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Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment

Jan. 17, 2019 8:40 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration. Others, meanwhile,...

AP Explains: Trump says wall will stop drugs, facts differ

Jan. 17, 2019 7:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. "Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and...

Outpouring of generosity for TSA workers, others without pay

Jan. 16, 2019 9:06 PM EST

The partial government shutdown is a double-whammy for Cara and Philip Mangone, a married couple from Philadelphia. Both are agents with the Transportation Safety Administration, both working full time at the Philadelphia airport. Neither knows when they might again start drawing their paychecks. Part-time jobs...

US Coast Guard families attend free dinner during shutdown

Jan. 15, 2019 7:59 PM EST

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — Spouses of U.S. Coast Guard members said they appreciated a university in Rhode Island hosting a free dinner for their families Tuesday, as they tightened their budgets due to the partial federal government shutdown. Roger Williams University invited active-duty Coast Guard members in...

The Latest: Dem freshmen seek out McConnell to talk shutdown

Jan. 15, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 4:50 p.m. About a dozen new House Democrats walked across the chilly Capitol grounds to personally ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass bills that would reopen parts of the...

Federal workers get $0 pay stubs as shutdown drags on

Jan. 11, 2019 7:40 PM EST

Federal employees received pay stubs with nothing but zeros on them Friday as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills. All told, an estimated 800,000 government workers missed their paychecks for the first time since the shutdown began....

Coast Guard reprimands officer over white supremacy sign

Jan. 11, 2019 8:43 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard has reprimanded a Coast Guard officer in South Carolina for flashing a white supremacy hand sign on live television. The Post and Courier reports the man was censured for intentionally using the hand gesture in Charleston during the emergency response to Hurricane...

3 dead after commercial crabbing vessel capsizes off Oregon

Jan. 10, 2019 4:40 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A commercial crabbing boat capsized in rough waters off the Oregon coast, killing the three men aboard and sending a shock wave through a seafaring community already struggling from a monthlong delay to the annual crabbing season. The U.S. Coast Guard said the vessel, the Mary B. II,...

Tugboat searches for crewmembers who abandoned burning ship

Jan. 8, 2019 4:41 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A tugboat is searching for crew members who weren't rescued when the ship they were on caught fire while transporting automobiles from Japan to Hawaii. The Sincerity Ace had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started last week. The crewmembers abandoned the burning vessel, which...

Cargo ship that blocked mouth of Mississippi is moved

Jan. 5, 2019 1:04 AM EST

PILOTTOWN, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a ship loaded with coal that had run aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River has been moved and the river partially reopened. The news release Friday says the Coast Guard has reopened the river at mile 3.5 near the community of Pilottown to vessels with a...