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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...

German prosecutors drop decades-old Chilean murder case

Jan. 22, 2019 1:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've dropped their investigation into possible accessory to murder charges against a man for a crime allegedly committed in a secretive German colony in Chile more than four decades ago. Muenster prosecutors said Tuesday there wasn't enough evidence to bring charges...

Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground up

Jan. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to "Obamacare" and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. "Medicare for all" will get hearings. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to...

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...

King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls

Jan. 22, 2019 12:21 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the holiday to launch a presidential campaign that, if...

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...

Trump's shutdown solution hangs in limbo

Jan. 21, 2019 10:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to break through the budget deadlock appeared to be gaining little traction Monday, as another missed paycheck loomed for hundreds of thousands of workers and the partial federal shutdown stretched into its fifth week. Despite the fanfare of the...

North Dakota's GOP-led Legislature mulls abortion bills

Jan. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature reopened the abortion debate Monday following a six-year pause despite critics saying the state is setting itself up for another round of expensive legal fights over legislation they describe as misleading and unconstitutional. In...

Gun bills more likely to become ads than law in Virginia

Jan. 21, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers appear unlikely to pass any notable new gun laws this legislative session, but are almost certain to campaign heavily on failed gun legislation later this year. Republicans who control the General Assembly have dispatched gun-control bills backed by Democratic Gov....