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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to …


Top Pentagon spokeswoman resigns amid internal investigation

The Defense Department’s top spokeswoman, who had been under investigation since May over whether she mistreated employees, abruptly resigned Monday night within hours of the departure of Defense Secretary Jim …


‘Federal workforce shouldn’t be used as a pawn’: Union sues Trump administration over shutdown

A federal employees union filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration, alleging the partial government shutdown is illegally forcing more than 400,000 federal employees to work without pay.


Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years as a national park in 2019

The first European American who reached the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon marveled at what was before him: an astounding system of canyons, profound fissures and slender spires that …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

CNN televised its news anchors getting drunk on New Year’s Eve

On Monday, CNN’s anchors and correspondents engaged in what has become an annual tradition for the network on New Year’s Eve: drinking on air.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

‘Considering it,’ ‘Looking at things’: How 2020 Democrats mastered the coy art of mulling

In the world according to Democrats, the president is a bully, a sexist, a criminal and a megalomaniac. Democracy and its institutions are under siege. The time has come to …


Incoming Sen. Romney questions Trump’s character in op-ed

Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump’s “conduct over the past two years … is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”


Trump invites congressional leaders to White House for border security briefing

President Donald Trump has invited congressional leaders to the White House for a briefing on border security, the first face-to-face session involving Republicans and Democrats as the partial government shutdown …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Police: Homicides in Chicago down by nearly 100 in 2018

Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 last year compared to 2017, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall

A week and a half into a partial government shutdown, House Democrats released their plan to re-open the government without approving money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. At the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 12:06 p.m.

Departure of Trump’s GOP critics in Senate leaves a void

President Donald Trump’s most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are days away from completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who – if anyone – will take their …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

130th Rose Parade boasts floral floats, singer Chaka Khan

Floral floats and marching bands took to the streets under a sunny Southern California sky as the 130th Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year’s Day …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 7:36 p.m.

U.S. military tweets, then deletes, a New Year’s Eve joke about dropping bombs

The U.S. military command responsible for the nation’s nuclear weapons tweeted a New Year’s Eve message Monday afternoon: It is always ready to “drop something much, much bigger” than Manhattan’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a U.S. void

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt …


On an island famous for wild ponies, a dangerous infection is killing horses

CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Va. – In the cold months, this barrier island is a place of austere stillness, its famed wild ponies grazing along brown marshes, their long faces …


Ricky Martin and husband welcome baby girl

Ricky Martin announces birth of baby daughter, says his family, including his 10-year-old sons, have ‘fallen in love’ with the girl


Animal advocates: Fatal zoo mauling shows need for crackdown

The fatal mauling of a zoo intern by a lion that escaped from a locked pen illustrates the need for North Carolina regulators to crack down on unaccredited exhibitors of …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government

House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward 2020 presidential run

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate …


Colorado man charged with murder in missing fiancee’s death

A Colorado man was charged Monday with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee as police try to find out what happened to the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown

Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks on Monday, as a partial government …


Mattis’ final words from Pentagon: ‘Hold fast’ with allies

Jim Mattis ended one of history’s more turbulent tenures as defense secretary on Monday by re-emphasizing a key difference with President Donald Trump and encouraging Pentagon employees, civilian and military, …


Louis C.K. mocks Parkland students in audio of stand-up set

Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.


NASA spacecraft hurtles toward tiny, icy world beyond Pluto

The NASA spacecraft that yielded the first close-up views of Pluto hurtled toward a New Year’s Day rendezvous with a tiny, icy world a billion miles farther out, in what …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

Intern killed by lion had a passion for working with animals

An intern was cleaning an animal enclosure at a North Carolina wildlife center when a lion escaped from a nearby pen and attacked her, killing the young woman and sending …


Kids who assault on U.S. bases can still escape accountability

Despite new rules addressing sexual assault among the children of U.S. service members, the federal government failed to fix a flaw that on many military bases has let alleged juvenile …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

After being blocked, evangelist Franklin Graham claims Facebook ‘is censoring free speech’

Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham and a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he accepts “Facebook’s apology” after the platform blocked him for …


Chief of staff Kelly: Trump backed away from wall months ago

President Donald Trump long ago backed away from his campaign pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, his outgoing chief of staff said, as the president’s demand for …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities, including Seattle

New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities – Seattle among them – around the start of the new year, affecting millions of …


Bighorn sheep herds inter-mingling in southwestern Montana

A state biologist says bighorn sheep from a southwestern Montana herd has joined another herd on the other side of the Madison Range, traversing miles of sheep-free territory.