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White House shutdown strategy: Keep Trump contained

White House shutdown strategy: Keep Trump contained

As negotiations to keep the government open stalled Friday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called President Donald Trump and told him he should prepare for a shutdown.  Trump, ever eager for a deal, responded by asking who else he should call and suggested he dial Democrats or try Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., again, one person familiar with the conversation...
Trump hits solar panels, washing machines with tariffs

Trump hits solar panels, washing machines with tariffs

President Donald Trump is signing a measure Tuesday imposing tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The administration says the decision is part of Trump's pledge to put American companies and jobs first. The administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 percent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before...
Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

The Trump administration on Tuesday pressed ahead with efforts to convince European allies to add tough new requirements to the Iran nuclear deal, a move met with deep skepticism in France where the foreign minister insisted "signatories must stand by their word." A day after similar talks in London with British officials, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with French Foreign Minister...
Tensions between Sessions, FBI over senior personnel from Comey era

Tensions between Sessions, FBI over senior personnel from Comey era

FBI Director Christopher Wray has been resisting pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replace his deputy director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of criticism from President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.  The tensions over the issue of McCabe, and other high-level FBI officials who served during James Comey's tenure at the FBI have bubbled up to the White...
Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of the state's coast and sending some residents fleeing to higher ground. Officials at the National Tsunami Center canceled the warning after a few tense hours after waves failed to show up in coastal Alaska communities. Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management...
Latest: Fire chief praises calm reaction after Alaska quake

Latest: Fire chief praises calm reaction after Alaska quake

The Latest on an Alaska earthquake that prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska, Canada's British Columbia and the West Coast of the U.S. (all times local): 4 a.m. The fire chief of a popular Alaska cruise ship port city says there was no panic as residents reacted to a tsunami warning triggered by an earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska. Seward fire chief Eddie Athey praised his community for doing...
US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

Turkey's air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from international efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian relief work, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis raised the matter in an exchange with reporters after unrelated meetings in the Indonesia capital with senior government officials. He made clear that...
Hope, fear as Puerto Rico moves to privatize power company

Hope, fear as Puerto Rico moves to privatize power company

The announcement that Puerto Rico's governor is moving to privatize the U.S. territory's public power company has many on the island of 3.3 million people asking whether this will finally bring them more affordable electric bills and more reliable service. More than 30 percent of customers are still without electricity more than four months after Hurricane Maria, and many blame that and previous blackouts...
Gun industry gathers just a few miles from mass shooting

Gun industry gathers just a few miles from mass shooting

The gun industry is holding its biggest annual trade show this week just a few miles from where a gunman slaughtered 58 concertgoers outside his high-rise Las Vegas hotel room in October using a display case worth of weapons, many of them fitted with bump stocks that enabled them to mimic fully automatic fire. What exactly will be among the thousands of products crammed into the exhibition spaces...
Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

Solar energy is booming in the United States, but companies riding the wave fear that President Donald Trump could undercut them this week if he decides to impose new tariffs on imported solar panels. Businesses that install solar-power systems are benefiting from a glut of cheaper panels made overseas, mostly in Asia. That has made solar power more competitive with electricity generated from coal...
Jury: Ex-Sheriff Clarke did not violate man's free speech

Jury: Ex-Sheriff Clarke did not violate man's free speech

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke did not violate a man's free speech with taunting Facebook posts after detaining him at an airport last year for shaking his head at Clarke while boarding a flight, a federal jury has concluded. In a civil lawsuit against Clarke, Daniel Black argued he received hateful messages and was fearful after Clarke called him a "snowflake" online and said...
Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours

Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours

President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious issues. The vote set the stage for hundreds...
Out of character, Trump keeps his distance as shutdown ends

Out of character, Trump keeps his distance as shutdown ends

As the shutdown of the federal government lumbered toward an end, President Donald Trump remained out of sight, suppressing his instincts to become part of the story by making a deal or picking a fight. Trump told allies over the weekend that he hated being on the sidelines, but he followed the recommendations of his staff and key congressional Republicans and removed himself from the negotiations...
As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another

As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another

The swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown has enabled hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return to work Tuesday, but some say they fear they could find themselves in limbo again in a few more weeks. Congress sped toward moving to reopen government after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations on Monday afternoon. The House approved the...
As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another

As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another

The swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown has enabled hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return to work Tuesday, but some say they fear they could find themselves in limbo again in a few more weeks. Congress sped toward moving to reopen government after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations on Monday afternoon. The House approved the...
US says it wants to help Indonesia provide maritime security

US says it wants to help Indonesia provide maritime security

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration wants to help Indonesia play a central role in maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region. Mattis spoke briefly to reporters Tuesday after meeting with his Indonesian counterpart. His visit to Jakarta reflects one of the key tenets of the broad national security strategy that he publicly unveiled last Friday in Washington — building...
Jury: Clarke, ex-sheriff in Milwaukee, didn't violate speech

Jury: Clarke, ex-sheriff in Milwaukee, didn't violate speech

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke did not violate a man's free speech with taunting Facebook posts after detaining him at an airport last year for shaking his head at Clarke while boarding a flight, a federal jury concluded Monday night. In a civil lawsuit against Clarke, Daniel Black argued he received hateful messages and was fearful after Clarke called him a "snowflake" online...
Feds move to replace US border barriers in New Mexico

Feds move to replace US border barriers in New Mexico

The Trump administration announced Monday it was preparing to replace existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico that officials call "an area of high illegal entry." The notice published in the Federal Register said the area extends around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. According to the notice, the U.S. Department of...
Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he 'used to be' comedian

Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he 'used to be' comedian

Bill Cosby performed in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he "used to be a comedian" and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault case. The 80-year-old entertainer took the stage for about an hour Monday night at a Philadelphia jazz club for his first show since May 2015. Before a friendly...
Embattled Missouri governor proposes more cuts to colleges

Embattled Missouri governor proposes more cuts to colleges

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens proposed another round of cuts to public colleges and universities Monday during a budget announcement that also marked his first public appearance since acknowledging an extramarital affair nearly two weeks ago. While unveiling a recommended $28.8 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, the Republican governor said increased spending on health care "...
The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

The Latest on President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Mexico says it regrets the United States' decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels. It says it will "use all available legal resources in response to the U.S. decision." It says its inclusion in the application of protections...
Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

President Donald Trump on Monday approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican's decision followed recommendations for tariffs by the U.S. International Trade Commission. "The president's action makes clear again that the Trump administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses...
Lawyers: Inmate awaiting execution no longer remembers crime

Lawyers: Inmate awaiting execution no longer remembers crime

Alabama asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to let the state proceed with executing a 67-year-old inmate who lawyers say has suffered strokes and dementia and cannot remember killing a police officer decades ago. The Alabama attorney general's office asked justices to reject inmate Vernon Madison's request for a stay of his lethal injection set for Thursday. Madison's attorneys have asked justices...
As shutdown deal reached, Trump stays out of sight

As shutdown deal reached, Trump stays out of sight

As the shutdown of the federal government lumbered toward an end on Monday, President Donald Trump remained out of sight, suppressing his instincts to make himself part of the story by making a deal or picking a fight. Trump told allies over the weekend that he hated being on the sidelines, but he followed the recommendations of his staff and key congressional Republicans and removed himself from...
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island reopen amid shutdown

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island reopen amid shutdown

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are now open for visitors, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers during the 69-hour shutdown. The two sites reopened on Monday after being closed due to the shutdown which ended late Monday when President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the federal government. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced their reopening on Sunday, saying the sites...
Deputies move to clear big California homeless encampment

Deputies move to clear big California homeless encampment

Southern California authorities on Monday went tent to tent telling the homeless living in a 2-mile-long (3.2-kilometer-long) encampment that the large riverbed encampment some have called home for years is being closed down. Orange County sheriff's deputies called out to tent dwellers on the dusty trail designed for biking and jogging, letting them know county workers will haul their trash, store...
Back to work: Government shutdown ends after Dems relent

Back to work: Government shutdown ends after Dems relent

President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious issues. The vote set the stage for hundreds...
Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole property including cellphones, computers and jewelry, officials said. He collected his fare payments through the smartphone...
Heat-not-burn cigarette alternative faces US scrutiny

Heat-not-burn cigarette alternative faces US scrutiny

A device that heats tobacco without burning it reduces some of the harmful chemicals in traditional cigarettes, but government scientists say it's unclear if that translates into lower rates of disease for smokers who switch. U.S. regulators published a mixed review Monday of the closely watched cigarette alternative from Philip Morris International. The company hopes to market the electronic device...
Nearly 100 Taco Bell fans in Alabama hold vigil after Montgomery Taco Bell burns down

Nearly 100 Taco Bell fans in Alabama hold vigil after Montgomery Taco Bell burns down

When a beloved Taco Bell restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama, went up in flames last week, the fire destroyed more than the building. No, no one was actually harmed in the fire, but it seemed to leave many Taco Bell fans in mourning. » RELATED: Here’s what some of the biggest fast food chains used to look like In fact, more than 100 of them gathered Sunday evening for an actual ...
Slain officer remembered for tough, but caring demeanor

Slain officer remembered for tough, but caring demeanor

A South Carolina sheriff's deputy who was killed last week in an ambush was known for walking around with a scowl most of the time. Despite his tough look, York County Det. Mike Doty had a passion for helping people, including addicts and teens who wanted to become police officers one day. Thousands of people turned out for Doty's funeral Monday at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was...
What is a ‘Finsta?’ Teens and their secret Instagram accounts

What is a ‘Finsta?’ Teens and their secret Instagram accounts

You’re probably familiar with the popular photo sharing social media app Instagram, but have you ever heard of a “Finsta?” » RELATED: GSU soccer player suspended from team after using racial epithet on ‘Finsta’ account A Finsta, a combination of the words “fake” and “Instagram,” is essentially a fake second Instagram...
Schumer's 'cave'? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader

Schumer's 'cave'? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader

Republicans tried to make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the face of the government shutdown. Now, he's becoming the face of the Democratic retreat. For two days, Schumer, perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, succeeded in keeping his party unified in a bid to use the government funding fight to push for protections for some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally...
Officials: 5 missing, fire out after Oklahoma rig explosion

Officials: 5 missing, fire out after Oklahoma rig explosion

Five people are missing after a fiery explosion ripped through an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig on Monday, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled on the ground, emergency officials said. More than 20 employees were at the natural gas well site when the blast was reported around 8:45 a.m., Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said. Aerial footage showed several fires...
Dakota Access protester pleads guilty in shooting incident

Dakota Access protester pleads guilty in shooting incident

A Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers while being arrested for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota pleaded guilty Monday to two federal charges in a deal with prosecutors. The agreement means Red Fawn Fallis won't stand trial, where she could have faced up to life in prison if convicted. Instead, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of no more than seven years in...
‘Defiance Disorder’: Another new book describes chaos in Trump’s White House

‘Defiance Disorder’: Another new book describes chaos in Trump’s White House

In late July, the White House had just finished an official policy review on transgender individuals serving in the military and President Donald Trump and his then-chief of staff, Reince Priebus, had agreed to meet in the Oval Office to discuss the four options awaiting the president in a decision memo.  But then Trump unexpectedly preempted the conversation and sent his entire administration...
The Latest: Tillerson says US discussing Syria security zone

The Latest: Tillerson says US discussing Syria security zone

The Latest on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is discussing with Turkey and others the possibility of setting up a security zone on the Syria border to address Turkey's concerns about a Kurdish enclave there. Tillerson said Monday while traveling in Europe that the U.S. recognizes Turkey's "...
US approves land exchange for road through Alaska refuge

US approves land exchange for road through Alaska refuge

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement Monday that could lead to construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, portraying the exchange as a people-versus-wildlife issue. Environmental groups have said they will fight to keep a road out of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and its internationally recognized habitat for migrating waterfowl. Surrounded by Alaska...
The Latest: Pence calls report on Trump affair

The Latest: Pence calls report on Trump affair "baseless"

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's interview with The Associated Press (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says reports that an adult film star had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump are "baseless allegations." Pence spoke to The Associated Press during a visit to Jerusalem on Monday. He said he was "not going to comment on the latest baseless allegations...
Pence defends Trump on disparaging comments about Africa

Pence defends Trump on disparaging comments about Africa

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump on his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president's "heart" is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants' "race or creed." Pence, in an interview with the AP from Jerusalem, said the president was intent on implementing a merit-based...
Student: Boy arrested in school shooting has violent past

Student: Boy arrested in school shooting has violent past

A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Texas high school on Monday had a history of aggressive actions at school, a fellow student said. The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was airlifted to a hospital in Dallas following the shooting inside the cafeteria at Italy High School, which is in the small town of Italy about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Dallas. The boy fled after...
The Latest: Israel PM praises Pence speech, approach to Iran

The Latest: Israel PM praises Pence speech, approach to Iran

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Israel's prime minister is praising U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Knesset as a "powerful expression of the enduring bond between our two countries," and notes their shared work to prevent Iran from destabilizing the region. Benjamin Netanyahu says the two leaders discussed "common...
US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast

US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast

U.S. authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism. The Transportation Security Administration order is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks in response to "persistent threats to aviation," TSA said in a statement. The countries falling under this order...
Why other countries don’t have government shutdowns

Why other countries don’t have government shutdowns

Hundreds of thousands of workers are expected to stay home this week, after the Senate was unable to reach a deal Sunday night to end the government shutdown which began three days ago. This may not be the first time in recent history that funding for government operations and agencies was interrupted — since 1976, there have been 19 shutdowns — but to observers abroad the temporary turmoil...
White House says Trump focused on minimizing shutdown harm

White House says Trump focused on minimizing shutdown harm

The White House says President Donald Trump is focused on minimizing the harm Democrats are causing through the government shutdown. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that managing the shutdown is the "biggest part of the process" for Trump. She says the president is taking the "absolute opposite approach" from President Barack Obama's administration, which she says...
Town beset by traffic via navigation apps closes off streets

Town beset by traffic via navigation apps closes off streets

A small town near the world's busiest bridge is putting up the "keep out" sign for motorists seeking a shortcut to it, the latest example of the effects navigation apps are having on communities located near major chokepoints. As a response to apps like Waze and Apple Maps that reroute some of the tens of thousands of vehicles headed to the George Washington Bridge each morning, Leonia on...
Supreme Court sides with police over partygoers in wild bash

Supreme Court sides with police over partygoers in wild bash

The Supreme Court sided Monday with police over partygoers in a dispute about arrests at a 2008 bash at a vacant home that had been turned into a makeshift strip club. The high court ruled that police had sufficient reason to make arrests at the raucous party, which took place in a District of Columbia duplex furnished only with a few metal chairs and a mattress. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas...
Shutdown's political 'pingpong game' frustrates workers

Shutdown's political 'pingpong game' frustrates workers

Some federal workers reacted to the government shutdown Monday with anger, some with worry and others were happy to have a day off, not unlike a student learning of a snow day. The shutdown effectively cleaved the federal workforce in half as hundreds of thousands of workers were sent home while others who were declared essential stayed on the job. While Congress appeared ready to reopen the government...
Who was Sergei Eisenstein? Google honors Soviet film pioneer, ‘father of montage’

Who was Sergei Eisenstein? Google honors Soviet film pioneer, ‘father of montage’

In honor of what would have been Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein’s 120th birthday, search engine giant Google created a special doodle tribute for its homepage. » RELATED: Google honors Mexican singer Pedro Infante with doodle He’s known as the “father of montage.” Eisenstein, who was born in Russia in 1898, was the mastermind behind montage...
China to U.S.: It’s your fault we are in the South China Sea

China to U.S.: It’s your fault we are in the South China Sea

Beijing has a message for the Trump administration: the more ships you send to the contested waters of the South China Sea, the more we will bolster our presence there.  The warning, delivered in a People's Daily commentary published Monday, came days after the USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, a reef China seized from Philippine control in 2012. "A U.S. ship...
Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Here’s why it doesn’t.

Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Here’s why it doesn’t.

A government shutdown is like the weather. Everyone talks about it but nobody does anything about it.  There's one big difference between the weather and shutdown, however. Nobody can do anything about the weather while members of Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Indeed, they usually do, with only four "true" shutdowns in modern times according to the Committee for a Responsible...
The Latest: Trump signs bill reopening government

The Latest: Trump signs bill reopening government

The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has signed a bill reopening the government, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. The shutdown took effect Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, but the White House maintains...
With a porn star on stage, a strip club and a presidency meet

With a porn star on stage, a strip club and a presidency meet

One by one, the patrons lurched to the stage’s edge, summoned by the siren song of stale arena rock and toplessness — a sea of large men with small bills and slight smiles, plainly convinced that America has been plenty great for some time now.  It was a special kind of Saturday, and the cover charge showed: $20 at the door, double the usual, though far less than the reported executive...
A president not sure of what he wants complicates the shutdown impasse

A president not sure of what he wants complicates the shutdown impasse

When President Donald Trump mused last year about protecting immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, calling them “these incredible kids,” aides implored him privately to stop talking about them so sympathetically.  When he batted around the idea of granting them citizenship over a Chinese dinner at the White House last year with Democratic leaders, Trump&rsquo...
Tillerson sees progress in fixing Iran deal with Europeans

Tillerson sees progress in fixing Iran deal with Europeans

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that he sees progress in getting European support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. After meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, national security adviser Mark Sedwill and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Tillerson said they had agreed to set up a working group of experts...
Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers Monday that the U.S. would put plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on a fast track, drawing angry denunciations from Arabs who were forcibly removed from the hall during his speech before Israel's parliament. The Trump administration's plan to accelerate the move of the embassy, announced in the first address of a sitting American vice president...
50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties

50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties

A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for the United States to compete with China and Russia. Mattis, a retired general who entered the Marine Corps during Vietnam...
End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster

End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster

Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues. Senate Republican leader McConnell's commitment to quickly tackle the issue of immigrant "Dreamers" was contingent on Democrats providing enough...
After a challenging first year, Trump has hands full

After a challenging first year, Trump has hands full

The sequel to President Donald Trump's first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease. After 365 days in the Oval Office, Trump has found that his drive to deliver quickly on campaign promises has yielded to the sobering reality of governing — and the prospect of an electoral rebuke in...
Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America's lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal match that covered those enrollees, the state is calling on voters to decide how to pay for its ballooning Medicaid costs. A special election on Tuesday asks Oregonians whether...
Man apologizes, sentenced to 22 years for US terrorism plot

Man apologizes, sentenced to 22 years for US terrorism plot

An Ohio man who admitted he plotted to kill U.S. military members after receiving training in Syria apologized to his family and adopted country Monday before a federal judge sentenced him to 22 years in prison. After returning to the U.S., Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud planned to fly to Texas and attack the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth in an attempt to free Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani...
Few arrests as Eagles fans take to streets to celebrate

Few arrests as Eagles fans take to streets to celebrate

Philadelphia police say few arrests have been made amid celebrations following the Eagles' NFC championship game victory. The arrests came as thousands of fans took to the streets following the Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. The Eagles advanced to their first Super Bowl since 2005, against the AFC champion New England Patriots. After Sunday's game, huge crowds gathered...
3 men shot in midtown Manhattan near Macy's, no arrests made

3 men shot in midtown Manhattan near Macy's, no arrests made

Three men have been shot and wounded in midtown Manhattan in an area that is traditionally buzzing with tourists near the Empire State Building and Macy's. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon on West 31st Street. The victims were taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Police say two men were arguing when one of them drew a gun and fired several shots. They...
The Latest: TV meteorologist behind The Weather Channel dies

The Latest: TV meteorologist behind The Weather Channel dies

The Latest on the death of John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A broadcaster who co-founded The Weather Channel but later drew anger from people for his open distrust of climate change has died in Las Vegas. John Coleman was 83. Coleman was the original meteorologist on ABC's "Good Morning America" during a six-decade broadcasting career. His wife...
Talk by conservative speaker planned at UConn

Talk by conservative speaker planned at UConn

A conservative speaker whose appearance at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall sparked protests is scheduled to speak this week at the University of Connecticut. Ben Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of conservative news and commentary site The Daily Wire, is scheduled to appear Wednesday evening at an event hosted by UConn's College Republicans. The talk comes two months after a speech...
California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens

California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens

A coastal California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopened Sunday after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region, state officials said. Traffic began moving again on U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara County shortly after noon, according to Jim Shivers, spokesman for the California Department of Transportation. Officials had promised a day earlier that the highway would...
Appeals court to hear arguments on DC sniper's sentence

Appeals court to hear arguments on DC sniper's sentence

Bob Meyers doesn't want partial justice for his brother. He wants full justice. And to him, that means leaving D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo's sentence just the way it is: life in prison, with no chance of ever getting out. A federal judge has given a glimmer of hope to Malvo, who was 17 when he was arrested in the random shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in and around the nation's capital...
House Speaker Ryan remains non-committal about re-election

House Speaker Ryan remains non-committal about re-election

House Speaker Paul Ryan is still being non-committal about whether he'll seek re-election to an 11th term. The Republican says that's a decision he always makes with his wife "each and every term" before Wisconsin's filing deadline. The deadline this year is June 1. Ryan adds "I'm not going to share my thinking with you before I even talk to my wife." Ryan is being asked about...
Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial. Daniel Black sued the sheriff for having deputies detain him and question him at Milwaukee's airport, but Clarke's taunting social media posts remain the focus of the case. Here's a look at history of the case and the legal issues that will play out...
'Jumanji' tops box office for third straight weekend

'Jumanji' tops box office for third straight weekend

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" outdid another weekend's worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures. "Jumanji," starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, sold $20 million in tickets, according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its five-week domestic...
Sequel to Trump's first year opens with crises, unease

Sequel to Trump's first year opens with crises, unease

The sequel to President Donald Trump's first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease. After 365 days in the Oval Office, Trump has found that his drive to deliver quickly on campaign promises has yielded to the sobering reality of governing — and the prospect of an electoral rebuke in...
Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump administration would demand that lawmakers reopen the government. Pence said service members and their families "shouldn't have to worry about getting paid." "...
Indoor velodrome expected to draw cyclists to Detroit

Indoor velodrome expected to draw cyclists to Detroit

An indoor cycling track in Detroit is expected to draw bike riders from other cold-weather states and across the U.S. while giving inner-city youth the opportunity to participate for free in the fast-moving and growing sport. The Lexus Velodrome, which will have its grand opening Monday, is in an inflatable, climate-controlled dome a few miles north of a new professional hockey and basketball arena...
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 insists immigration talk comes later

The Latest: Trump insists immigration talk comes later

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 10:50 p.m. As the Senate appears to inch closer to an agreement to end a shutdown, the White House says President Donald Trump won't budge on his demand that Democrats vote to reopen the government before negotiating on immigration policy. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders accuses Democrats of trying to distract from Trump's first-year...
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...
Women's marches organizers hope to keep building momentum

Women's marches organizers hope to keep building momentum

Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that participants hope will continue building momentum for equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment. "This is a birthday party for a movement that has only begun to flex its power to change this democracy,"...
Global female empowerment marches enter second day

Global female empowerment marches enter second day

Demonstrations in support of female empowerment are scheduled in cities across the country Sunday, a day after hundreds of thousands of people across the globe marched, chanted and protested. Marches are scheduled in several cities, including Miami, Melbourne and Munich. On Saturday, many not only supported women's rights, but also denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion...
'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...
Shutdown extends into workweek, as Senate talks continue

Shutdown extends into workweek, as Senate talks continue

The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said negotiations were still underway late into the night, with a vote to break a Democratic...
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 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 tried to reassure the monarch that the U.S. was committed to restarting peace efforts and to a two-state solution...
Shutdown derails CDC panel on poisoned vets

Shutdown derails CDC panel on poisoned vets

Tara Craver had packed her suitcase in the back of her black pickup truck on Sunday, ready for her 10-hour trip from South Florida to the VA offices in Atlanta, but the government shutdown foiled her plan. Craver has been on a mission to help Marines poisoned by toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A community meeting on the issue was scheduled at the CDC on Tuesday, but the government&rsquo...
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...
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