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The Latest: House OKs Democratic bill to reopen government

Jan. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The House has passed a Democratic measure to reopen the government through Feb. 8 and provide $14 billion in emergency spending for recent hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. The bill was approved...

3 months after deadly NY crash, NTSB has yet to inspect limo

Jan. 16, 2019 6:07 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than three months after 20 people died in a stretch limousine crash in rural upstate New York, federal safety investigators have yet to get their hands on the most crucial piece of evidence: the wrecked vehicle itself. The National Transportation Safety Board says it has been...

Wrecks seen as wildfire areas brace for big California storm

Jan. 16, 2019 5:25 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Days of rain and snow across California have snarled rush-hour commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads even before the most intense storm hits Wednesday, with wildfire-ravished communities bracing for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents facing a "potentially...

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...

Show calls boy who stayed up for TV and saved family 'hero'

Jan. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EST

MINQUADALE, Del. (AP) — A 13-year-old Delaware boy credited with saving his family from a house fire when he stayed up late to watch TV has received a special delivery from the show's writers. The News Journal reports that Damir Carter defied his mom by staying up late to watch TV in early January, and was...

2 US service members, 2 US civilians killed in Syria blast

Jan. 16, 2019 4:02 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Two U.S. service members and two American civilians were among those killed in an explosion while conducting a patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the...

The Latest: 2 US troops, 2 US civilians dead in Syria blast

Jan. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Two U.S. soldiers and two American citizens were among those killed Wednesday in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. U.S. Central Command says one of the civilians was employed by the Defense Department and the other was a...

The Latest: Mudslide snarls commute over Golden Gate Bridge

Jan. 16, 2019 2:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): 11:55 a.m. A mudslide on a major Northern California freeway just north of the Golden Gate Bridge snarled the morning commute as road conditions throughout the state deteriorated amid heavy rain and snow. The California Highway Patrol...

Speeding tractor-trailer flattens Utah restaurant, 3 injured

Jan. 16, 2019 2:23 PM EST

WELLINGTON, Utah (AP) — A speeding tractor-trailer skidded off a snow-slicked road Wednesday and crashed into a restaurant in a small Utah town, flattening the establishment and injuring 3 people, authorities said. The truck was traveling too fast for conditions at about 6:30 a.m. when it went off a state...

Off-duty NYPD officer killed in crash with garbage truck

Jan. 16, 2019 2:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An off-duty New York City police officer was killed Wednesday morning in a head-on crash with a city-owned garbage truck in the Bronx. Brian Kessler, 28, was found unconscious and unresponsive in a mangled sedan on the side of a two-lane road around 8:20 a.m., the New York Police Department...