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Washington – Analysis: Emboldened Democrats Take A Risk On A Shutdown

January 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don't blink. In forcing a showdown over immigration — and triggering a government shutdown — Democrats have embraced a confrontational, rule-breaking strategy they once blasted as irresponsible when practiced by the other party. But the...

Louisville, KY – Sen. Rand Paul’s Alleged Attacker Charged With Federal Crime

January 20, 2018 at 11:33 PM
Louisville, KY - The man accused of tackling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the Kentucky lawmaker's yard has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress as part of a federal plea agreement. And his lawyer echoed what's long been suggested by neighbors: The attack stemmed from a dispute about yard maintenance. Rene Boucher has signed the plea agreement but no date has been set for his guilty plea...

Washington – US Flu Season Gets Worse, Has ‘Lot More Steam’ Than Expected

January 20, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought," said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

Washington – AP Analysis: Trump Support Carries Rewards And Risks For Israel

January 20, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Washington - From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to cutting aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. alignment with a nationalist Israeli government. With the two leaders in sync personally and politically, Israel has become one of Trump's strongest supporters on the global stage. But this...

Gatwick Airport, UK – British Airways Pilot, Allegedly Drunk, Taken Off Plane

January 20, 2018 at 10:07 PM
Gatwick Airport, UK - A British Airways pilot has been removed from the cockpit of a flight amid fears he was drunk. The Sun newspaper reported Saturday that police "rushed on the plane and headed straight for the cockpit. The first officer was cuffed and led away." The newspaper says worried airline workers alerted police before the flight left for Mauritius. Sussex police say a...

Washington – Shutdown Challenges Trump’s Dealmaker Branding

January 20, 2018 at 09:45 PM
Washington - He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. The failure to find consensus on immigration and spending is a blow to Trump's presidency on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration — and perhaps more...

Honolulu – Official: Governor Took 15 Minutes To Announce Missile Alert Was False

January 20, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Honolulu - The Hawaii National Guard's top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide. But the governor didn't tell the public until 15 minutes later. Maj. Gen. Arthur "Joe" Logan told state lawmakers at a hearing that he called the governor at 8:09 a.m. Saturday after speaking to a supervisor at the Hawaii...

Ashdod, Israel – Thousands Of Secular Jews Protest Shabbos Supermarket Law

January 20, 2018 at 09:14 PM
Ashdod, Israel - An estimated 3,000 people demonstrated in Ashdod for the second consecutive Saturday evening against the southern city’s plan to prohibit businesses from opening on Shabbat. Protesters who gathered outside city hall carried signs proclaiming “The city is putting my home up for sale,” “No to religious coercion” and “Each to his own faith.” They also called on...

Washington – As Trump Begins Second Year, Tens Of Thousands Of Women Stage Nationwide Protests

January 20, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many...

Maryland – Baltimore’s New Police Leader Faces Numerous Challenges

January 20, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Baltimore, MD - Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore's police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings. After a record year in per-capita homicides, Baltimore's mayor on Friday fired the city's police commissioner after 2½ years on the job and named...

Washington – Long Shutdown Could Hurt Economy, A Short One Just ‘a Blip’

January 20, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Washington - If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy. Economists and investment advisers interviewed by The Associated Press generally didn't...

Cairo – US VP Pence Tells Egypt’s Sisi That U.S. Still Backs Two-state Solution

January 20, 2018 at 07:33 PM
Cairo - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday told Egypt’s leader the United States would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed, seeking to reassure a key Arab ally over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We heard President el-Sisi out,” Pence told reporters after their meeting, saying the...

Czech Republic – Prague Hotel Fire Kills 2, Dozens Injured

January 20, 2018 at 07:15 PM
Prague - Czech officials say a hotel fire in downtown Prague has killed at least two people and injured dozens. The fire occurred at Eurostars David Hotel, a block away from the Vltava River and near the Czech capital's National Theatre. Prague rescue service spokeswoman Jana Postova says that eight people have been rushed to hospitals with serious injuries after the blaze broke out in the...

Washington – Signs Of Government Shutdown Spotty But Symbolic

January 20, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island turned away visitors in New York, due to what the National Park Service described as "a lapse in appropriations," a bureaucratic...

Washington – 1st Day: US Government Shuts Down As Partisan Blame Game Heats Up

January 20, 2018 at 06:15 PM
Washington - Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending Saturday as Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate. The closure of many government agencies was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, played out on the anniversary of...

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