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Electronics ban...Russia calls intel officials 'confused...Long day for nominee

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 21, 2017 at 5:40 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The clock is ticking for Airlines flying directly to the United States from 10 airports in eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries to comply with a new U.S. rule banning most electronic devices from carry-on luggage. Cellphones and smartphones are the exception. Everything else needs to be in checked bags. Affected operations have 96 hours to comply.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is taking its shot at allegations of ties to President Donald Trump's associates. A Kremlin spokesman says the House intelligence committee is "confused" following testimony from FBI Director James Comey about the investigation. Dmitry Peskov told reporters the hearing participants "can't find either proof or confirmation and are going round in circles." The Kremlin has dismissed the claims.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch could expect a marathon session of as many as 10 hours today as he faces questions by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats at his confirmation hearing. Today is day two. Yesterday was given over to mostly opening statements. Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump.

NEW YORK (AP) — A research arm of Google's parent firm is taking a stab at better securing elections and news organizations. Jigsaw says it's offering tools such organizations can use to protect themselves from hacking. Jigsaw says free and fair elections depend on access to information. To ensure such access, Jigsaw says, sites for news, human rights and election monitoring need to be protected from cyberattacks.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of the extremists group Boko Haram vows there will be no letup in attacks until an Islamic caliphate covers West and Central Africa. Leader Abubakar Shekau says in a new video seen by The Associated Press, that his fighters will continue to attack Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri (my-doo-GOOR'-ee) with suicide bombers until the country accepts the ways of Islam and jettisons constitutional rule.

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