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Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government

By JILL COLVIN, LISA MASCARO and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal ...

Jackson accusers’ film gets standing ovation, estate rebuke

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It's not uncommon for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give standing ovations, but the ceremonial act took on a solemn air as two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys walked onstage following the festival's ...

Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union

By KEVIN FREKING, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a ...

Trump’s shutdown gift to Pelosi: A unified Democratic caucus

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He's unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's not even about the wall at this point. Democrats ...

Votes on Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers. But competing bills appear likely to fail Thursday, caught in a poisonous Washington ...

Diversity highlights emerging field of Democratic candidates

By JUANA SUMMERS and ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party's diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump. Of the more than half dozen Democrats who have ...

Ex-girlfriend: Accused bank shooter fascinated with violence

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — A former prison guard trainee accused of fatally shooting five people inside a Florida bank branch has long been fascinated with the idea of killing, but people who could have done something about it didn't take his threats seriously, ...

Trump’s shutdown proposal faces uncertain fate in Senate

By JILL COLVIN and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to reopen the government, with immigration provisions Democrats denounce as inadequate, is headed for Senate action, its prospects uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try ...

3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of DC encounter

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press A group of five black men shouting vulgar insults while protesting centuries of oppression. Dozens of white Catholic high school students visiting Washington for a rally to end abortion. And Native Americans marching to end injustice for indigenous peoples ...

Supreme Court returns to gun rights for 1st time in 9 years

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City's prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The court's decision to hear ...

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That ...

High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, ...

GOP dismisses suggestion that State of Union be postponed

By CATHERINE LUCEY, JILL COLVIN and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She ...

New US strategy foresees sensors in space to track missiles

By DEB RIECHMANN and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being ...

Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter ...

Life in limbo: Leftover embryos vex clinics, couples

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tens of thousands of embryos are stuck in limbo in fertility clinics, leftovers from pregnancy attempts and broken dreams of parenthood. Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and can't be ...

FBI: Man wanted to attack White House with antitank rocket

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who traded his car for an antitank rocket and explosives in a plot to storm the White House is under arrest, authorities said. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was arrested in an FBI sting operation Wednesday and is charged ...

Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country

By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A memorial paying homage to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this ...

Congress prepares to skip planned recess if shutdown goes on

By LISA MASCARO, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump ...

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax ...