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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 ...

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 ...