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Judge turns down US request...Autopsy complete on suspect in Paris airport attack... House intel panel set to begin hearings

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 19, 2017 at 3:50 p.m.

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HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii is rejecting the Justice Department's request for clarification on his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said in court records today that there's nothing unclear about his order and the federal government can't ask for a distinction that officials failed to make in earlier briefs and arguments.

PARIS (AP) — French officials are trying to determine whether a suspected Islamic extremist was drunk or high on drugs when he took a soldier hostage at Paris' Orly Airport on Saturday morning and was shot dead by her fellow patrolmen. An autopsy has been completed and blood samples taken will be screened for drugs and alcohol. A prosecutor says the suspect had stopped by a bar earlier and cocaine was found in a search of his flat.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee is to begin hearings Monday into Russia's role in cybersecurity breaches at the Democratic National Committee. FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers are slated to testify. Meanwhile, the panel's top two lawmakers say documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offer no evidence the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say 426 homes have been evacuated because of a wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colorado. Emergency officials say residents were evacuated before dawn today, while an additional 836 homes were warned to be prepared to leave if conditions worsen. The fire has burned just over 60 acres a couple of miles from the university town's main shopping and dining thoroughfare. It is 20 percent contained.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Holocaust survivor who became a sculptor and has his work on display at Ohio's governor's mansion has died. A Columbus funeral home says services will be Monday for Alfred Tibor who died Saturday. He was 97. According to The Columbus Dispatch Tibor lived in central Ohio for 45 years while creating sculptures that stand in many public spaces around Columbus. Many of his sculptures are in over 500 public and private collections.

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