10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 100-DAY MARK NEARS AS BUDGET DEADLINE LOOMS As the symbolic milestone approaches, Trump juggles a renewed health care push and his demands that a government funding bill should include money for the border wall with Mexico. 2.

New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, becoming the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy. The Liberty Place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

NFL draft: Evaluating ex-top recruits who didn't match hype

Receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are prime examples of pro prospects who left high school as five-star recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome perceptions that they never fulfilled their promise in college. For NFL teams, the challenge is figuring out why such players haven't met expectations -- and whether they might still flourish as pros.

The Latest: Vegas-area officials say it's no sanctuary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Justice Department warning nine communities to prove they are complying with an immigration law or risk coveted law enforcement grant money (all times local): 6 p.m. Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada, say they're wrongly included on a list of jurisdictions the Trump administration says refuse to comply with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants.

Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Calling it a "profoundly sad and tragic" case, a judge sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith's wife after an April 2016 traffic crash. Thursday's sentencing by Louisiana Judge Camille Buras was the culmination of a case that riveted the city for more than a year.

Widow of Saints star Will Smith upset at killer's 25 years

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith and wounded his wife after a traffic crash last year was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for manslaughter, far less than the maximum prosecutors had called for. Cardell Hayes faced up to 60 years if given consecutive maximum terms for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, as prosecutors had urged.

The Latest: Smith's widow: daughter fears killer's release

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Latest on hearings for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The widow of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith says their daughter fears the day his killer gets out of jail.

In court, strong emotions from coach, family of slain Saint

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The killer of retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was denied a new trial Wednesday by a Louisiana judge, who then heard tearful, sometimes bitter "victim Impact" testimony from Smith's family and friends. Racquel Smith said her daughter fears the day Cardell Hayes gets out of prison. She said one of their sons is "lost" without his father.

Road-rage confrontation: Killer of ex-Saint faces sentencing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It was a road-rage confrontation that cost former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith his life. Now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into Smith is close to learning his punishment. Cardell Hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his December trial when a jury rejected the prosecution's push for a second-degree murder verdict, which would have meant mandatory life in prison.

Friday's Sports in Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Frank Mason III of Kansas and Kelsey Plum of Washington won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year. They received their trophies during the third annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los Angeles. Mason also claimed the Bob Cousey point guard of the year award.

Louisiana orchestra performs on moving boats on a lake

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 's upcoming performance of "New Water Music" will literally be on the water. Musicians will perform from the decks of a moored barge and moving shrimp boats on Lake Ponchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane) -- the big tidal basin bordering New Orleans. More than a dozen additional shrimp boats will move in patterns and dip and raise their nets in a stately ballet.

Federal overhauls of police departments bring mixed results

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seattle police, considered by some to use force too fast and too often, reached an agreement with the federal government that gave all officers training on how to better handle people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Residents' attitudes toward police improved.

Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE Cards beat Cubs in opener UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' first World Series title defense in 108 years got off to an exciting yet disappointing start. Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk) capped his three-RBI night by lining an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinals a 4-3 thriller against the Cubs in St. Louis.

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Cousins carries Pelicans in first game against Kings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- When DeMarcus Cousins checked out for the final time in his first game against the Sacramento Kings, he got a congratulatory handshake from Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and a standing ovation from the crowd. Cousins had 37 points and 13 rebounds against the only other NBA team for which he's played, and New Orleans routed Sacramento 117-89 on Friday night.

Sharon Thorsland: Panthers Look to End Losing Streak

by Sharon Thorsland It’s a key game for the Panthers on Sunday, who travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in the Super dome.  After three straight losses, two of them in the NFC South, the Panthers need a win if they hope to stay “in the hunt,” as linebacker Thomas Davis said…