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Newly empowered House Dems pass funding plan without wall

By MATTHEW DALY, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — On their first day in the majority, House Democrats have passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall. The largely party-line votes Thursday night ...

House Democrats urge sweeping reforms to boost voting access

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill, among the first to be ...

7 killed, 8 injured in crash, explosion on Florida highway

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others, authorities said. The wreck ...

California’s first Latino attorney general targets Trump

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation's most influential attorney general when he was named California's top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the "Resistance State" to pummel President ...

Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of ...

Police: 3 young children found dead in Texas apartment

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas have taken into custody a 27-year-old man after three young children were found dead Thursday in an apartment. Police in Texas City, 48 miles (77 kilometers) southeast of Houston on the Gulf Coast, went to Pointe Ann Apartments on Thursday ...

Changes may be ahead for criticized Georgia election system

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's outdated election system has drawn criticism from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity advocates, and now a commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers. The ...

Congress leaders invited to White House for border briefing

By ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump invited congressional leaders from each chamber to a White House briefing on border security Wednesday as the partial government shutdown wore on over funding for a border wall, with Trump tweeting: ...

Garbage, feces take toll on national parks amid shutdown

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas ...

Police: Man in US illegally kills California cop from Fiji

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ronil Singh came to the U.S. from his native Fiji to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an officer, joining a small-town police force in California and working to improve his English. The day after Christmas, he stopped another ...

Storm whips up blizzards, dumps snow in Dakotas, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Post-holiday travelers were finding driving difficult as a winter storm dumped heavy snow and whipped up gusty winds across parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota on Thursday. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow had fallen in the Moorhead-Alexandria area of western ...

Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

By JULIET LINDERMAN and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days, maybe four. That's how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he's struggling. So as the partial government shutdown stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight, James, a ...

US stocks stage big rally, erase 600 point drop in Dow

By ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer Wall Street staged a swift, last-minute turnaround Thursday that rescued stocks from a steep dive and put the market on track to end a topsy-turvy, volatile week with a gain. The comeback reversed a 611 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The ...

Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal ...

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started. Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary ...

Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection have ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency's care this month. The death came during ...

GoFundMe says donors in alleged homeless scam refunded

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — GoFundMe says it has refunded everyone who contributed to a campaign involving a homeless veteran from Philadelphia who prosecutors allege schemed with a New Jersey couple to scam donors out of more than $400,000. GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said Tuesday that ...

Trump offers holiday greetings to US troops

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished U.S. troops stationed around the country and the world a merry Christmas. "I know it's a great sacrifice for you to be away from your families, but I want you to know that every American ...

An icon of Christmas cheer went dark, some parks close

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The lights were not twinkling. The toy trains were not whirring. Even the nearby bathrooms were locked. The national Christmas tree, symbol of a country's seasonal cheer, instead stood as an icon of a government in ...

Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ government will reopen

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he's open to calling the wall ...