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Trump, Merkel meet...Justice responds to wiretap proof request...Arkansas separates King, Lee days

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 3:57 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Appearing at the White House with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl), President Donald Trump has rejected the idea that his "America First" agenda means he's an isolationist. Trump bristled at the question of a German reporter and said reports that he supports isolationist policy is an example of "fake news." Merkel said she and Trump haven't yet had much time to discuss economic issues.

LONDON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has complied with congressional requests for information related to any surveillance during the 2016 election. That's a response to President Donald Trump's unproven accusation that former President Barack Obama had phones at Trump Tower wiretapped. Members of Congress said they wanted any evidence from the Justice Department. Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican, says he's seen no proof and that "President Obama is owed an apology."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers attempting to win court approval of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations have been in court today. They filed a notice saying they will appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Maryland blocking the ban. A judge in Hawaii issued the same ruling. The Trump administration argues the ban is needed to combat terrorism. Opponents say it is unconstitutional.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy investigator says more victims are complaining about explicit photos of them being shared online by active duty and retired members of the Marine Corps. Former and current female Marines say their photographs and those of women in other services have been shared on social media without their consent. Naval investigators say more than 20 victims have now come forward, and he expects more. Facebook and Google have been cooperating with the investigation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to legislation removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged lawmakers to end the dual holiday. Once the bill is signed into law, Mississippi and Alabama will be the only states that honor Lee and King on the same day. Lee will have a memorial day in October, not a state holiday.

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