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Justice Department responds...Trump predicts health care win...NC governor wins in court

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 5:50 p.m.

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LONDON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has complied with congressional requests for information related to any surveillance during the 2016 election. A one-sentence statement released this afternoon said that it has complied with the request. But it did not comment further on what information, if any, was provided. The department had requested an extension earlier this week to respond to congressional inquiries following President Donald Trump's unproven Twitter claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had wiretapped Trump during the campaign. Senate intelligence committee leaders said Thursday that they had seen no indications to support Trump's assertions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he expects the House Republican health plan to be passed "substantially pretty quickly." During a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump repeated his claim that so-called Obamacare is "a disaster." He said the GOP proposal will prove to be a great plan.

DALLAS (AP) — A eastern Maryland man has been arrested on a federal cyberstalking charge of sending a Dallas-based magazine reporter an image on Twitter intended to trigger an epileptic seizure. Federal officials say John Rayne Rivello, of Salisbury was arrested in Maryland. A complaint was filed in December by Kurt Eichenwald, a Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy and was sent a strobe image to his Twitter account on Dec. 15 intended to trigger a seizure. Included with the image was the message: "You deserve a seizure for your posts." The image was apparently sent in response to Eichenwald's outspoken criticism of then-President-elect Donald Trump.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judicial panel has ruled that some laws enacted by Republican legislators rushed through to undercut the new Democratic governor's powers are unconstitutional. But the three-judge panel also ruled today that one law subjecting Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet secretaries to confirmation by the Senate was justified. The judges agreed with Cooper on throwing out laws that shifted his powers in carrying out elections to the legislature and that gave civil service protections to hundreds of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's political appointees.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team from New Mexico's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has published more than five dozen vintage nuclear weapons test films salvaged from high-security vaults across the U.S. where they sat idle for decades. From the deserts of southern New Mexico and Nevada to islands in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. government conducted dozens of nuclear weapons tests from the 1940s until the early 1960s. Lab physicist Greg Spriggs says the films were in danger of decomposing and being lost to history. About 6,500 have been located, but only a fraction have been analyzed and declassified.

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