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Several courts hear travel ban case today ... Syrian rebels to attend peace talks ... Grumpy moose on the loose

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 1:42 a.m.

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UNDATED (AP) — A day before President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is to take effect, the executive action will be scrutinized in federal courtrooms across the country today. In Maryland, a federal judge will hear arguments from the ACLU and others who want to stop the new directive. Hawaii's lawsuit is heading to a U.S. court in Honolulu, while Washington state wants its own hearing before a federal judge in Seattle.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is accusing MSNBC's Rachel Maddow of being "desperate for ratings" for reporting on President Donald Trump's tax returns on "The Rachel Maddow Show." The information, first obtained by journalist David Cay Johnston, shows that in 2005, Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes. He also reported a business loss of $103 million that year.

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan says peace talks over ending the fighting in Syria have been extended and will be attended by representatives of Syrian rebel forces. The discussions are taking place in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana. Syrian rebels had previously boycotted this third summit in Astana, citing the government's continued bombardment of opposition-held areas in Homs and Damascus.

MIAMI (AP) — A federal jury in Miami begins deliberating today in the trial of a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States. Sports agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada are charged with conspiracy and alien smuggling. Prosecutors said the two oversaw a network of boat captains, handlers, document forgers and used phony paperwork to get the players to the U.S. quickly so they could sign lucrative Major League Baseball contracts. Defense lawyers say the men did nothing illegal.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wildlife officials in Alaska are telling people to keep their distance from grumpy moose following two close calls over the weekend. A woman in the city of Homer was feeding chickens Sunday when a moose trying to eat out of her feed bucket, kicked her in the head. Another agitated moose charged skiers twice in a lift line Saturday at a resort. Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh says moose do tend to get "a little cranky" this time of year.

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