Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes disclosed late Tuesday that Comey wrote after the meeting. The White House issued a furious denial near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press

Contradictions by Trump create credibility gap for aides

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the report burst forth alleging that President Donald Trump had revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats, the White House quickly dispatched Trump's national security adviser to declare that the story "as reported is false."

  • Written by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people died and dozens were injured when tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms that battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday as onlookers watched from lawn chairs and monument supporters waved Confederate battle flags.

  • Written by REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press KEVIN MCGILL, Associated Press