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Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state’s leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling ...

Budget talks resuming amid pessimism over border differences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down over the weekend. They collapsed ...

Dog DNA testing takes off, and generates debate

NEW YORK (AP) — As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man’s best friend is under the microscope, too. Genetic testing for dogs has surged in recent years, fueled by companies that echo popular at-home tests for humans, offering a deep dive into a pet’s genes with the ...

Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Pentagon’s top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, said he has no orders to reduce ...

Travel Alert issued for portions of north central North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for portions of north central North Dakota, including Devils Lake, Rugby, Carrington, Langdon and surrounding areas due to snow creating snow fog conditions with ...

Lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators announced an agreement late Monday to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the ...

As Trump makes case for border wall, lawmakers reach deal

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to the Texas border on Monday to argue his case that walls work as Democrats and Republicans back home in Washington announced a deal had been reached to avoid another government shutdown. Trump was bound for El Paso, aiming to reshape the ...

Lessons for Brexit from Norway’s hard border with Sweden

ORJE, Norway (AP) — With fresh snow crunching under their boots and a handful of papers to be checked and stamped, truck drivers from Latvia, Sweden and Poland make their way across Norway’s Orje customs station to a small office where their goods will be cleared out of the European Union ...

Shutdown deadline looms as wall negotiations hit a snag

WASHINGTON (AP) — As negotiations over a border security hit a snag, the White House on Sunday would not rule out another federal government shutdown even as it signaled a willingness to obtain funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall by other means. Acting White House chief of ...

South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. The ...

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar expected to join 2020 Dem race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race Sunday, becoming the most prominent Midwestern candidate as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

2nd woman accuses Virginia official of sexual assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second woman accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault Friday, saying the Democrat raped her 19 years ago while they were both students at Duke University. Calls for his resignation grew steadily as the day wore on.

Sen. Warren’s expected 2020 bid banking on populist appeal

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren will enter the 2020 presidential contest Saturday, hoping a populist call to fight economic inequality will help distinguish her in a crowded field and enable her to move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native ...

Whitaker says he has ‘not interfered’ with Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Friday that he has “not interfered in any way” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job. The hearing before the House ...

Volunteers ready US emergency aid to be sent into Venezuela

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela was being prepared at a warehouse on the Colombian border Friday, as opposition leader Juan Guaido assured his desperate countrymen that supplies would reach them despite objections from embattled President Nicolas ...

Trump’s counselor claims woman assaulted her at restaurant

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman faces charges that she assaulted White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in front of her teenage daughter during a confrontation last year at a restaurant in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, 63, of Chevy Chase, was charged in ...

Virginia Democrats struggle with interlocking crises

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Democrats struggled to find their way out of three interlocking political crises Thursday that could bring down the party’s top elected officials and put a Republican in the governor’s chair. With Gov. Ralph Northam’s career in peril over a racist ...

Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s ...

Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation ...

NDDOT plows being pulled from state highways in eastern ND

North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) snow operators have been working hard since early morning hours and throughout the day. NDDOT plows are being pulled from state highways this evening in eastern North Dakota. Blizzard conditions are expected to continue into the night and snow ...