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Mick Mulvaney finds himself in middle of another shutdown

Mick Mulvaney finds himself in middle of another shutdown

Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House. In both spots, he's been at the center of a government shutdown. But this time he is arguing against it and is faulting Democrats for seeking to use the very kind of leverage he tried to utilize in 2013. Then a congressman, Mulvaney...
The Latest: Trump floats idea of rule change to end shutdown

The Latest: Trump floats idea of rule change to end shutdown

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 9:40 a.m. President Donald Trump says if the government shutdown drags on, Republicans should consider changing the rules in the Senate to make it easier to pass legislation without votes from Democrats. But Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says that would mean the end of the Senate as the Founding Fathers envisioned it. The shutdown...
Trump the dealmaker comes up short ahead of shutdown

Trump the dealmaker comes up short ahead of shutdown

He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. The failure to find consensus on immigration and spending is a blow to Trump's presidency on the anniversary of his inauguration — and perhaps more painfully, a blow to his...
Trump's attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled

Trump's attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled

President Donald Trump hasn't backed away from his unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegally cast ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016, but his efforts to investigate it appear to have stalled. He transferred the work of the commission investigating his claim to the Department of Homeland Security. This week, the department's top official made it clear that, when it comes to elections...
Iran deal 'fixes' to dominate Tillerson's agenda in Europe

Iran deal 'fixes' to dominate Tillerson's agenda in Europe

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seeking British and French support for tough new penalties against Iran and preventing a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson on Sunday began a nearly weeklong trip to Europe, and a U.S. official said Iran was expected to dominate Tillerson's talks in London and Paris, the first two stops. Tillerson left Washington as the government shutdown enters...
The Latest: Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speech

The Latest: Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speech

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's Middle East tour (all times local): 1:40 p.m. The main Arab party in the Israeli Knesset says it will boycott Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the parliament on Monday. Ayman Odeh wrote on Twitter Saturday that the members of his Joint List will boycott the speech. The Trump administration has infuriated the Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's...
Global female empowerment marches enter second day

Global female empowerment marches enter second day

More demonstrations in support of female empowerment are planned around the world Sunday, a day after a host of marches and protests, several of them massive, marked the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration. Marches are scheduled in cities including Miami, Melbourne and Munich. A rally in Las Vegas will launch an effort to register 1 million voters and target swing states in the midterm...
'The Shape of Water' wins top Producers Guild Award

'The Shape of Water' wins top Producers Guild Award

Women and inclusivity continued to dominate the awards season conversation Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards, where Guillermo del Toro's fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" won the top award and honorees like Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay gave rousing speeches to the room of entertainment industry leaders. The untelevised dinner and ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in...
Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdown

Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdown

Feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to dodge blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showing few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end a government shutdown that stretched into a second day Sunday. The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend proceedings in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working...
How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown. Many government operations will continue — U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered. But almost half the 2 million...
Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

Closed attractions like the Statue of Liberty and suspended services such as the American Forces Network are examples of victims of the government shutdown. Federal services fall into two categories during a shutdown, essential and non-essential. Essential services such as the mail and Social Security checks continue. Non-essential services like processing of new veterans benefits claims are suspended...
Jordan urges Pence to 'rebuild trust' after Jerusalem pivot

Jordan urges Pence to 'rebuild trust' after Jerusalem pivot

Jordan's king appealed Sunday to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following fallout from the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Pence, in turn, tried to reassure the monarch that the Trump administration remains committed to restarting Israeli-Palestinian...
Vets slam roll out of relief for Marines poisoned at Camp Lejeune

Vets slam roll out of relief for Marines poisoned at Camp Lejeune

In March, VA leaders rolled out a new disability program for Marine veterans harmed by toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and touted their commitment to help those in need. Yet nearly a year after the program launched activists are criticizing the VA for not doing enough to educate veterans and their families about the program and benefits that may be available to help them. The issue is...
Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal

Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal

A Michigan State University trustee on Saturday called for the university president to quit over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Trustee Mitch Lyons issued a statement Saturday breaking ranks with the board which had said a day earlier that they supported President Lou Anna Simon. "I do not agree with our statement of support...
Mudslides take heavy toll on immigrants serving posh town

Mudslides take heavy toll on immigrants serving posh town

Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe give Montecito its star power, but it's people like Antonio and Victor Benitez who keep the wealthy Southern California community running. The Mexican brothers are gardeners and part of the town's working-class immigrant population, which suffered outsized losses from the recent mudslides that killed at least 21, injured dozens and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes...
Congressman denies misconduct claim; ethics probe may follow

Congressman denies misconduct claim; ethics probe may follow

House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an Ethics Committee investigation Saturday after the New York Times reported that U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures. The story, published online Saturday, cited unnamed people who said the Republican Pennsylvania representative used thousands...
The Latest: Senate GOP plans a vote aimed at ending shutdown

The Latest: Senate GOP plans a vote aimed at ending shutdown

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A Senate showdown vote on a Republican plan for ending the federal shutdown is on track to occur by early Monday. Democrats say they have the votes to block it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a measure financing the government through Feb. 8. Senate Democrats derailed a House-passed measure early Saturday that...
Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns

Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns

President Donald Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House. In both spots, he's been at the center of government shutdowns. As a congressman in 2013, Mulvaney was among a faction on the hard right that bullied GOP leaders into a shutdown confrontation...
Administration pledge to minimize shutdown faces early test

Administration pledge to minimize shutdown faces early test

The Trump administration's pledge to minimize the impact of a government shutdown faces an early test as a number of iconic American landmarks announce they will be closed. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, symbols of American promise, were shuttered Saturday due to what the National Park Service describes as "a lapse in appropriations." That's a bureaucratic term for a lack of money...
Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'

Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'

If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy. Economists and investment advisers interviewed by The Associated Press generally didn't foresee the shutdown...
Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser. Greitens told The Associated Press that he has no plans to resign from office as a result of the affair...
Mountains yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not

Mountains yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not

The snowy mountains and frozen lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park are still accessible to visitors, despite the federal government shutdown. But across the country in New York, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration — the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — were closed Saturday. The National Park Service oversees both natural wonders and historic landmarks across the nation...
US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting

US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting

Demonstrators from Los Angeles to New York marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration. People marched in Casper, Wyoming, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Houston. In Park City, Utah, where the annual Sundance Film Festival...
The Latest: Clinton lauds 'power and resilience' of women

The Latest: Clinton lauds 'power and resilience' of women

The Latest on women's marches around the world (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Hillary Clinton says women's marches around the United States and the world are "a testament to the power and resilience of women everywhere." The Democratic former U.S. first lady tweets she wants to see "that same power in the voting booth this year." She says the Women's March "was a beacon of hope...
Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts

Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts

Luther sold its youth football field to Walmart about three years ago so that the company could build one of its Express stores, using the money from the sale and the new tax revenue to pay off the roughly $200,000 in debt that resulted from an embezzlement scandal involving the former town treasurer. The store opened in May 2015 and closed only eight months later when Walmart pulled the plug on its...
Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama

Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama

A bleak description of "American carnage." A forceful rollback of his predecessor's achievements. A blatant falsehood from the White House podium. And that was just the first 24 hours. In his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, casting aside norms and traditions, fighting with Republicans and Democrats alike and changing how the nation and the presidency are...
Big towers to rise near historic Jamestown: $90M in payouts

Big towers to rise near historic Jamestown: $90M in payouts

A big change is looming on the horizon near Jamestown Island, site of Britain's first permanent settlement in North America: 17 transmission towers — four nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty — are set to rise to help meet Virginia's growing energy appetite. But not everyone is electrified by the prospect, never mind the $90 million the utility is spreading around to blunt the impact...
VP Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

VP Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism on Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington. Pence told reporters that he raised the issue of two Americans who have been imprisoned for several years in...
Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it. The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend proceedings in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working for...
The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a 'present' from Democrats

The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a 'present' from Democrats

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:35 a.m. President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown — tweeting that they wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. He says Democrats "could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead." And as part of a series of...
US government shuts down as partisan blame game heats up

US government shuts down as partisan blame game heats up

The federal government has shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday. That has halted all but the most essential operations and marred the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown...
Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by governor

Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by governor

The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life. Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83. Brown acknowledged that Van Houten's youth at the time...
Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?

Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?

The federal government shutdown only partially curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday. How key parts of the federal government would be affected...
AP Explains: Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?

AP Explains: Congress has shut down the govt. Now what?

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT? Since the end of the fiscal year in September, the government has been operating on temporary funding measures. The current...
Trump travel ban to get day in Supreme Court

Trump travel ban to get day in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims and stems from Trump's campaign call for a "complete...
US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis

US competitive warfighting edge has slipped, says Mattis

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says they even outpacing the threat of terrorism. He said Friday that competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world. Mattis is laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense...
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked out claims including boasts by Atlanta’s new mayor about the city’s financial condition and by New York’s mayor about that city’s high school graduation rate; and a criticism by Democrats regarding the effect of the new tax cut. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Atlanta is on its strongest...
Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life. Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83. Brown acknowledged that Van Houten's youth at the time...
Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

After three months of investigation, police have learned more about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock: He was a high-stakes gambler on a losing streak, obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend. But hundreds of interviews and thousands of pieces of evidence have not answered the key question: Why did Paddock open fire from his high-rise hotel...
Governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

Governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

The Hawaii National Guard's top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide. But the governor didn't tell the public until 15 minutes later. Maj. Gen. Arthur "Joe" Logan told state lawmakers at a hearing that he called the governor at 8:09 a.m. Saturday after speaking to a supervisor at the Hawaii Emergency Management...
Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty's autopsy via a statement Friday on his Facebook page, moments before coroner's officials in Los Angeles released their findings and the rocker's...
Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked...
Records paint bleak picture of suspect in serial killings

Records paint bleak picture of suspect in serial killings

A man accused of killing nine people in metro Phoenix grew up in a household plagued by domestic violence, left home at 16 to live with his girlfriend and was in prison three years later for manslaughter after participating in a robbery at a strip club where an accomplice was fatally shot, court records show. The documents paint a bleak picture of Cleophus Emmanuel Cooksey Jr., characterizing him...
Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat

Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat

A tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid's publisher told The Associated Press. In Touch magazine published its 5,000-word interview with the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels on Friday — more than six years after Trump's...
Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets

Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bill into law to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program, announcing his action in the latest in a series of confusing tweets about the spy program. Trump's tweet on Jan. 11 created chaos in the House just before it voted to reauthorize what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He linked the intelligence program to...
Los Angeles Times loses publisher, gets union

Los Angeles Times loses publisher, gets union

Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn was placed on an unpaid leave of absence amid allegations of past improper behavior, it was announced Friday. The news followed word that Times journalists had voted to join a union — a first in the paper's 136-year history. Some Times employees had called for Levinsohn to be fired after National Public Radio reported Thursday on...
Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down

Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down

District of Columbia officials are vowing not to let the looming shutdown of the federal government affect the city's normal functions, with local departments picking up the slack for shuttered federal agencies. At a Friday press conference, with the shutdown due to start at midnight, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced, "Shutdown or no shutdown — D.C. is open." Vast swaths of...
L’Oreal features first hijab-wearing model in major hair campaign, sparking controversy online

L’Oreal features first hijab-wearing model in major hair campaign, sparking controversy online

L’Oreal Paris recently made history when it featured model Amena Khan in its new hair product campaign. Khan, a British beauty blogger, model and co-founder of Ardere Cosmetics, is the first hijab-wearing model to star in a hair campaign for a major international brand. » RELATED: Muslim women support Nike as backlash over sports hijab sparks #BoycottNike She revealed the video...
Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

Talk about lousy timing. President Donald Trump had hoped to spend the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration amid friends at his opulent Palm Beach, Florida, estate. Instead, he's reckoning with a federal government shutdown. Trump scrapped plans to depart Friday for his Mar-a-Lago club, where he'd been set to attend a high-dollar fundraiser Saturday night to commemorate...
US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought," said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One...
Women will march again with aim to become a political force

Women will march again with aim to become a political force

A year after more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches worldwide with a message of female empowerment and protest against President Donald Trump, activists will return to the streets this weekend in hopes of converting anger and enthusiasm into political force. The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches created solidarity for those denouncing Trump's views on abortion...
Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. Prosecutors from the Department of Justice told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge seeks a retrial "at the earliest possible date." The announcement...
Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims and stems from Trump's campaign call for a "complete...
Are people really eating Tide Pods? Doctors warn parents about dangerous ‘Tide Pod Challenge’

Are people really eating Tide Pods? Doctors warn parents about dangerous ‘Tide Pod Challenge’

A bizarre new trend dubbed the “Tide Pod Challenge” is gaining popularity among teens on social media — and doctors say it could land them in the emergency room. The challenge involves people popping the small laundry detergent pacs and posting videos of themselves chewing and gagging on the oozing product online. A thread of videos with the title “Tide Pod Challenge&rdquo...
Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

Advocates for an award-winning journalist trying to win asylum in the United States because he says he received death threats in Mexico accused U.S. immigration officials Friday of unjustly detaining him based on a disputed 1999 incident. An attorney for Emilio Gutierrez Soto said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are trying to discredit the journalist, who in October accepted the...
Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke has proposed opening nearly all U.S. coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling, but said soon after announcing the plan that he will...
Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday. But almost four months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 others with a barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay...
Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons are finally getting taught in space. Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station. As NASA's first designated teacher in space, McAuliffe was going to experiment with fluids and demonstrate Newton's laws of motion for schoolchildren...
The Latest: Timeline offers look at Vegas shooter's moves

The Latest: Timeline offers look at Vegas shooter's moves

The Latest on the shooting in Las Vegas last October that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured on the Las Vegas strip (all times local): 3:35 p.m. An 81-page police report made public Friday offers a glimpse at Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's internet searches and a timeline of his activities ahead of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It doesn't say what drove Paddock to...
What won't get done during a government shutdown

What won't get done during a government shutdown

Although the government won't actually close if Congress fails to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, there's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington agrees on a budget plan. In the event of a shutdown, U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal...
St. Paul's School says lawsuit settled in sex assault case

St. Paul's School says lawsuit settled in sex assault case

The elite St. Paul's School has settled a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect a girl who was sexually assaulted by a fellow student as part of a conquest ritual. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but Chessy Prout, now 19, said Friday that what began as an effort to speak up for herself in her case against Owen Labrie has grown into "standing up against a 162-year-old institution...
The Latest: VP Pence greets troops in Ireland

The Latest: VP Pence greets troops in Ireland

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Middle East (all times local): 2:45 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence is greeting US soldiers at Shannon Airport in Ireland hours after the federal government shutdown. Pence shook hands and posed for photos with soldiers in the airport terminal during a re-fueling stop by Air Force Two. Pence tells some of the troops, "We'll get this thing figured...
The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local): 1:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished." Trump spoke Friday via video from the White House Rose Garden to thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered for the annual March for Life. He says he is the first president...
Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way." In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished." The moment marked...
Mom, wife who had 2nd online life found slain

Mom, wife who had 2nd online life found slain

Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month. West, 42, was found dead outside her home near Birmingham, and authorities are now faced with a question: Did West's online activities play...
Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animal’s nervous system. » RELATED: Killer herpes from Florida monkeys could pass to humans, scientists warn And scientists are concerned that the infection could make its way to humans.  Chronic wasting disease — or “zombie deer disease” — was first observed...
Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world. Laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense Department, Mattis warned...
Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer

Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison. More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing...
Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers

Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that's likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent...
Baltimore police leader fired after record year in homicides

Baltimore police leader fired after record year in homicides

Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore's police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings. Following a record year in per-capita homicides, Baltimore's mayor on Friday fired the city's police commissioner after 2 ½ years on the job and named DeSousa to...
Ex-employee: Michael Douglas fondled himself in front of her

Ex-employee: Michael Douglas fondled himself in front of her

A woman who worked for Michael Douglas in the late 1980s says he fondled himself in front of her — an allegation the actor has vigorously denied. Susan Braudy appeared Friday on NBC's "Today" show. Braudy, a journalist and author, says Douglas unbuckled his belt, put his hand into his trousers and fondled himself in her presence. She says a friend later cautioned her not to tell anyone...
The Latest: Doug Jones says he'll vote for budget bill

The Latest: Doug Jones says he'll vote for budget bill

The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Newly minted Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones is breaking ranks with party leaders and will vote for the House-passed Republican bill preventing a federal shutdown. Jones tells The Associated Press he will "reluctantly" vote for the measure late Friday. He says he's backing it because the measure contains fresh financing...
Trump’s travel expenses test boundaries of policy and politics

Trump’s travel expenses test boundaries of policy and politics

President Donald Trump has reveled in smashing political precedent, but on Thursday he followed his White House predecessors in one of Washington's usually unspoken traditions: blurring the lines between a campaign trip and official business.  Jetting aboard Air Force One for a quick day trip to western Pennsylvania, Trump delivered a 25-minute speech at a heavy equipment manufacturing company...
Kelly’s remarks unsettle a tense alliance at the White House

Kelly’s remarks unsettle a tense alliance at the White House

The one thing sure to make President Donald Trump angry, as anyone who has ever worked closely with him knows, is any suggestion that his staff is managing him.  Yet early Wednesday evening, after learning from a White House aide that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, had described his views about his signature campaign pledge to build a wall on the Mexico border as “not informed,&rdquo...
Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

When Jacques Despinosse lost a primary for the Florida House of Representatives in the 1990s, he chalked up his drubbing to the skepticism many voters had for candidates from what was then a relatively small Haitian diaspora.  But since then, Haitian-American politicians have made one electoral stride after another in the state, winning commission seats in the counties encompassing greater Miami...
As federal shutdown looms, GOP struggles to show that it governs

As federal shutdown looms, GOP struggles to show that it governs

The federal government late Thursday faced increasing odds of a partial shutdown, the culmination of a long period of budget warfare that has now imperiled what most lawmakers agree is the most basic task of governance.  The immediate challenge Thursday was a refusal by Senate Democrats to join with Republicans in passing legislation that would keep the government open for 30 more days while...
Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some 3 million apartments for low-income residents.  But the Republican tax plan approved last month amounts to a vast cutback...
Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka listed as ‘wanted’ on Hungarian police website

Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka listed as ‘wanted’ on Hungarian police website

Hungarian media reported Thursday that former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, a Hungarian citizen, was listed as "wanted" for arrest on the website of the country's policy.  The entry listed few details, but it appeared to indicate that the warrant stemmed from an incident of "firearm or ammunition abuse" and was issued in September 2016, less than two months before President...
Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new generation of alternative...
'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash

'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash

Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her "family burn." Police released 911 recordings Friday from the crash near the Colorado-New Mexico line that killed five people, including Zimbabwean opposition...
Experts: Shackled children face long road to recovery

Experts: Shackled children face long road to recovery

They are safe for now and, according to authorities, they are relieved. But the 13 children, aged 2 to 29, rescued from what was described as nothing less than a torture chamber will have years of therapy ahead, experts say, as they learn to live in a world that, until a week ago, they never really knew. Since arresting David and Louise Turpin earlier this week, authorities said they have learned...
Unseasonable warmth creates hazards in rugged rural Alaska

Unseasonable warmth creates hazards in rugged rural Alaska

Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation's largest — and usually coldest — state. Months of higher-than-normal temperatures in areas of rural Alaska have opened dangerous gaps in frozen rivers that residents use to travel from village to village and to hunting grounds since there are no roads. One troublesome ice highway is the half-mile-wide (0.8-kilometer-wide) Kuskokwim...
President Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

President Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights. "Love saves lives," the president said Friday from the White House Rose Garden, in an address broadcast to thousands of demonstrators in the annual March for Life. "We are with you all the way." Though...
Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse. Over 16 years that included hundreds of deadly U.S. drone strikes, Osama bin Laden's killing on Pakistani soil and accusations Pakistan helps insurgents that kill Americans, the reluctant allies never reached one point of no return: Pakistan closing the air routes to Afghanistan. It's an action that could...
Year-old 'resistance' now sets sights on the ballot box

Year-old 'resistance' now sets sights on the ballot box

The idea first came to Teresa Shook, a Hawaii retiree, in the hours after Donald Trump was elected. Perhaps, she suggested to a few friends on Facebook, women could march on Washington to show the depth of their resistance. Two days later, New York fashion designer Bob Bland joined the call for action with her own message. "Who wants to join me?!?" she asked. Turns out, a whole lot of people...
Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians. Pence departed...
Dem, GOP leaders already blame each other as shutdown looms

Dem, GOP leaders already blame each other as shutdown looms

A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening, seeking to...
Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised to not make the same kind of promises to just anyone. Cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee; and Gary, Indiana, failed to make Amazon's first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the...
EPA official: government must plan for climate change

EPA official: government must plan for climate change

A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House oversight subcommittee conflicts...
The work that won't get done during a government shutdown

The work that won't get done during a government shutdown

There's plenty that won't get done if thousands of federal employees are barred from working until dysfunctional Washington agrees on a plan to restore funding. Thousands of intelligence agency employees would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea's nuclear program remains high. Important biomedical and public health research would be interrupted and possibly damaged. Military veterans would...
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