Michigan capital no longer a sanctuary city; conservative group targets powerful Republicans over health care; sculptor wants bull moved; and more headlines to start your day, Thursday, April 13, 2017.

MICHIGAN CAPITAL RESCINDS SANCTUARY CITY LABEL

LANSING, Mich. Michigan's capital on Wednesday reversed a decision to call itself a "sanctuary city" that protects immigrants, bowing to pressure from a business community concerned that the term would draw unwanted attention to Lansing from President Donald Trump's administration and cost the city federal funding.

The City Council voted 5-2 to reverse course just nine days after unanimously deciding to call Lansing a sanctuary. The term "sanctuary city" has no legal definition and varies in application, but it generally refers to jurisdictions that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

CONSERVATIVE GROUP'S HEALTH ADS SLAM TOP GOP LAWMAKERS

WASHINGTON The conservative Club for Growth is targeting powerful committee chairmen and other top Republicans, part of an aggressive ad campaign to rally support for the GOP's struggling health care overhaul effort.

The television and digital ads, unveiled earlier this week, pressure Republicans to a back a revised version of the GOP health care bill that Speaker Paul Ryan abruptly withdrew last month because it lacked the votes. The Trump administration offered a new proposal last week in talks with conservative lawmakers.

Under the changes, states could seek federal waivers from requirements under President Barack Obama's health care law that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill consumers the same premiums, and that they cover specified medical services like mental health counseling.

TRUMP'S BANNON COMMENTS WORRY HIS POPULIST BASE

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has declared: "I am my own strategist." That would seem to bode poorly for his actual strategist, Steve Bannon.

And Trump now appears to be publicly distancing himself.

In an interview with The New York Post, the president said "I like Steve" and called his adviser "a good guy" but one who wasn't really all that involved with his winning election campaign. He said his warring senior officials, including Bannon, must "straighten it out or I will." In a second interview with The Wall Street Journal, he dismissively called Bannon "a guy who works for me."

SCULPTOR OF WALL STREET BULL WANTS 'FEARLESS GIRL' MOVED

NEW YORK The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue on Wednesday demanded the removal of the "Fearless Girl" statue that's faced off against the bull since last month.

Arturo Di Modica said his 11-foot-tall bull is supposed to represent "freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love" but "Fearless Girl" has turned his work's message into something negative.

"The girl is right in front doing this, 'Now I'm here, what are you going to do?'" Di Modica complained.