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Trump again dismisses Russia findings...Stocks open lower...Former university president's trial begins

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again dismissing the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the presidential campaign to help him beat Hillary Clinton. In tweets today, Trump accused Democrats of making up the allegations "as an excuse for running a terrible campaign." And he says investigators should instead be going after leaks to the media.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's latest outburst about alleged Russian interference in the election comes as lawmakers prepare to hear today from FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers. They'll be testifying on the allegations of Russian hacking, and also on whether there were any connections between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slightly lower, led by losses in banks after Britain announced it will formally trigger the process of leaving the European Union on March 29. Britain's departure from the EU will start a long negotiation with uncertain effects for banks and other companies. It is expected to become official in early 2019. Major indexes in Europe are also lower. Energy companies are falling as the price of U.S. crude slips about 1 percent.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection is getting under way in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the trial of Penn State's former president, Graham Spanier. He's accused of putting children at risk by mishandling child sex abuse complaints against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier arrived at a Harrisburg courthouse today for a trial that could last a week or more.

NEW YORK (AP) — The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story's actual source in determining whether readers believe it. That's the finding of a study by the Media Insight Project. In a previous study, consumers said they paid greater heed to where the story originated. But the Media Insight Project reached a different conclusion. The project is a collaboration between The Associated Press, the N-O-R-C Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute.

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