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White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of ...

Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase ...

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a ...

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until ...

Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman gets college degree

By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn't be blamed for finally relaxing, but that's not her. Fein, now 84, went to back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week ...

Pelosi gives Trump an earful, questions ‘manhood’ in private

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her "strength." In private, she questioned his "manhood" — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway. "It's like ...

Draining the swamp, clearing the burrows: DC’s war on rats

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation's capital is ...

Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an ...

Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers' grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House ...

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faces possible jail sentence

By JIM MUSTIAN and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, a lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump, is set to learn Wednesday whether his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to ...

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta. The light earthquake occurred Wednesday around 4:14 a.m. about 7 miles (11 kilometers) northeast of Decatur. About 13 minutes later, a 3.3 magnitude ...

6 years after Sandy, stories of the storm have new chapters

By JENNIFER PELTZ and WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A community where residents rallied with surfboards and kayaks to rescue neighbors from flood and fire. A survival story in a suburban garage. A religious statue that stood firm while its surroundings were leveled. Superstorm ...

White House chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year’s end

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing ...

Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in ...

FBI: Man charged in kidnapping, death of North Carolina teen

Associated Press LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Police have arrested and charged a man with killing a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped last month from a North Carolina mobile home park. The FBI said early Saturday that Michael Ray McLellan has been charged in connection with the kidnapping and ...

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned. Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her ...

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages. Governors and local officials in several states declared ...

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state ...

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of ...

Texas bids Bush farewell with country music, funeral train

By WILL WEISSERT, NOMAAN MERCHANT and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — America's final farewell to George H.W. Bush shifted to Texas on Thursday, with his friend and former Secretary of State James Baker addressing him as "Jefe," Spanish for "boss," and celebrating him as a ...