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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 ...

Super Bowl planners: Shutdown brings ‘uncharted territory’

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A day after travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in snail-speed security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the waits that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl. The ongoing partial government ...

The shutdown today: IRS recalls about 46,000 workers

By The Associated Press What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 26: WHAT'S NEW The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the partial government shutdown to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. For now, they'll have to work without ...

Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington for its first full week of legislative business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, but lawmakers will be confronted with the same lingering question: When will the partial government ...

Suspect in Wisconsin killings, kidnapping due in court

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A young man suspected of killing a Wisconsin couple, kidnapping their teenage daughter and holding the girl against her will for three months is expected to make his first court appearance Monday, and charging documents could shed light ...

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. Judge Haywood ...

As shutdown drags, Trump administration seeks to soften blow

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don't know when they'll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether ...

After Wisconsin girl’s safe return, question is: Why?

By JEFF BAENEN and GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for nearly three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for ...

Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way ...

Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reported Friday. The report ...

Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Natalie Corona was a rising star in her police department with a sparkling smile and a huge heart who had followed in her father's footsteps and became an officer, fulfilling a lifelong dream just a few months ...

Trump to take his case to build wall to prime-time audience

By MATTHEW DALY, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night that a "crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he's demanding before ...