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New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, making the city the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy....



Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants....



Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Two condemned Arkansas killers who admit they're guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for Monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the U.S. in more than 16 years....



Trump calls US astronaut who broke record for time in space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump made a very long distance phone call to the International Space Station, to congratulate its commander on breaking the record for the most time spent in space of any American astronaut....



Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Family and friends of Aaron Hernandez will say their farewells to the former NFL player during a private funeral in his hometown....



Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims....



Inspired by own family, Kentucky gov. tackles foster system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The little girl was 11, living in a foster care group home, when she ended up playing tag in a Louisville park with the daughters of a wealthy investment manager who would one day be Kentucky's governor....



Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience
NEW YORK (AP) -- Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added "widow" to the list....



At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds....



Obama to deliver first post-presidency speech in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former President Barack Obama is set to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life in the place where he started his political career....