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Trump, Merkel meet ... Trump stands by wiretap claims ... Health plan showdown scheduled

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have gingerly sidestepped their differences after their first meeting at the White House today. During their news conference, the two leaders tried to express their common bonds but showed little rapport. Their meetings included discussions on NATO, Islamic State, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is standing by his unproven claim that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, wiretapped his phones. Trump is suggesting he was the victim of the same sort of surveillance the Obama administration allegedly employed to monitor German Chancellor Angela Merkel's calls.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote for next Thursday. During his news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump called the GOP proposal a "great plan."

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended little changed after a day of meandering between small gains and losses. Financial stocks lost ground as yields fell, cutting into lending profits. Capital One Financial fell 2.2 percent. The S&P fell 3 points or 0.1 percent to 2,378. The Dow fell 20 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,915. The Nasdaq was unchanged at 5,901.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cold weather has killed half the blossoms on Washington's famous cherry trees just as they were getting to the peak of their bloom. National Park Service officials held a press conference today to describe the damage. Temperatures in the area dipped to 26 on Tuesday, 22 on Wednesday and 24 on Thursday.

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