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In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. American's U.N. envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile....

Border wall, health care jeopardize bill days from shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Partisan disputes over health care and President Donald Trump's border wall threw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy Monday days ahead of a government shutdown deadline....

Closed parks, furloughs, 'Green Eggs': A look at shutdowns
Disputes over spending and health care in a divided Washington have triggered shutdowns of the federal government in recent years. Republicans now control the White House and Congress, and if lawmakers and President Donald Trump fail to agree on a spending bill by midnight Friday, a shutdown of an all-GOP government would occur for the first time in modern history....

Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow....

Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy....

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market....

GM appeal of ignition switch ruling rejected by high court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims....

US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday....

Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women's conference
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump's advocacy for women and girls will take her to a women's conference in Berlin Tuesday, in an international outing she hopes will build global support for investment in women's economic empowerment programs....

Trump administration sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration issued sanctions Monday on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency responsible for producing non-conventional weapons, part of an ongoing U.S. crackdown on Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons....

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