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Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

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 minimum-wage contractor sidelined from his job as an ...

US fossil fuel exports spur growth

\GEOJEDO, South Korea (AP) — In South Korea’s largest shipyard, thousands of workers in yellow hard hats move ceaselessly between towering cranes lifting hulks of steel. They look like a hive of bees scurrying over a massive circuit board as they weld together the latest additions to the ...

Migrant in US illegally kills officer born in Fiji

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 immigrant, this one in the country ...

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

(AP) - 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 S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out ...

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

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 stalemate between President Donald Trump and ...

Putin oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come. Speaking to Russia’s top military brass after watching the live feed of ...

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The big waves that followed an ...

In Iraq, Trump defends decision to withdraw from Syria

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — In a surprise trip to Iraq, President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria where they have been helping battle Islamic State militants. “We’re no longer the suckers, folks,” Trump told American servicemen and ...

Travel Alert issued statewide

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have issued a Travel Alert for all state highways in North Dakota due to reduced visibility and snow fog creating “whiteout” conditions when meeting and passing vehicles. A Travel Alert ...

Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russia objects

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah militant group. Russia had criticized the airstrike, saying it ...

Trump greets US troops in Germany

(AP) — President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, have greeted U.S. troops in Germany. It was the president’s second visit to U.S. troops abroad in the last day. He stopped at Ramstein Air Force Base on his way back from Iraq. Trump slowly made his way down a rope line at the ...

Trump signals no end to shutdown: ‘You have to have a wall’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money that threatens to carry over into January. Trump vowed to hold the ...

Wall Street notches best day in 10 years in holiday rebound

(AP) - Stocks rocketed on Wednesday in Wall Street’s best day in 10 years, snapping a stomach-churning, four-day losing streak and giving some post-Christmas cheer to a market that has been battered this December. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up more than 1,000 points — its ...

Trump makes first visit to US troops in harm’s way

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from neighboring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don’t think the job fighting Islamic State ...

American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed impossible. Colin O’Brady, of Portland, finished the bone-chilling, 930-mile (1,500-kilometer) ...

Trump says government stays closed as long as Dems reject wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says parts of the government will stay shut as long as Democrats refuse to build more barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, seemingly dashing hope for a Christmas miracle that would soon allow several departments to reopen and employees to return to ...

Pope’s Christmas wish offers world fraternity despite differences

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world’s differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. His plea Tuesday for stronger ...

Japan stocks plunge, other Asia markets fall after US losses

BEIJING (AP) — Japanese stocks plunged Tuesday and other Asian markets declined following heavy Wall Street losses triggered by President Donald Trump’s criticism of the U.S. central bank. The Nikkei 225 fell by an unusually wide margin of 5 percent to 19,155.14. The Shanghai Composite ...

Israeli attack near Syrian capital wounds 3 soldiers

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers, Syrian state media reported, saying that most of the missiles were shot down by air defense units. The TV, ...

Indonesia tsunami survivors remain jittery as deaths hit 429

SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — Panicked residents, police and soldiers in this remote fishing village clobbered by a devastating weekend tsunami ran to higher ground Tuesday, shouting “Water is coming! Water is coming!” and reciting verses from the Quran as emergency messages were broadcast over ...