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Trump weighs next move on border wall as shutdown looms

Dec. 15, 2018 12:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump's border wall. But you wouldn't know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House's next move. The House is taking an extended five-day weekend, returning Wednesday...

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

Dec. 15, 2018 12:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the...

Cranky Congress still has work to do before wrapup

Dec. 15, 2018 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, "Is it over yet?" quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him. The casual vibe in the normally stuffy Senate was just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can't come soon enough, even for its own members....

Federal judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

Dec. 15, 2018 12:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled...

Charleston rep McCoy rises to influential statehouse post

Dec. 15, 2018 12:06 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When House Speaker Jay Lucas was deciding who should lead a special committee to address South Carolina's multi-billion dollar nuclear power debacle last year, he looked for a lawmaker he could trust to act thoughtfully but decisively. He wanted someone who held the respect of other...

Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis

Dec. 14, 2018 10:30 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala...

Dunleavy budget draft includes full dividend, not back pay

Dec. 14, 2018 9:51 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's initial budget draft includes a full payout from Alaska's oil-wealth fund for residents next year, but not money Alaskans missed out on during the three years checks were capped. His revenue commissioner, however, indicated that Dunleavy still plans to pursue the...

Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

Dec. 14, 2018 8:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled. The N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement announced Friday that the public hearing initially scheduled for Dec. 21 will now be held on...

Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

Dec. 14, 2018 8:02 PM EST

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. At issue is Blackmun's debunked claim that he discussed the case with USOC staff after...

AP Explains: Why is Sri Lankan prime minister resigning

Dec. 14, 2018 7:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Supporters say disputed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign in an attempt to end the country's political crisis. The decision Friday came a day after the Supreme Court ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament and...