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Electronic carry-on ban...Comey disputes Trump claim...Teacher suspected of kidnapping

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 20, 2017 at 6:52 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Security precautions are being imposed on certain electronic carry-ons on U.S.-bound flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries. Starting tomorrow all laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics on the flights will have to be checked. A U.S. official said the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports. The airports and countries weren't named. A congressional aide says Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the temporary ban.

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey has knocked down President Donald Trump's accusation that former President Barack Obama had phones at Trump Tower wiretapped. Testifying before lawmakers, Comey also said the FBI has been investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia since July. A wider probe into Russian meddling in American politics is also being conducted.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has taken to the road to sell administration policies. He told a campaign-style rally in Kentucky tonight that's he's working on new executive actions aimed at helping revive coal mines. Trump also pledged to renegotiate trade deals. Earlier, the White House defended proposed cuts to popular programs like Meals on Wheels amid Trump's taxpayer-funded trips to his Florida beach resort.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution's prohibition against government-established religion. The Birdville School system is in suburban Fort Worth. The court ruled that student-led prayers for legislative bodies differ from unconstitutional prayers in public schools.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — According to a lawyer for the family of a 15-year-old female student, a Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping the teen had been investigated by the school system after another student reported seeing the teacher kiss the girl. The lawyer and school records show 50-year-old teacher Tad Cummins was allowed to continue working at the school in Culleoka (kul-ee-OH'-kuh), a community about 60 miles south of Nashville near the state line with Alabama.

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