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Today in History

Jan. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2019. There are 344 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1977, on his first full day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders. On this date: In 1793, during the French Revolution, King...

GOP senators try to figure how out closely to run with Trump

Jan. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP's midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he's allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he's not alone. Sen. Thom...

2 Dreamers bring Southie Coffee to Clearwater

Jan. 20, 2019 3:01 AM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — They put their life savings into this place, worked overtime busing tables, bartending, picking up any odd job they could to open a business they could call their own. So when the time came last summer to sign the lease on the building for their Southie Coffee shop on 1500 S...

Today in History

Jan. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2019. There are 345 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women." Protesters registered...

Indiana regulators review coal ash pond cleanup plans

Jan. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana environmental regulators are reviewing utilities' cleanup plans for dozens of coal ash ponds, with one environmental group concerned that the plans don't do enough to address potential contamination. The cleanup efforts come after utilities across the country admitted last year...

Sen Graham: Syria withdrawal without plan can lead to chaos

Jan. 19, 2019 5:50 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A U.S. withdrawal from Syria that has not been thought through would lead to "chaos" and "an Iraq on steroids," Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Saturday, urging President Donald Trump not to get out without a plan. Speaking to reporters in the Turkish capital Ankara a day after meeting...

Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo, prepping for growth

Jan. 19, 2019 3:58 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Representatives from a Pacific Rim trade bloc geared up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative as they met Saturday in Tokyo, reaffirming their commitment to open and free trade and inviting new membership. The Pacific Rim free trade agreement, rejected by President Donald Trump...

Minnesota legislators look expand internet access

Jan. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While cities and towns in Koochiching County might have fast and reliable internet service, large parts of the northern Minnesota region currently have no good options. Paul Nevanen, director of the county's Economic Development Authority, says that translates to headaches for the...

Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules

Jan. 18, 2019 9:45 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply. The announcement came Friday from the...

Supreme Court inaction suggests DACA safe for another year

Jan. 18, 2019 5:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation and that President Donald Trump has sought to end seems likely to survive for at least another year. That's because the Supreme Court took no action Friday on the Trump administration's request to decide by early summer...