New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

  • Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND and GERALD HERBERT , Associated Press

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

France's rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

PARIS (AP) — France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united on Monday to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism.

  • Written by SYLVIE CORBET and ELAINE GANLEY , Associated Press