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Government shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

Jan. 16, 2019 7:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate...

Outpouring of generosity for TSA workers, others without pay

Jan. 16, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The partial government shutdown is a double-whammy for Cara and Philip Mangone, a married couple from Philadelphia. Both are agents with the Transportation Safety Administration, both working full time at the Philadelphia airport. Neither knows when they might again start drawing their paychecks. Part-time jobs...

Michigan State President Engler says he'll resign next week

Jan. 16, 2019 7:45 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The former governor brought in to help Michigan State recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal resigned Wednesday as the school's interim president amid backlash over his comments about some of the ex-sports doctor's victims. John Engler, who had resisted earlier pressure to...

May wins no-confidence vote, but still is beset by Brexit

Jan. 16, 2019 5:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office — but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. May won a narrow victory, 325 votes to...

American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

Jan. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness. Marzieh Hashemi, who worked for the network's...

Death toll in Nairobi attack climbs to 21, plus 5 attackers

Jan. 16, 2019 5:01 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The death toll from an extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed, police said Wednesday in the aftermath of the brazen overnight siege by al-Shabab gunmen. Two people accused of facilitating the attack were...

The Latest: Michigan State president says he'll quit Jan. 23

Jan. 16, 2019 6:46 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Michigan State University's interim president (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Michigan State University's interim president says he's stepping down in a week in response to a request from the school's governing board. John Engler sent an 11-page...

John Bogle, founder of Vanguard, dies at 89

Jan. 16, 2019 6:38 PM EST

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — John C. Bogle, who simplified investing for the masses by launching the first index mutual fund and founded Vanguard Group, died Wednesday, the company said. He was 89. Bogle did not invent the index fund, but he expanded access to no-frills, low-cost investing in 1976 when...

Syria attack kills 4 Americans, raising questions on pullout

Jan. 16, 2019 7:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month after President Donald Trump declared that IS had been defeated and he was pulling out U.S. forces. The...

The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

Jan. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance...

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FBI: Man wanted to attack White House with anti-tank rocket

Jan. 16, 2019 8:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who had detailed plans to use an anti-tank rocket to storm into the White House was arrested in a sting Wednesday after he traded his car for guns and explosives, authorities said. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming was arrested Wednesday and is charged with attempting to...

ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

Jan. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17...

The Latest: Ex-California lawmaker denies sexual misconduct

Jan. 16, 2019 8:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Assembly's harassment report (all times local): 4:55 p.m. A former California state lawmaker is denying that he made unwanted sexual advances before he resigned in 2017. A state Assembly investigation made public Wednesday says an outside investigator upheld...

Massachusetts House to probe claim of inappropriate conduct

Jan. 16, 2019 8:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is forming a special committee to investigate reports of inappropriate conduct during an orientation cocktail hour for newly elected lawmakers. The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that a DeLeo aide said the Democrat has received secondhand reports from...

Storm hitting California sets off crashes, highway closures

Jan. 16, 2019 8:12 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rain and snow falling across California have forced the closure of a major freeway, snarled commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads Wednesday as wildfire-ravished communities braced for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents faced a "potentially life-threatening"...

SpaceX to build Mars spaceship in Texas, not Los Angeles

Jan. 16, 2019 8:02 PM EST

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX says it will build its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles, dealing another blow to the local economy only days after the company announced massive layoffs. The Southern California-based company announced Wednesday that test versions of its...

Governor's report: Salmon runs not improving despite efforts

Jan. 16, 2019 8:00 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new Washington state report says that despite two decades of recovery efforts, some salmon runs still declining. The report , released Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee's Salmon Recovery Office, found that in most of the state, salmon populations are below recovery goals. Fifteen of...

Officials: Pit bulls that attacked woman euthanized

Jan. 16, 2019 7:59 PM EST

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Officials say two pit bulls that attacked a Mississippi woman have been euthanized. Adams County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jerry Brown tells The Natchez Democrat that the female and male dogs were euthanized Jan. 9. According to Brown, a veterinarian said the dogs were too...

Survey: Offensive sexual jokes top harassment list at UN

Jan. 16, 2019 7:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A survey of sexual harassment within the far-flung United Nations system found that a third of respondents experienced at least one incident in the last two years — most commonly sexual stories or jokes that were offensive. The online survey conducted by the consulting company...

Gov. Little: Climate change is real, must be reversed

Jan. 16, 2019 7:59 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. The 64-year-old Republican...