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Could 1st tangible signs of shutdown progress be emerging?

Jan. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first tangible signs of movement may be emerging in the impasse that has shut down the government for weeks: President Donald Trump is promising a "major announcement" about the closure and the U.S.-Mexico border and Democrats are pledging more money for border security. It was...

Trump paying tribute to Americans killed in Syrian attack

Jan. 19, 2019 10:41 AM EST

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump was paying tribute Saturday to the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week as he set off to Dover Air Force Base for the return of their remains. The trip was not listed on the president's public schedule that was released...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's twists on Russia, shutdown, vets

Jan. 19, 2019 9:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of half-truths, changed stories and outright fabrications in President Donald Trump's Washington. Trump assailed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for playing on the beach in Puerto Rico, though she never went. His vice president echoed Trump's declaration of...

Multiple women eyeing 2020 hands Dems 'wonderful challenge'

Jan. 19, 2019 10:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. For many activists, that means a Democratic field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect of...

Los Angeles teachers' strike shows Garcetti risks in '20 bid

Jan. 19, 2019 8:59 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles teachers' strike that sent thousands of shouting educators into downtown streets, paralyzing traffic during a rainstorm and leaving a half-million students in uncertainty, isn't the kind of publicity Mayor Eric Garcetti needed for his potential presidential campaign. The...

Trump 'appreciates' Mueller's statement on report's accuracy

Jan. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that Trump directed the lawyer to lie to Congress. "It was a total phony story and I appreciate the special...

Supreme Court inaction suggests DACA safe for another year

Jan. 18, 2019 5:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation and that President Donald Trump has sought to end seems likely to survive for at least another year. That's because the Supreme Court took no action Friday on the Trump administration's request to decide by early summer...

Gillibrand, in Iowa, highlights family, children issues

Jan. 19, 2019 1:56 AM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is meeting Iowa Democrats on her first foray into the early presidential testing ground, and defending her role in bringing down former Sen. Al Franken. Gillibrand continues her first trip Saturday to the leadoff caucus state since announcing the...

Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

Jan. 19, 2019 12:10 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather. Vendors at the Safari Club International...

Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions Pelosi

Jan. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday he supports President Donald Trump's push for a border wall that has led to a government shutdown and questioned why Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't agree to "another few miles" of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border. Romney also said...

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The Latest: Trump's plan trades protection for immigrants

Jan. 19, 2019 12:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 11:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is expected to announce later Saturday that he is open to trading protections for young immigrants in exchange for money for his long-promised border wall. That's according to three people...

Michigan high school students to send experiment to space

Jan. 19, 2019 11:36 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An experiment created by Michigan high school students will be conducted by astronauts at the International Space Station — and it has the potential to assist in future space missions. The experiment by freshmen Hattie Holmes, Langley Nelson, Kale Cerny and Lainey Wickman...

Kansas veteran to restore historic Route 66 gas station

Jan. 19, 2019 11:25 AM EST

GALENA, Kan. (AP) — A military veteran has purchased a historic Kansas gas station along old Route 66 with plans to restore the building to its original condition. U.S. Army and Coast Guard veteran Aaron Perry is the new owner of a 1939 Texaco gas station in Galena, a town near the state's borders with...

Trump 'appreciates' Mueller's statement on report's accuracy

Jan. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that Trump directed the lawyer to lie to Congress. "It was a total phony story and I appreciate the special...

Trump says 'things are going very well' with North Korea

Jan. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that "things are going very well with North Korea" and he plan a second summit with leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal that would entice the North to give up its nuclear weapons. "We've agreed to meet sometime probably the end of February....

Shutdown leads to delays in lawsuits against government

Jan. 19, 2019 11:13 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — During the longest-ever government shutdown, the federal judiciary has remained open, allowing the wheels of justice to keep turning in most criminal cases. But many civil cases have come to a halt because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't have enough attorneys working to handle...

Could 1st tangible signs of shutdown progress be emerging?

Jan. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first tangible signs of movement may be emerging in the impasse that has shut down the government for weeks: President Donald Trump is promising a "major announcement" about the closure and the U.S.-Mexico border and Democrats are pledging more money for border security. It was...

Multiple women eyeing 2020 hands Dems 'wonderful challenge'

Jan. 19, 2019 10:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. For many activists, that means a Democratic field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect of...

Coast Guard spouses to hold dinner for federal workers

Jan. 19, 2019 10:49 AM EST

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard spouses have organized a dinner in Rhode Island for federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown. Attendees also can bring a grocery bag to fill with household items donated by local residents and businesses. The dinner is at 3 p.m. Sunday at...

Trump paying tribute to Americans killed in Syrian attack

Jan. 19, 2019 10:41 AM EST

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump was paying tribute Saturday to the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week as he set off to Dover Air Force Base for the return of their remains. The trip was not listed on the president's public schedule that was released...