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Trump proposal panned as workers face another lost paycheck

Jan. 22, 2019 2:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans pressed ahead Tuesday with a plan to reopen the government and finance President Donald Trump's long-stalled wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but Democrats said the legislation offers inadequate protections for "Dreamer" immigrants and Trump should reopen the...

The Latest: Pelosi says reopen government, then we'll talk

Jan. 22, 2019 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 2:10 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls President Donald Trump's offer to provide some deportation protections for immigrants along with for his $5.7 billion demand for the border wall with...

County commissioner Fuller running for Sen. Tillis' seat

Jan. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Democratic elected leader in North Carolina's largest county is running to try to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in 2020. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller announced his candidacy Tuesday in Charlotte, with about two dozen supporters in attendance. The...

Iowa Sen. Ernst says she turned down Trump during VP search

Jan. 22, 2019 2:06 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down President Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an "extremely painful journey" that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive. Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, wrote in an...

Harris Wofford, activist who served in Senate, dies at 92

Jan. 22, 2019 1:47 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford, a longtime civil rights activist who helped persuade John F. Kennedy to make a crucial phone call to the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960 presidential campaign, has died. He was 92. Wofford died in the hospital late Monday night...

Teen's death spurs federal, state safe gun storage bills

Jan. 22, 2019 1:11 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Still coping with the death of their teenage son a year ago, Michael and Kristin Song are on a mission that is helping to relieve some of their pain — advocating for tougher federal and state laws on safe gun storage aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of children....

House Democrats bringing new scrutiny to education secretary

Jan. 22, 2019 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of the House and its...

The shutdown today: No signs of progress

Jan. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 32: 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. Senate Republicans released late Monday legislation to implement President Donald...

Today in History

Jan. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2019. There are 343 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, legalized abortions using a trimester approach. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at his Texas ranch at...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's murky claims on weather, shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a cold snap to bring out the global-warming skepticism of President Donald Trump. The fact that periods of extreme cold happen in a warming climate is well known by his government but Trump's crack Sunday — "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old...