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No evidence to back Trump’s wiretap claims against Obama, lawmakers say

A day before a high-stakes hearing, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday there’s no evidence to back President Trump’s claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him, though the Republican chairman said investigators are  looking at other types of possible surveillance of Trump and his aides during last year’s campaign. Monday’s hearing features testimony from FBI Director James Comey, who has asked the Justice Department to publicly rebuke Trump’s claims against Obama.

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say they have seen no evidence supporting President Donald Trump’s claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him last year. (March 15) AP

A weekend of madness: Villanova becomes the first No. 1 seed to fall

The selection committee got it wrong when it made Wisconsin a No. 8 seed. Now defending champion Villanova is paying the price. After upsetting the No. 1 seed 65-62, the Badgers moved on as the only team to make it to the last three Sweet 16s. The Wildcats are out of the NCAA tournament in the second round thanks in part to Kris Jenkins’ continued shooting woes. Mostly, though, they’re headed for the couch because the selection committee’s errors forced them to face Wisconsin a round early, maybe two.

USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson breaks down how Wisconsin was able to take down the defending champions to pull off the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament so far. USA TODAY Sports

Music world mourns the death of Chuck Berry, a rock ‘n’ roll original

Chuck Berry, whose killer guitar riffs and electrifying stage presence virtually defined rock ‘n roll, died Saturday at 90. From the time Berry first hit the scene with Maybellene in 1955, he defined the sound, the swagger, the style of a rock and roll star. And to this day, guitarists pay homage banging out his wicked licks and imitating his signature duck walk. Musical giants from Mick Jagger on down paid homage on hearing the news. “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived,” Bruce Springsteen tweeted.

Political dogfight over Supreme Court finally reaches Senate

One of the most convoluted Supreme Court confirmation battles in history finally reaches the U.S. Senate Monday, 401 days after the death of legendary Justice Antonin Scalia left a vacancy that spanned two presidencies and spawned two nominees. Federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s choice to be the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice, faces several days of harsh questioning from Democrats still seething at the Republican-controlled Senate’s refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s equally qualified nominee last year.

 Jimmy Breslin, legendary columnist, dies in New York

Pulitzer Prize-winning newsman Jimmy Breslin, a self-described “street reporter” who chronicled New York City for more than 60 years in newspaper stories and columns and won acclaim for his coverage of the “Son of Sam” serial killings, died on Sunday USA TODAY

Tillerson meets with China’s Xi Jinping as North Korea tests rocket engine

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, talking about diplomacy and shared interests after earlier warning that the military “option is on the table” to stop North Korea’s nuclear program. North Korea tested a rocket engine over the weekend while Tillerson was in Beijing. In their 30-minute meeting, Xi and Tillerson agreed that China and the United States could cooperate more but acknowledged that differences between the two countries are likely to endure, the State Department said.


North Korea has conducted a test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station. USA TODAY