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Funding government without border wall appears back on table

By LISA MASCARO, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government ...

Fed is expected to raise rates while Trump presses criticism

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected Wednesday to raise its benchmark rate for a fourth time this year despite President Donald Trump's repeated assertions that doing so would be a terrible idea. The president fired off two tweets this ...

Trump says he’s eager to sign sweeping criminal justice bill

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return ...

Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, offers rides to VIPs

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur's answer to what ...

Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation ...

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 ...

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 ...