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GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown

Dec. 17, 2018 10:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. It wasn't always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The...

Chinese internment camp factory sends sportswear to US

Dec. 18, 2018 9:32 AM EST

HOTAN, China (AP) — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up...

Flynn's ex-business associates charged with illegal lobbying

Dec. 17, 2018 5:17 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two business associates of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, were charged Monday with illegally lobbying for Turkey as part of a campaign to pressure the United States to expel a Turkish cleric. Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin are accused in an...

Pelosi flashes survival skills - and she'll need them in '19

Dec. 17, 2018 1:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Nancy Pelosi is formidable but not immortal. The California Democrat seems to have sewn up her return as House speaker next month, but she also has accepted a maximum four-year expiration date on her tenure. She previously had resisted any term limit, saying it would weaken her....

After the Fed's likely rate hike this week, all bets are off

Dec. 17, 2018 6:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having raised interest rates with steady regularity in recent months, the Federal Reserve may embrace a new message this week: Flexibility. On Wednesday, the Fed is set to announce its fourth rate hike of the year. But after this week, no one is sure what it will do. Neither, most likely,...

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

Dec. 17, 2018 3:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain's Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 — more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU. But even as May...

Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

Dec. 17, 2018 1:12 PM EST

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study of reports...

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it

Dec. 17, 2018 1:05 PM EST

People with health insurance often pay for coverage they never use. A startup wants to shake that up. It's a radical idea: On-demand insurance that lets customers buy some of their coverage only if and when they need it, similar to how TV viewers might rent a new release from Amazon instead of paying every month...

Girl's death shows communication issues on US-Mexico border

Dec. 17, 2018 5:26 PM EST

Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it's unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights...

'Burning,' 'Cold War' top AP's best films of 2018

Dec. 17, 2018 1:14 PM EST

Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr name their choices for the best films of 2018. JAKE COYLE 1. "Burning": It was, for sure, an extraordinary movie year. Little to nothing separates my favorite 10 films, or, for that matter, my top 20 or 30. Many of the year's best were found overseas, and...

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Appeals court upholds $6M libel ruling against newspaper

Dec. 18, 2018 2:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a libel ruling against a North Carolina newspaper that resulted in a $6 million award for a firearms expert whose work was questioned in articles. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that State Bureau of Investigation agent Beth Desmond showed...

Heller says Trump rallies were highlight of re-election bid

Dec. 18, 2018 2:20 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican Sen. Dean Heller won't say whether he thinks his alliance with President Donald Trump doomed his re-election chances this year but is pointing to strong Democratic enthusiasm and voter registration numbers as the reasons behind his first-ever election loss. Heller in an...

Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back

Dec. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Calling her suspension "malicious" and politically-motivated, a former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott. Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday...

Philadelphia campaign targets homeless, seeks public's help

Dec. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With panhandling and homelessness ramping up on the sidewalks of Philadelphia's Center City, a homeless advocacy group and a business improvement district have teamed up in an outreach effort. They're also asking the public to get involved. An information campaign launched Tuesday...

Washoe County reports first flu-related death of season

Dec. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County Health District is reporting the first flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season. An announcement from the district says the victim was over 65 and at risk for complications due to other medical conditions. The district says it did not appear that the person had a flu...

Lawmaker tweets to GOP legislative aide: 'Kill yourself!'

Dec. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state senator has apologized for what he called a "poor choice of words" after sending a tweet to a legislative staffer urging her to kill herself. Democrat Kevin Parker's tweet Tuesday morning instructed Republican aide Candice Giove (jee-OHV') to "Kill yourself!" It came...

North Dakota residents' reported income drops 13 percent

Dec. 18, 2018 2:18 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reported income by all North Dakotans dropped nearly 13 percent in 2017 due to a prolonged slump in agriculture and energy prices, according to figures the state's tax commissioner released to The Associated Press. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said the total adjusted gross...

University of Minnesota names first female president

Dec. 18, 2018 2:18 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of South Carolina Provost Joan Gabel on Tuesday was named the first female president in the 167-year history of the University of Minnesota. The school's governing board voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract for Gabel. She'll become the university's 17th president...

Activists concerned by prosecutors joining police union

Dec. 18, 2018 2:17 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supporters of criminal justice reform are questioning a move by assistant prosecutors in St. Louis County to join a police union, as well as the timing of the vote just weeks before a change-minded prosecutor takes office. Assistant prosecutors and investigators voted Monday to join the...

McSally appointed to McCain's Senate seat after losing race

Dec. 18, 2018 2:16 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to Washington just a month after she lost a tight race for the state's other spot in the Senate. McSally, a former...