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Incident at Paris airport investigated as possible terrorism...Trump says Germany owes 'vast sums' to NATO

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') says investigators will determine whether the Orly Airport attacker "had a terrorist plot behind him." Authorities say soldiers fatally shot the man after he wrestled one of their colleagues to the ground and tried to steal her rifle. Hollande says the incident shows that France's policy of having military patrols guarding public sites "is essential," and that the nation "must remain extremely vigilant."

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutors' office says the 39-year-old man who was shot and killed at Orly Airport today had already crossed authorities' radar for suspected Islamic extremism. Prosecutors say the suspect's house was among scores searched in November 2015 in the immediate aftermath of suicide bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 people in Paris. Those searches targeted people with suspected radical leanings.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says Germany owes "vast sums of money" to NATO and the U.S. "must be paid more" for providing defense. In a tweet from his Florida resort, where he is spending the weekend, Trump wrote that he had a "GREAT" meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite reports to the contrary. But he reiterated his stance that Germany needs to meet its end of the bargain if it is to continue benefiting from the military alliance.

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian news report says an intelligence agent charged by the United States in the hacking of half a billion Yahoo user accounts worked at an investment bank owned by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov (PROH'-koh-rahv), who also owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team. The report in a respected business newspaper (Kommersant) cited a source as saying Igor Sushchin worked for Renaissance Capital as a security director.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican health care bill has competition from another GOP group: governors with their own proposal on how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. They're hoping Republican senators will find their ideas more persuasive. It's a gradual approach, with additional options for states. It's likely to involve more federal spending than the House bill, but also keep more people covered. Four GOP governors are pushing the plan, saying they represent most of the 33 Republican state chief executives.

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