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Courtesy Mercer Vine(LOS ANGELES) — The California home where actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead in 1962 is now on the market for $6.9 million.

The home, located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, is described an “authentic 1929 Hacienda,” by the real estate agency that listed the home, Mercer Vine.

“When you walk the house and grounds, you’re immediately struck by its serenity and warmth,” the home’s listing agent, Lisa Optican, said in a statement. “It’s an absolute oasis in the heart of one of the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles.”

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home features details like beamed ceilings and terra cotta tile floors and comes with a swimming pool, citrus grove and guest house. It is described by Mercer Vine as a home “steeped in Hollywood glamour.”

It was at the Brentwood home that Monroe was found in the middle of the night lying face down in her bed clutching a telephone receiver, according to an account in The Los Angeles Times at the time.

The Times reported that Monroe, who was 36 years old when she died, had bought the house not long before her death for $75,000 and that the home was partially furnished.

Monroe herself spoke about the home during a 1962 interview with Life Magazine that took place inside.

“Anybody who likes my house, I’m sure I’ll get along with,” Monroe told Richard Meryman, then an associate editor at Life.

In his own essay about the interview with Monroe, just months before she died, Meryman described the house saying, “It was a small, three-bedroom house built in Mexican style, the first home entirely her own she had ever had.”

He continued, “She exulted in it. On a special trip to Mexico she had carefully searched in roadside stands and shops and even factories to find just the right things to put in it. The large items had not arrived — nor was she ever to see them installed.”

Monroe’s former home was last sold in November 2012 for $5.1 million, a Mercer Vine spokeswoman told ABC News.

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Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) — French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Monday that she is temporarily stepping down from her party’s leadership as she battles for the presidency. She will face off against Emmanuel Macron during the second round of the election on May 7.

“I’m taking a leave of absence as president of @FN_officiel [the Front National]; I’m now simply a candidate in the presidential election,” Le Pen tweeted from her official account.

“Je me mets en congé de la présidence du @FN_officiel : je ne suis plus que la candidate à la présidentielle.” #JT20h pic.twitter.com/4XaLe8rcIq

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) April 24, 2017

Le Pen and Macron bested nine other candidates to advance past the first round of voting on Sunday. They will now spend two weeks fighting for votes ahead of the second and final round.

Her decision to step down from the leadership of the National Front party appears to be an attempt to broaden her appeal as she and Macron battle to gain the support of voters who backed losing candidates in the first round of voting.

Since the results of the first round of voting became clear, Macron has enjoyed a number of high-profile endorsements, including from French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

The National Front’s image has been tarnished by the reputation of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who led the party until his daughter took it over in 2011.

The elder Le Pen was widely rebuked for calling Nazi gas chambers “a detail of history.”

Marine Le Pen has denounced these remarks and worked to broaden her party’s appeal.

The two opposing French candidates received tacit support from two opposing U.S. politicians in the lead up to the first round vote.

President Donald Trump, while not offering a formal endorsement, said in an interview that Le Pen was “the strongest on what’s been going on in France.”

Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, phoned Macron to wish him well ahead of the vote. Obama’s spokesman said it was not an official endorsement.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Treasury has announced sanctions against 271 employees of the Syrian government agency believed to be responsible for developing chemical weapons like those used in an attack on dozens of civilians in the country earlier this month.

“These 271 SSRC employees have expertise in chemistry and related disciplines and/or have worked in support of SSRC’s chemical weapons program since at least 2012,” the Treasury said in a statement.

The attack on April 4 in the village of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria killed more than 80 people and prompted a U.S. missile strike on the air base linked to the attack.

“The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by any actor and we intend to hold the Assad regime accountable for its unacceptable behavior,” the statement from the Treasury said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Please check back for the latest.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — North Korea is trying to show strength at home by detaining another U.S. citizen while overall Chinese pressure on the East Asian nation is “working,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday morning.

“I think that North Korea’s been playing games from the very beginning,” Haley said Monday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

“I mean what we’re seeing is that Kim Jong Un is trying to really show his strength to the people of North Korea, whether it’s just with all of these threats or what he’s trying to do in terms of talking in terms of trying to start a war. And what we’ve said is we don’t want war, so don’t start one,” she continued.

Tony Kim, a U.S. citizen and professor, was detained in North Korea Saturday while trying to leave the country with his wife.

Haley said the United States is going to work with China to negotiate his release. Kim is at least the third American citizen now detained in North Korea.

Haley also said that China has “shown genuine concern” in regard to rising tensions with North Korea after the country tested another missile earlier this month.

“I think really the power has been through China, they have shown genuine concern,” she said. “I think that they are trying to put the pressure on North Korea, and I think it’s working.”

Chinese state media reported that President Trump had a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday in which Xi urged restraint in dealing with North Korea. Trump has pressured China to increase its economic pressure on the North Korean regime.

China has proposed that the U.S. suspend military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea halting its nuclear program, a proposal Haley strongly rejected.

“We’re not going to do that,” Haley said, adding that the U.S. will protect South Korea.

“What we can say is South Korea has been an ally from the very beginning. We want to protect them just as we’re protecting ourselves, and that’s what we said we were going to do is we were going to have the backs of our allies and we were going to call out our adversaries,” she said.

When asked about how the president has modified campaign positions since entering office, Haley responded that he is reacting to changing times.

“I think it’s changing with the times,” Haley said. “I mean the times that we’re dealing with right now we’re seeing some aggression from some bad actors, we’re seeing the need for strength with our allies and we’re seeing the need that we have to show force when we have to show force. And I think what we’ve seen the president do is say that he’s not afraid to make a decision, he’s not afraid to act, and he’s going to change with the circumstances. And that’s exactly what we want to see in a leader.”

Trump will meet with Haley as well as the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council at the White House later Monday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you feel like you’re paying more to go to the movies, you’re right.

According to the National Organization of Theater Owners, average movie ticket prices hit an all-time high in the first three months of 2017. During the quarter, the average ticket price was $8.84, up from $8.79 cents in the last three months of 2016.

Driving the average ticket price higher were strong performances by higher-priced 3-D and IMAX movies like Rogue One, Beauty and the Beast, Lego Batman and Kong: Skull Island.

The movies are still a cheap date though. According to the organization, the average movie ticket price in 1977 was $2.23, which, adjusted for inflation, would be $9.26 today.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Either there are some potato farmers using their fields as driving ranges or there’s a golf course near a potato farm and everyone is hitting in the rough, because some frozen hash browns have been recalled due to possible contamination from golf balls.

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a press release stating that McCain Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with “extraneous golf ball materials.”

The products include Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns and Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns, and were distributed in Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

It seems that golf balls may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make the hash browns.

The products may present a choking hazard if consumed. Consumers are urged not to consume these products. They should be thrown away or returned to the store.

So far, there have been no reported injuries.

Anyone with questions about the recall should contact McCain Foods USA, Inc. at 630-857-4533, Monday through Sunday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT.

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Dina Mitchell(NEW YORK) — A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker exploded.

Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm while she was reading a book on Tuesday night.

“I was literally just sitting and reading when my Fitbit exploded,” Mitchell told ABC News in an emailed statement on Sunday. “It was either defective or really mad I was sitting still so long… I don’t know. Either way, It burned the heck out of my arm.”

She said she ripped the device off of her arm as it was still burning and tossed it onto the floor. Mitchell said her doctor had to pick pieces of plastic and rubber out of her arm after the incident.

An emergency care provider in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV that Mitchell was treated the day after she said the incident occurred.

Mitchell, who said she got the tracker as a birthday gift, said Fitbit offered her a free replacement device after she notified the company about the apparent malfunction.

A spokesperson for Fitbit told ABC News that the company is investigating the issue.

“We are extremely concerned about Ms. Mitchell’s report regarding her Flex 2 and take it very seriously, as the health and safety of our customers is our top priority,” the company said in a statement.

“We are not aware of any other complaints of this nature and see no reason for people to stop wearing their Flex 2,” the company added.

Fitbit said it planned to share more information as soon as it was able to.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(BERLIN) — Ivanka Trump is set to make her debut on the world stage Tuesday with her first official foreign trip to attend the W20 Summit in Germany, where she will be received not only as first daughter but as one of the closest, most trusted advisers to the president of the United States.

While President Trump’s nationalist campaign rhetoric may have rattled the European continent, his globalist and polished 35-year-old daughter may be able to smooth her father’s image ahead of his own trip to Europe next month to attend the NATO and G7 Summits.

“There is really no greater emissary than a family member when you’re traveling abroad, because these are the people who are closest to the president,” says Anita McBride, a former chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush. “They show something that is quite unique that no staff member, no adviser, no other emissary can really do.”

Ivanka Trump is traveling to Berlin at the direct invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the president famously accused of “ruining Germany” during the campaign but for whom he has since expressed respect. He received her at the White House for a visit last month.

According to the White House, Ivanka Trump’s trip to Berlin, where she will attend the women-focused W20 Summit, was spurred by Merkel’s participation in a roundtable the president’s daughter hosted on Vocational Education and Workforce Development in Washington in March.

At the W20 summit, Ivanka Trump will take part in a high-profile panel on women’s entrepreneurship that includes Merkel, International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, among others.

Trump will also visit the U.S. embassy for a meet-and-greet with embassy staff while in Berlin, in addition to visiting a technical academy and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. She will cap her day by attending a gala dinner.

So, how unusual is it for a first daughter to represent the president abroad?

McBride says Ivanka Trump is in fact not breaking new ground here, even though she has taken a uniquely active role in her father’s administration as an unpaid adviser, along with her husband Jared Kushner.

“It is not unusual that first family members would be engaged internationally with the full support of the president and the White House behind them,” McBride said.

“We’ve had other first children represent their parents abroad. One of the best examples of that is Maureen Reagan, who traveled to Africa quite a bit on her father’s behalf,” she continued. “She was very involved and very engaged.”

And during her time working in President George W. Bush’s administration, McBride said the 43rd president made it a priority to send a family member on a presidential delegation whenever possible.

“George Bush had traveled for his father to Zambia back in the 1990s and he saw first-hand how well received that was, as the son of the president, and he always remembered that,” McBride said.

In the case of Ivanka Trump, McBride said, the first daughter has added credibility for this particular trip to the W20 Summit given her own experience as a woman entrepreneur and aide to the president on these issues.

“On a lot of levels, she’s the right person to send,” McBride said. “First, she’s been personally invited by the chancellor. Two, she holds an official role and cares about these issues. And three, as the president’s daughter, she’s one of the closest people to him and he trusts her, and expects and wants her to be fully engaged on these issues for his administration.”

Beyond participating in a panel discussion on women entrepreneurship, McBride said she’s curious to see what deliverables the first daughter may have by the end of the trip.

“Is there something concrete? Is there something that she is going to point to that we are either doing or will be doing?” McBride said. “When you go to an event like this overseas, you are, as a general rule, bringing something to the table, so that will be interesting to see what she is offering.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen appear to have won the first round of France’s presidential election.

They now advance to a second round vote that will held on May 7.

And the choice for France could be one of the most consequential in decades, analysts say.

At stake, analysts say, is nothing short of the direction of Europe and the European Union, with the two candidates offering starkly different visions for the future of France and its role on the world stage.

Here’s a look at the two candidates who will almost certainly be on the ballot.

Le Pen: The Donald Trump of France?

Le Pen leads France’s far-right Front National (FN) party, and was seen as a front-runner during the lead-up to the first round vote.

She has been propelled by similar political forces that saw the British vote to “Brexit” -– or leave the European Union -– and Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency this November.

Trump hinted before the first-round vote that he favored her candidacy over the others.

Ethnic and religious tensions have been stoked by repeated terror attacks. Unemployment has been stuck at around 10 percent for nearly five years. France’s economic growth was meek in 2016 -– estimates put it just above 1 percent. These factors are driving frustration and anger in large parts of the country.

She has taken a strong stance against illegal immigration and championed anti-globalist sentiments. Le Pen has also proposed a referendum on France’s membership in the E.U. Many have dubbed the hypothetical vote “Frexit.”

Analysts have said that Le Pen being elected would pose an existential threat to the European Union –- the bloc of European democratic states that grouped together after World War II with the aim of preventing future strife.

“A Len Pen win would call into question the future of the entire European project,” Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Europe Program, told ABC News. “Her anti-EU, anti-immigration and anti-globalization stance would put her starkly at odds with whoever is elected the next chancellor of Germany, France’s most important partner in Europe.”

It could also be damaging to U.S. interests, Brattberg said: “Le Pen would seek to reorient French foreign policy away from the U.S. and NATO and towards Putin’s Russia.”

An anti-establish candidate but not an outsider, Le Pen comes from a family that has enjoyed the political spotlight for decades –- if not very successfully. Her father ran for the presidency five times.

The elder Le Pen led the Front National party before his daughter and his reputation continues to haunt her candidacy. He was widely rebuked for calling Nazi concentration camps “a detail of history.” Marine Le Pen has denounced these remarks.

Even if she doesn’t pull off a victory in two weeks time, Le Pen “would be well positioned to make another run next time around,” Brattberg said.

Macron: France’s own Justin Trudeau?

French voters have another choice: centrist and political newcomer Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old political neophyte who has been likened by some to Justin Trudeau of Canada..

Macron was the country’s economy minister up until he quit in 2016 — the same year he formed the En Marche! party. He has never held an elected office.

Unlike Le Pen, Macron is pro-Europe and made that clear in his victory speech after the first round vote.

“Macron would pursue a centrist approach, working closely with Germany to reform the Eurozone and the EU,” Brattberg said.

His political platform earned him the tacit support of former President Obama, who called Macron to wish him well ahead of the first round vote. Obama’s spokesman was quick to note that this was not a formal endorsement; however, the two are seen as political allies.

Populism remains … popular

Heading into the second round of voting Macron is seen as the favorite to win. But similar predictions were made ahead of the Brexit vote and U.S. election this Fall.

Populism appears to be a driving force propelling far-right and far-left candidates and their ideas in major elections around the Western world over the past few years.

“The fact that some 40 percent of French voters opted for far-right or far-left candidates with anti-EU and anti-globalization agendas means that populism is alive and well in Europe,” Brattberg said.

“Given the strong dissatisfaction with the status quo across Europe, there is no reason to think we have seen a ‘peak populism’ moment yet,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. citizen and academic was detained in North Korea while trying to leave the country with his wife on Saturday, a spokesperson for the university that employed him has confirmed.

Tony Kim, 58, who goes by his Korean name– Kim Sang-duk– was detained while trying to board a flight to China from Pyongyang’s international airport, according to Colin McCulloch, director of external relations at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), where Kim taught accounting.

The university’s executive leadership released a statement Sunday saying that it “has learned that Mr Sang Duk (Tony) Kim was detained” by North Korean authorities as he was about to leave the country, “after several weeks of service, teaching at PUST.

“We understand that this detention is related to an investigation into matters that are not connected in any way with the work of PUST.”

At least two other American citizens are currently being held by North Korea — Otto Warmbier, a a 21-year-old student at University of Virginia, and Kim Dong Chul.

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