 9:54 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top two members of the Senate intelligence committee say there is no indication that Trump Tower was "the subject of surveillance" by the U.S. government before or after the 2016 election. That directly contradicts President Donald Trump, who earlier this month tweeted that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower phones wiretapped. Despite a growing bipartisan list of lawmakers who have publicly disputed the allegation, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the president stands by the claim.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposed budget would give the military a $54 billion boost, the largest since President Ronald Reagan's Pentagon buildup in the 1980s. At the same time, it would slash foreign aid and funding for many domestic agencies. Among the programs set to lose funding: the National Endowment for the Arts, legal aid for the poor, low-income heating assistance and the AmeriCorps national service program established by former President Bill Clinton.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican congressional leaders have already had to turn to President Donald Trump to wrangle support for their health care overhaul. The House Budget Committee voted 19-17 to advance the bill, with defections by three GOP conservatives. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is telling his constituents in West Virginia that he'll oppose any legislation that takes health care away from them. West Virginia went heavily for Trump in the presidential election. But the Affordable Care Act helped expand coverage to about 210,000 people in the state.

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill the president of the United States. Andrew O'Keefe will be under supervised. Prosecutors in Boston say O'Keefe wrote on an FBI tips site that he was "planning to kill President Barack Obama," and had "a really good plan." He invited the Secret Service to pay him a visit and signed the posting with his Social Security number. A search of O'Keefe's home and car turned up more than 100 weapons

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say an emergency medical technician in New York City has died after she was run over by a stolen ambulance. Authorities say the EMT had stopped her ambulance in the Bronx around 7 p.m. Thursday after being alerted that a man was riding on the back of the vehicle. Police say when she got out to investigate, the man jumped into the vehicle. The EMT tried to stop the man, but he put the ambulance in reverse, striking her. He then crashed into parked cars and got stuck on a snowbank.

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