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Shutdown reaches Day 28 as Trump, Pelosi feud heats up again

Jan. 18, 2019 9:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing political powers from opposite...

Congress to probe report that Trump directed lawyer to lie

Jan. 18, 2019 9:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairmen of two House committees pledged Friday to investigate a report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney to lie to Congress about negotiations over a real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 election. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam...

McConnell's maneuvers take backseat to Trump in shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 9:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's guiding principles is: "There's no education in the second kick of a mule." Now, deep into a government shutdown he cautioned President Donald Trump against, McConnell is not about to let himself be kicked again. The Republican leader has...

Zimbabwe in 'total internet shutdown' amid violent crackdown

Jan. 18, 2019 7:25 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe on Friday faced a "total internet shutdown," a media group said, after a days-long violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital after alleged assaults by security forces. "Our country is...

Pompeo, NKorean official to meet about possible Kim summit

Jan. 18, 2019 9:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol on Friday for talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The State Department announced the late-morning meeting, and other...

On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs

Jan. 18, 2019 9:08 AM EST

Tesla, recognizing as imperative its ability to produce a cheaper electric car, told employees Friday that it must cut 7 percent of its workforce. Tesla's cheapest model right now is the $44,000 Model 3, and it needs to broaden its customer base to survive. "Looking ahead at our mission of accelerating the advent...

May's foes gather as Britain's Brexit stalemate drags on

Jan. 18, 2019 7:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Talks to end Britain's Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked Friday, with neither Prime Minister Theresa May nor the main opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions. May has been meeting with politicians from several parties in a bid to find a way forward after her European...

Death toll in Colombia bombing rises to 21 as threats linger

Jan. 18, 2019 8:53 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities said Friday that a one-armed explosives expert belonging to the country's last remaining rebel group carried out a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead, raising tough questions about lingering security threats in the wake of a peace deal with...

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters. Soldiers fanned out, searching nearby shops for security cameras after a pair of...

Banksy mural on garage in Wales sold but will stay in place

Jan. 18, 2019 7:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000). The artwork in Port Talbot shows a child playing in falling ash from a dumpster fire, an apparent reference to the steel town's air pollution....

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South Carolina's unemployment rate steady at 3.3 percent

Jan. 18, 2019 9:44 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged in December. The Department of Employment and Workforce said in a news release Friday that the state's jobless rate remained at 3.3 percent. Nationally, unemployment increased to 3.9 percent last month. Officials said South...

Casey ends consideration of a presidential run in 2020

Jan. 18, 2019 9:44 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is ending any consideration of joining a potentially crowded Democratic field running for president in 2020. Casey's statement Friday comes a couple months after he dropped hints that he was considering a run, fresh off easily winning a third term...

Teen convicted of murder seeks retrial after racist comments

Jan. 18, 2019 9:43 AM EST

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys are seeking a new trial for a black Iowa teenager convicted of murder after a juror reported other members of the jury made racially charged comments before the conviction. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that jurors testified Thursday about comments allegedly made...

Police chief resigns, officer terminated amid theft inquiry

Jan. 18, 2019 9:42 AM EST

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri police chief has resigned and an officer has been terminated amid an investigation into theft allegations. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Hillsboro Mayor Joe Phillips says the investigation has left him "disgusted." The resignation of Hillsboro Police...

Thai military chief urges loyalty ahead of expected election

Jan. 18, 2019 9:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military has held its annual Armed Forces Day parade as the country prepares for expected elections more than four years after soldiers overthrew an elected government. Army Commander in Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong, who presided over Friday's ceremony, declined last October to...

Ex-jailer accused of attacking inmate pleads not guilty

Jan. 18, 2019 9:36 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former jailer accused of assaulting a Polk County Jail inmate has pleaded not guilty. Polk County court records say 45-year-old Jason Herndon entered the plea last week to an assault charge. His next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14. The records say the inmate suffered a...

Bystander fires shots at suspect during traffic stop

Jan. 18, 2019 9:34 AM EST

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A dashcam video released by police outside Cleveland shows a bystander blocking a car during a traffic stop and then firing several rounds at the suspect as he fled the scene. WOIO-TV reports the video shows a Parma police officer pulling over a 22-year-old Cleveland man driving...

Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan Army

Jan. 18, 2019 9:32 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military announced Friday that the Arakan Army, a Buddhist rebel group in Rakhine state, has been classified a terrorist organization after mounting a flurry of recent attacks. The state earlier was the site of a brutal counterinsurgency campaign by the military against...

Website highlights needs of Omaha, Council Bluffs nonprofits

Jan. 18, 2019 9:32 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new website is helping nonprofits in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area to connect generosity with need. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the SHARE Omaha website launched Thursday. The site includes information about what local nonprofits need in terms of volunteers, money or items....

US industrial production rose 0.3 percent in December

Jan. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production increased 0.3 percent in December, led by the biggest surge in manufacturing in ten months. The Federal Reserve says that that manufacturing output jumped 1.1 percent last month, the largest gain since February 2018. Automakers drove much of the growth with a...