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The shutdown today: No signs of progress

Jan. 21, 2019 7:05 PM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 31: WHAT'S NEW Lawmakers marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with commemorative statements and memorial visits. But there appeared to be no movement on the shutdown front. Instead, Democrats continued to criticize a proposal President Donald Trump...

Houston home to rival Martin Luther King Day parades

Jan. 21, 2019 5:35 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — For more than two decades, Houston has had competing parades on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with organizers lobbing allegations of favoritism and conspiracy at each other and at city officials as the groups battled over permits and preferred starting times. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, up...

Atlanta's Confederate Avenue fades into history

Jan. 21, 2019 2:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in an Atlanta neighborhood are celebrating the renaming of Confederate Avenue. But the fate of Atlanta's many other Civil-War themed streets and markers remains undecided. The switch from Confederate Avenue to "United Avenue" is among the latest changes amid nationwide debate over...

Tornados inflict damage in Alabama town, Florida Panhandle

Jan. 20, 2019 3:32 PM EST

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Homes, businesses, government offices and churches were among the buildings badly damaged or demolished when tornadoes struck central Alabama over the weekend. The severe weather hit Saturday and another tornado was reported later that evening at an air base in the Florida Panhandle....

Polish PM calls for respect in public life after mayor slain

Jan. 20, 2019 3:19 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on politicians and public figures Sunday to make the public debate more respectful after the slaying of Gdansk city mayor which raised calls for national reconciliation. Morawiecki said that the death of Pawel Adamowicz...

Gillibrand, in Iowa, highlights family, children issues

Jan. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced herself to Iowa Democrats as a commonsense fighter for family and children issues as she made her first visit to the early-voting state as a 2020 presidential prospect. Unlike some of her potential rivals, Gillibrand was starting from...

Macedonia extends school break because of air pollution

Jan. 20, 2019 11:34 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has ordered the winter break for students to be extended to Jan. 23 because of extremely high levels of toxic particles in the air in many cities throughout the country. The government said in a statement Sunday that the measure is to "shorten the time of...

IRA dissidents suspected in Northern Ireland car bomb blast

Jan. 20, 2019 11:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland said Sunday they suspect Irish Republican Army dissidents were behind a car bombing outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry. Two men in their 20s have been arrested over the attack, which caused no injuries. Attackers hijacked a pizza delivery vehicle,...

Call for political action after Laquan McDonald cases

Jan. 20, 2019 3:36 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Activists and others who were disappointed by the outcome of two historic cases involving the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer see a way forward — by turning tragedy into political power. A judge on Friday sentenced former Chicago police...

Possible tornado hits small Alabama city's downtown

Jan. 19, 2019 8:57 PM EST

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — A possible tornado caused significant damage Saturday to a small Alabama city's downtown, leveling several buildings after an intense storm passed through the area. Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis told the Montgomery Advertiser that one injury was reported, but it wasn't serious. A senior...