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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 9:50 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. 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) — 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."

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. agency says migrant deaths rose sharply last year, especially in the Mediterranean. The International Organization for Migration says there were 7,763 migrant deaths worldwide in 2016. That's 27 percent more from the year before. And two-thirds of those deaths were in the Mediterranean Sea, where nearly 5,100 people lost their lives trying to make the trip from North Africa, Turkey and the Middle East to Europe. The U.N. says trips set up by smugglers are getting riskier.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $100 million to help fund infrastructure upgrades in Flint amid the Michigan city's crisis with lead-tainted water. The grant is intended to help Flint accelerate and expand its work to replace lead water-service lines and fund other critical water infrastructure improvements.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Less than three months into Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened drinks, beverage makers say the measure is hurting sales so much they need to cut jobs. City officials say it's a ploy to get the tax struck down. Some supermarkets opposed to the tax are making a statement by printing out the added cost on receipts and store shelves.

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