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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch back on market for $67M

LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is back on the market with an asking price of $67 million. The 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California, has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. The listed price represents a significant cut from the $100 million it was on ...

Trump gives GOP leaders rallying cry, roadmap for change

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more. In his first address to a joint session ...

Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order

By ERIC TUCKER and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold. The ...

At least 2 dead after tornadoes touch down in central US

By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas on Tuesday, killing at least two people, as a spring-like storm system posed a risk to 45 million people. Compact but strong storms known as supercells raked parts ...

Some facts about hail from the National Weather Service

By The Associated Press A powerful storm system blew through a large swath of the nation's midsection, spawning deadly tornadoes, blowing cars off roads and causing property damage, including from hail. Here are some hail facts, according to the National Weather Service: HOW IT FORMS Inside ...

NTSB removes wrecked plane from Long Island crash scene

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say they've removed the single-engine plane that crashed on Long Island last weekend, killing two people and injuring a third. Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2mspIkx) the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane has been ...

Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list

By MATTHEW LEE and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to ...

Trump looks to refocus his presidency in address to Congress

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — With his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to refocus his young administration on the economic issues that helped him get elected. His allies hope it will help him move beyond the distractions ...

Historically black colleges push for financial support

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents from a majority of the country's historically black colleges and universities are in Washington this week, calling for $25 billion in the upcoming budget to help address priorities including infrastructure, college ...

Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access oil pipeline work

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in ...

Prison for 2 who threatened violence at black child’s party

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats. Jose Ismael Torres, 26, will spend 13 years in prison; Kayla Rae Norton, 25, is to ...

Trump ordering review of Obama rule protecting small streams

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. The order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency ...

California dam’s outflow to be stopped to clear debris

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California water authorities will stop the outflow from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working, officials said Sunday. The Department of Water Resources said it will start gradually reducing ...

Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s marijuana

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it's OK for their kids, but "we would rather not mess ...

Money being raised to restore vandalized Jewish cemetery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Money is being raised to repair and restore more than 100 headstones that were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia while police hunt for the person who toppled them. A man visiting Mount Carmel Cemetery on Sunday called police to report that three of his ...

Oscars flap eclipses ‘Moonlight’ win, but civility reigns

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren ...

DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade

By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, police said. The accident came during one of the ...

Liberal activists, new DNC chief face a Trump-era reckoning

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — When Tom Perez stepped to the stage as the newly elected Democratic national chairman, his first official act was to invite his vanquished rival to join him as deputy chairman. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison accepted on the spot and two men ...

Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his ...

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal ...