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As a gov't shutdown looms, here's a look at the border wall

Dec. 18, 2018 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers are in a standoff over funding the government, and the main sticking point is Trump's demand for $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said during the campaign he was going to make Mexico pay for the barrier —...

US: German company to plead guilty in VW emissions scheme

Dec. 18, 2018 7:27 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. authorities say a German engineering company has agreed to plead guilty and pay $35 million for its role in the Volkswagen vehicle emissions scandal. The Justice Department said Tuesday that IAV has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy in Detroit federal court on Jan. 18. The government...

Wetlands, lakes would lose protections under Michigan bill

Dec. 18, 2018 7:23 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan legislators were poised Tuesday to remove legal protections from many of the state's wetlands and other inland waterways, which provide wildlife habitat and perform vital tasks such as preventing floods. A bill approved by a House committee would eliminate a requirement to...

Gambling capital: DC votes to legalize sports betting

Dec. 18, 2018 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — City lawmakers in Washington have voted to legalize sports betting, making the nation's capital the first U.S. jurisdiction without casinos to authorize sports books. The D.C. Council voted 11-2 on Tuesday to authorize betting on professional sports at the city's stadiums and arenas,...

Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

Dec. 18, 2018 5:53 PM EST

A Yemeni mother on Tuesday won her fight for a waiver from the Trump administration's travel ban that would allow her to go to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Shaima Swileh planned to fly to San Francisco on Wednesday after the U.S. State Department granted her a visa, said Basim Elkarra of the...

Hungary: Opposition vows renewed protests after holiday lull

Dec. 18, 2018 5:40 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Street demonstrations against recent labor law changes in Hungary appeared to wane on their sixth day, but opposition lawmakers vowed Tuesday to pursue legal and parliamentary avenues to thwart the government while allowing for a Christmastime lull. About 150 to 200 people...

Farmers urged to support Trump rollback of water rules

Dec. 18, 2018 5:34 PM EST

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday called on farmers to throw their support behind a proposal to withdraw federal protections for many of the country's waterways and wetlands. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny...

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

Dec. 18, 2018 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and were used during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  The regulation gives gun owners until late March to turn in or destroy the...

The Latest: NRA 'disappointed' by bump stock ban

Dec. 18, 2018 4:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's move to ban bump stocks (all times local): 3:55 p.m. The National Rifle Association is "disappointed" with the Trump administration's plan to outlaw bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire continuously. Spokeswoman Jennifer Baker...

Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

Dec. 18, 2018 3:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and the...