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Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list
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, American officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days....

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban
SEATTLE (AP) -- Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban - mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way....

APNewsBreak: School led locker room assault investigation
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The investigation into the sexual assault of a disabled black football player by his white teammates at a small-town Idaho high school showed that crucial evidence was collected by school employees, not law enforcement officials, and that the culture that led to the attack stretched far beyond the locker room....

Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A spring-like storm system spawned tornadoes that destroyed more than 100 homes and killed three people in the central U.S. before it rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said....

Judge agrees to release Orlando shooter's widow before trial
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at a Florida nightclub is not a danger to the public and will be released from jail ahead of her trial on charges of aiding the attack, a federal judge in California decided Wednesday....

First step to help preserved organs survive the deep freeze
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Deep-freezing donated organs might one day help improve the transplant supply but scientists must first figure out how to thaw the delicate tissue without it cracking. Now researchers are taking a first step toward that goal, using nanotechnology to create super heaters for preserved tissue....

Defense: Killer of 2 is star witness, not Aaron Hernandez
BOSTON (AP) -- The real killer of two men in a hail of gunfire at a stoplight was not former NFL star Aaron Hernandez but rather the government's star witness in his double murder trial, his attorney charged Wednesday in opening statements, revealing the defense strategy for the first time....

The Latest: Illinois man killed in storm identified
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) -- The Latest on severe weather affecting a large swath of the central U.S. (all times local):...

AP Exclusive: Taxes could flow with Dakota Access pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota stands to gain more than $110 million annually in tax revenue after oil begins coursing through the Dakota Access pipeline, an analysis by The Associated Press shows....

Suspect in Mississippi, New Mexico crimes arrested in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities arrested a man Wednesday suspected of shooting a Kansas convenience store clerk and kidnapping two hikers in New Mexico while on the run after his girlfriend was killed and a jogger was shot in Mississippi....

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