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Latest travel ban ruling...Mosque airstrike...Blues man James Cotton dies

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 16, 2017 at 8:55 p.m.

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — There's been a rare positive ruling for the Trump administration in its battle to enact a travel ban. The same federal judge in Seattle that blocked the ban affecting seven majority-Muslim countries has ruled that his order doesn't apply to the revised executive order. But Judge James Robert says he'll rule later on a request by Washington and several other states that have also asked him to block the revised ban. It applies to six countries.

BEIRUT (AP) — First responders and activists say an airstrike on a mosque in a rebel-held area of northern Syria has killed at least 35 people. That's according to the Syrian Civil Defense, volunteer paramedics known as the White Helmets. A British-based group says 42 were killed, mainly civilians. The attack happened near Aleppo. Russian and Syrian aircraft are known to operate in the opposition-held region.

CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting the world's most heavily armed border, which stands between rivals North and South Korea. Tillerson met with U.S. soldiers Friday at a U.S. base about just hundreds of yards from the tense Demilitarized Zone. Tillerson earlier vowed a tougher strategy to confront North Korea's nuclear threat.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin says he opposes any legislation that takes health care away from people in his home state, including the bill proposed by House Republicans and supported by President Donald Trump. The West Virginia Democrat told more than 200 people at a town hall meeting to bombard the White House and lawmakers with calls and emails in opposition. The law helped expand coverage to about 210,000 people in West Virginia, including 25,000 getting addiction treatment in the state ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Blues harmonica icon James Cotton has died. Cotton, who was 81, had performed professionally since age 9 and backed up blues legends including as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin' Wolf. According to his label, Alligator Records, Cotton died today of pneumonia at a hospital in Austin, Texas. The Mississippi Delta native released nearly 30 albums, including "Deep in the Blues, which won a Grammy Award in 1996. Cotton's most recent album, the 2013 "Cotton Mouth Man," was nominated for a Grammy.

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