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Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 of thousands of federal workers to return on Tuesday, cutting short what could have become a messy and costly impasse. The House approved the measure shortly thereafter, and President Donald Trump later signed it behind closed doors at the White House.


As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another
WASHINGTON (AP) - The swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown set the stage for hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return 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 measure shortly thereafter, sending the spending bill to President Donald Trump, who quickly signed it. Ali Niaz, a Department of Labor employee who was sent home Monday, took advantage of the partial three-day federal paralysis to tap into shutdown discounts offered by a tavern in the nation's capital.


Victims of sports doctor's abuse draw strength from others
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Clasina Syrovy would change the subject whenever someone asked if she knew former sports doctor Larry Nassar or mentioned news coverage of the unfolding scandal over his sexual abuse of young gymnasts. She didn't want to be "another Jane Doe on the list," said Syrovy, who competed for 15 years. She certainly didn't want to reveal herself publicly as a victim. "But as everything unfolded before my eyes like a really bad 'Lifetime' original movie based on true events, I gained some courage," Syrovy said in court Monday, confronting Nassar at his sentencing hearing. "After watching a few of my former teammates step up and say that this had happened to them also, I gained a little more." In an extraordinary scene unfolding in a Michigan courtroom, more than 140 women and girls are coming forward - far more than originally expected - to confront the man who molested them when they were vulnerable girls told to trust the doctor who could help them achieve their dreams.


Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he 'used to be' comedian
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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 crowd, he told stories, honored old friends and finished by leading the band in a set, first using his mouth to scat in place of a missing horn section and then taking a turn at the drums.


After girl's killing, Pakistani women speak out on abuse
KASUR, Pakistan (AP) - The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual abuse. Zainab's death has even given birth to a nascent Pakistani version of #me-too movement. A number of prominent Pakistani women have come forward with their own stories of sexual assault, saying they want to change traditions that consider abuse as a mark of shame for the victim.


Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee
LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) - The Philippines' most active volcano continued to spew fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 40,000 villagers to shelter in evacuation centers. Lava fountains gushed up 700 meters (2,300 feet) above Mount Mayon's crater and ash plumes rose up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) at night and before daybreak, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. An explosive eruption at noon Monday was the most powerful since the volcano started acting up more than a week ago. Authorities warned a violent eruption may occur in hours or days, characterized by more rumblings and pyroclastic flows - superheated gas and volcanic debris that race down the slopes at high speeds, vaporizing everything in their path.


Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 in this regard," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement announcing the decision. Most imported solar modules will face an immediate tariff of 30 percent, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years. For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 percent and phase out after three years.


India's Modi to pitch country's credentials to Davos forum
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - The World Economic Forum officially gets underway Tuesday with Indian leader Narendra Modi delivering the keynote speech. Modi was meant to be the event's highlight until President Donald Trump decided to come as well. Trump is due to speak Friday, though the U.S. government shutdown has put his presence in doubt. There will be much interest in Modi, who follows on from Chinese President Xi Jinping's address to the global elite at last year's event. Xi portrayed his country as a champion of free trade on the same week Trump was inaugurated president. Modi will likely tout India's economic successes and stress that his country is also open for business.


Del Toro's 'Shape of Water' poised to lead Oscar nominations
NEW YORK (AP) - Guillermo del Toro's lavish monster romance "The Shape of Water" will vie for the most Oscar nominations Tuesday, but just as much attention may be focused on categories where women could make history. Nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards will begin at 8:22 a.m. EST, with a second wave of nominees announced live on ABC's "Good Morning America" at 8:38 a.m. The announcement will also be live-streamed at Oscar.com and Oscars.org . Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis will join John Bailey, president of the film academy, to announce the nominees from Beverly Hills, California. While this year's Oscar race has been unusually wide-open, "The Shape of Water" has a chance to tie "All About Eve," ''Titanic" and "La La Land" with a record 14 nominations.


Big brother Granato prepared for role as US Olympic coach
Growing up as the oldest of six children, Tony Granato always seemed to be in charge. If that meant telling brothers Don and Robby to help their younger siblings put on their shoes or find their jackets, that's what he did. A decade or so later, those same qualities stood out on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team - even though defenseman Eric Weinrich and 15 other players were older than Granato. "I really looked up to Tony as a real leader and someone you could aspire to," Weinrich said. "He was really a mature guy for the group that we had.


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