US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

Budget Battle

Bitterly divided Congress careens fails to stave off government shutdown


Today in History

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2018. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, commanded by Lloyd “Pete” Bucher, charging its crew with being on a spying mission;...


Disappointed advocates rally, vent while 'dreamers' hang in the balance

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - In the hours after U.S. senators struck a deal to end the government shutdown Monday, scores gathered near the U.S. Capitol to protest what they saw as the Democrats’ decision to abandon the “dreamers,” young undocumented immigrants who were brought to...


Pence worries North Korea will 'hijack the messaging around the Olympics'

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BRUSSELS - A major reason Vice Mike President Pence will attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea next month: He is worried North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will “hijack the Olympics . . . in terms of optics and messaging,” and he wants to be able to provide a fact-...


Civil rights leader Wyatt Tee Walker dies; worked beside MLK

Obit MLK Aide

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, a leader in the civil rights movement who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assemble his famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” has died. He was either 88 or 89. Family records showed different years of birth, said his daughter, Patrice Walker...


The Latest: Michigan sports doc to be sentenced Wednesday

Doctor Sexual Assault

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A judge says a Michigan sports doctor who assaulted Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes will get his sentence Wednesday, the seventh day of an extraordinary court hearing....

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Tech and consumer-focused companies rise; Netflix leaps

Financial Markets Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology and consumer-focused companies led U.S. stocks to more records Tuesday. Netflix, at the center of both groups, soared after saying it gained more than 8 million subscribers at the end of 2017. Bond prices rose and yields fell after the Bank of Japan said it isn’t cutting...


Europe must fight to preserve the Iran deal

(c) 2017, Foreign Policy. The last time Europe was tested so heavily by a U.S. president was prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Ever since, members of the European foreign-policy elite have questioned whether the continent failed to adequately push back against this disastrous decision, which...


Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

Alaska Earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centers in the middle of the night after a cellphone alert warned a tsunami could hit communities along the state’s southern coast and parts of British Columbia. The monster waves...


Hope, fear as Puerto Rico moves to privatize power company

Puerto Rico Corruption

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the largest public utilities in the U.S. might soon be up for sale, but many wonder who would want to buy a power company that is worth roughly half of the $9 billion debt it holds and has an infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average....


2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

School Shooting Kentucky

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — A 15-year-old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday, methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school. “He was determined. He knew what he was doing,” said Alexandria Caporali, who grabbed her stunned...

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