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Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Jan. 16, 2019 1:46 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ___ THE...

Super Bowl planners: Shutdown brings 'uncharted territory'

Jan. 16, 2019 1:32 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A day after travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in snail-speed security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the waits that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl. The ongoing partial government shutdown is "uncharted territory" amid planning...

The shutdown today: IRS recalls about 46,000 workers

Jan. 16, 2019 12:51 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 26: WHAT'S NEW The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the partial government shutdown to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. For now, they'll have to work without pay. The White House tried to bypass House...

Last year's Central American caravan dwindles, new one forms

Jan. 15, 2019 11:24 PM EST

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 midterm election has quietly dwindled, with many having gone home to Central America or put down roots in Mexico. Despite the hard-line immigration rhetoric by the Trump administration,...

Bloomberg believes he can be elected president despite age

Jan. 15, 2019 10:07 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that if he decides to run for president he can still win despite being older. The 76-year-old billionaire said there is a thought in America that if you are over 50, white and male you are never going to get elected, but he disagrees....

MLS formally announces Austin expansion team for 2021

Jan. 15, 2019 6:12 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After a long and often rocky courtship, Austin and Major League Soccer became a match. The league formally welcomed Austin as its 27th franchise with a raucous downtown party Tuesday full of chanting and flag-waving, and Commissioner Don Garber calling the Texas capital a "perfect...

Missouri House votes for option to close some records

Jan. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House lawmakers on Tuesday voted against protections for LGBT staffers and gave themselves the option to make some of their emails confidential, despite a voter-approved requirement for transparency. House members changed their records policy as part of a broader package...

Kansas governor expands ban on anti-LGBT bias to contractors

Jan. 15, 2019 3:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Tuesday reinstated a ban on anti-LGBT bias in state agencies' employment decisions that a Republican predecessor had repealed, and she also expanded the policy to cover government contractors. Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order was her first official...

Kansas City transit free for federal workers during shutdown

Jan. 15, 2019 12:33 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's public transit agency is offering free bus rides to federal workers ensnared in the partial federal government shutdown. The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announced Monday that all federal employees will be able to ride...

Poles place candles and flags at half-staff for slain mayor

Jan. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Flags flew at half-staff and people signed condolence books at municipal buildings across Poland and in diplomatic missions abroad on Tuesday as the nation mourned the stabbing death of the popular liberal mayor of Gdansk. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said police...