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Liberals press Dems to act on immigration, shutdown or no

NEW YORK (AP) — Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, no matter what. The conflict comes to a head this week as the Republicans...

 

Snow, ice and record cold grip the South; at least 8 dead

ATLANTA (AP) — A layer of snow and ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a swath of the country ill-equipped to deal with...

 

Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal prisons officials on Wednesday tested a jamming technology inside the walls of a federal prison, a rare move that authorities said they hope will help combat the danger posed by inmates with cellphones. The test was...

 

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the "entirely preventable" 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the...

 

No fire inspection records where 13 children held captive

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — City officials could find no records that the fire department conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in...

 

AP Sources: WH directed Bannon silence in House interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated...

 

Turkey to extend state of emergency amid freedom concerns

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is set to extend a state of emergency for the sixth time since the failed 2016 coup attempt, worrying both government opponents and allies who fear the special powers are driving Turkey in an increasingly authoritarian...

 

Hidden cameras help scientists study elusive wildlife

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?" Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it's not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and...

 

Christie ends term unpopular, but with legs left unbroken

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor's office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he didn't break a leg. Christie is the first elected New Jersey governor in more than two decades not to suffer a...

 

Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite. Bridgton-based Animal Rescue Unit took over care of the pony that was suffering...

 

'Very strong' Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government's doors open, comments that could indicate the chances...

 

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic...

 

Romanian president backs having 1st female prime minister

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Wednesday proposed that a European member of Parliament be country's the next prime minister and potentially its first female leader. President Klaus Iohannis named Viorica Dancila, a member of the...

 

Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe's mountains of waste

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe's vast landfills and scrapyards. A group of 17 organizations on Wednesday launched an online database for 'urban mining'...

 

Nearly 4 years on, much of Syrian rebel 'capital' abandoned

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent's apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab...

 

France to loan Britain famed 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry

PARIS (AP) — French officials plan to loan the historic Bayeux Tapestry to Britain, allowing the 11th-century artwork depicting the conquest of England to leave France for the first time in centuries. The mayor of the Normandy town of Bayeux,...

 

Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor. The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night over the state, including many in the...

 

Mueller team would hardly be first lawyers to question Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was in a roomful of lawyers, venting about unfair treatment in the media that he said had understated his net worth and damaged his brand. It was December 2007, a decade before Trump would become president and...

 

Threat of e-school closure adds to adversity for students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As one of the nation's largest online charter schools faces the possibility that it could abruptly close after this week, students like Isabella Aquino who have found a haven in the Ohio e-school face uncertainty about how...

 

Florida House: Are students safe to express their views?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida may require its 12 public universities to do a survey on the "intellectual freedom" and "viewpoint diversity" allowed on campuses. A panel in the Florida House on Wednesday attached the requirement to a sweeping...

 

US stock rally lifts Dow to first close above 26,000 points

A broad rally on Wall Street propelled the Dow Jones industrial average to close above 26,000 points for the first time Wednesday. The sharp gains also delivered record highs for the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq composite, wiping out...

 

Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The World Bank, which provides developing countries about US$60 billion a year in financial assistance, is officially...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's alternate reality marks presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all his errant swings at the facts, President Donald Trump sometimes gets it just right. "There's been no first year like this," he told a Florida rally last month. Were truer words ever spoken? This Department of Corrections...

 

Trump claims credit for what is still mostly Obama's economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and confident consumers. But in the year since Trump's inauguration,...

 

US industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says U.S. industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December, pulled higher by a surge in utility output, another sign of health for the American economy. Utility production shot up 5.6 percent last month, the...

 

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