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Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

This 2006 photo provided by the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church shows a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation, in Bernards, N.J. Crews are scheduled to remove the church's tree which was declared dead after numerous problems started appearing in the summer 2016. The tree has served as a scenic backdrop for thousands of photographs over the years and according to legend, was a spot where George Washington once held a picnic.

A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.

Trump calls US astronaut who broke record for time in space

Portrait of astronaut Peggy Whitson, former commander of the International Space Station, as she addresses media at the Johnson Space Center after spending 192 days in space Friday, May 2, 2008. Whitson and two crew members had a rough landing in the Soyuz capsule as they landed about 295 miles from their expected landing site in Kazakhstan on April 19.

President Donald Trump made a very long distance phone call to the International Space Station, to congratulate its commander on breaking the record for the most time spent in space of any American astronaut.


Firefighters battle blaze at building under construction

Firefighters are battling a blaze in a six-story building under construction near the University of Maryland.


At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds.


The Latest: Obama to lead student discussion in Chicago

The Latest on former President Barack Obama's first public event since leaving office (all times local):


County commissioner arrested on assault charge in Memphis

A Tennessee local official has been arrested after police said he choked his girlfriend at a fast food restaurant.


Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience

Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added "widow" to the list.


Ohio governor, ex-GOP presidential candidate, publishes book

A new book by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) looks at what Kasich calls the positivity of his presidential campaign compared with the election cycle's negativity.


Official: 3-year-old died after car window closed on neck

Authorities say a 3-year-old Nebraska boy has died after a car power window closed on his neck.


NY troopers help woman give birth in vehicle on Thruway

Two New York state troopers have teamed up to help deliver a woman's baby in a vehicle on the side of a highway after she couldn't make it to a hospital.


Pretrial hearing for Bengals' 'Pacman' Jones moved to May 16

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones' court case has been continued to May 16, when there will be a pretrial hearing.


Bills to fight homelessness in Wisconsin up for vote

Proposals designed to fight homelessness in Wisconsin are up for a vote before the Legislature's budget committee.


Adirondack Museum rebrands itself as Adirondack Experience

The Adirondack Museum will open for the season next month with a new name and brand identity designed to lure more visitors to its sprawling 121-acre indoor-outdoor campus.


The Latest: US general suggests Russia arming Taliban

The Latest on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to Afghanistan (all times local):


US stocks follow global markets higher after French election

U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally Monday morning after election results in France over the weekend raised expectations that the European Union and euro currency will remain intact. A candidate seen as pro-business won the most votes in Sunday's vote, and many investors expect him to win a runoff election against the remaining anti-EU candidate, which is set for May 7.


Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000

Two condemned Arkansas killers who admit they're guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for Monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the U.S. in more than 16 years.


Haley warns NKorea about attacking US base or testing ICBM

The United States could strike North Korea if it attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador said Monday.


Liz Weston: Allowances Don't Teach Kids About Money - You Do

Many parents tell me they feel guilty about allowances.They aren't consistent about when and how they give their kids money. They wonder if allowances should…


Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.