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The shutdown today: Trump grounds Pelosi trip abroad

Jan. 18, 2019 12:45 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 28: WHAT'S NEW The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned into an escalating game of constitutional brinksmanship as he denied her a military plane to visit troops in Afghanistan in apparent retaliation for her...

Police seek volunteers to get drunk for them; many respond

Jan. 17, 2019 4:33 PM EST

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department's request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response. The Kutztown Police Department sought three volunteers to drink hard liquor to the point of inebriation so officers could be trained how to...

Davis Cup feud between Hewitt, Tomic deepens Down Under

Jan. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The feud between Australia's Davis Cup captain and an exiled player escalated at the season-opening major when Lleyton Hewitt said Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family. Tomic, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011, followed his first-round loss at the Australian Open by...

Zimbabwe pastor faces subversion charge amid economic unrest

Jan. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is "heartbreaking" to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting a...

Kenyan police say 11 arrested after deadly hotel attack

Jan. 17, 2019 11:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities on Thursday arrested nine more people for their alleged involvement in the deadly extremist attack on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi this week, bringing the total number of suspects detained to 11, police said. The suspects, "are being questioned on their...

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

Jan. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S. The social media company said its latest effort to fight misinformation came after it found two networks "that...

Saudi women runaways rebel against system of male control

Jan. 17, 2019 9:15 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi who fled her family. Identified only as Nojoud al-Mandeel on Twitter, her case differs from that of al-Qunun. She...

2020 Democrats face a choice: Fight Trump or ignore him?

Jan. 17, 2019 6:06 AM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — When Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage earlier this month at this city's ornate Orpheum Theatre, Tricia Currans-Sheehan posed a pointed question to the expected presidential contender. "Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald Trump more fodder to be a bully?" the Iowa...

Giant rotating ice disk stops moving

Jan. 17, 2019 5:38 AM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame seems to have met its end. The formation in the Presumpscot River in Greater Portland stopped rotating Wednesday, two days after a video of its mesmerizing movement was widely shared on social media. The roughly...

Zimbabwe police arrest 600 in harsh crackdown on protests

Jan. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles detained a prominent activist and pastor on Wednesday, part of more than 600 arrests, in a harsh crackdown over protests against dramatic fuel price hikes in the economically shattered country. A doctors' group said it had treated more than 60...