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Airports get ready for new travel ban ... Senate expected to approve Interior pick ... Storm watches continue overnight for middle America

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 1:50 a.m.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban, which he could sign as soon as today. U.S. officials say Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are still on the list, but it no longer includes Iraq. The officials say the Pentagon and State Department urged the White House to reconsider Iraq's inclusion given its key role in fighting the Islamic State group.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee) appears headed toward confirmation as President Donald Trump's Interior secretary when the Republican-controlled Senate votes this morning. Zinke has said that federal land management should be done under a "multiple-use" model that allows hiking, hunting, fishing and camping along with harvesting timber, mining for coal and drilling for oil and natural gas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — At least two people have been killed in storms that ripped through the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas Tuesday. The deaths occurred in Illinois and Missouri, and tornado watches continued overnight for eastern Kansas and Oklahoma to the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An ex-convict faces sentencing today in the slayings of his two young children and two stepchildren at his suburban Detroit home. Gregory Green pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September's carbon monoxide poisonings of Koi and Kaleigh Green -- ages 5 and 4 -- and the shooting deaths of Chadney and Kara Allen -- ages 19 and 17 -- in his Dearborn Heights home. Green's wife was shot, but she survived. Green previously spent 16 in prison for killing his pregnant first wife.

BEIJING (AP) — China's labor minister says Beijing is cutting another 500,000 jobs this year from steel, coal and other heavy industries to reduce excess production capacity that's flooding markets and depressing global prices. The labor minister says the Chinese government will provide support for the laid-off workers to transfer to other jobs, start their own companies or retire. China is in the midst of a multi-year effort to shrink bloated industries including steel, coal and aluminum.

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