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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Liz Cheney’s rebuke of King reflects tougher GOP approach

She used to be known mostly for her vice presidential family lineage. But Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-most senior House Republican, is cutting a new path as the first GOP …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

New pen may allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency …

Kirsten Gillibrand takes major step toward White House run

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took a major step toward announcing a 2020 presidential bid Tuesday, saying she is launching an exploratory committee for a White House run.

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for …

Chocolate spill creates sweet hot mess on Arizona highway

Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet hot mess on their hands after a tank trucker’s trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Trump’s attorney general nominee: ‘I will not be bullied’

Vowing “I will not be bullied,” President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Trump’s AG pick vows not to target marijuana businesses

Attorney general nominee Bill Barr said he would “not go after” marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal.

Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

High drama, few results as Trump warns of ‘long’ shutdown

The White House ran quickly into the limits of trying to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi in shutdown negotiations when rank-and-file House Democrats declined an invitation to lunch Tuesday with President …

White nationalist’s harassment led a black female lawmaker to resign. He won’t face charges.

Kiah Morris was standing next to Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan at a news conference on Monday in Bennington, Vermont, taking questions from reporters about the racial harassment she endured …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

House rebukes GOP’s Steve King over racist remarks

A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Effervescent ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing mourned

Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American …

Trump declares he’ll ‘never back down’ in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON – With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat Monday, declaring he would “never ever …

2 female victims unharmed, suspect dead after New Jersey UPS hostage situation

An armed man entered a UPS processing facility Monday morning, took two women hostage as other employees ran for safety, and was laer shot and killed as he left the …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Suspect in Wisconsin murders and kidnapping taped Jayme Closs’ hands and ankles, dragged her to car, documents say

The young man accused of fatally shooting Jayme Closs’ parents in the family’s western Wisconsin home and abducting their 13-year-old daughter first saw the teen as she boarded her school …

Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss …

Los Angeles teachers set to strike in nation’s second-largest system

Teachers in Los Angeles, home to the nation’s second-largest school system, went on strike Monday, taking to rain-soaked streets as their union battles with the school system to reverse years …

William Barr vows to let special counsel investigation finish

Attorney general nominee William Barr said in written testimony released Monday that he would let special counsel Robert Mueller finish his investigation of Donald Trump’s campaign without political interference and …

Seattle’s unpaid air traffic controllers get special delivery from their Canadian counterparts

Last week, Canadian air traffic controllers started buying pizzas for their American counterparts who are working but not getting paid due to the continued federal government shutdown, now the longest …

Man who killed officer said he was hit by ultrasonic waves

The man who shot and killed a rookie California police officer left a letter on the bed in the home where he lived claiming police bombarded him with ultrasonic waves, …

Family: Wisconsin teen in ‘good spirits’ post-kidnap, escape

The grandfather of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say escaped a man who killed her parents and held her captive for three months says she’s in “exceptionally good …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Industry wary of alternatives tries to protect a word: meat

More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term “meat” on product labels, Nebraska’s powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Storm punishes swath of U.S. with snow, ice and freezing rain

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

A Republican lawmaker close to Trump says he’s pushing Trump to reopen government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before taking …

Border wall GoFundMe to refund $20 million – unless donors want to give to it again

GoFundMe said Friday that it would be returning more than $20 million in donations meant to help finance the “Trump Wall” between the United States and Mexico after the effort …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job in a changed capital

When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America’s biggest problems – violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The “Age of Aquarius,” …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Pence’s pickle: How to bargain when no one speaks for Trump

The vice president has been one of the administration’s most visible emissaries during the shutdown fight, meeting with lawmakers, sitting for interviews and leading staff-level talks.

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Granddad: Wisconsin girl has no link to suspected kidnapper

The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to …