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Government shutdown threat remains with divisions over immigration, military dollars

Bitter divisions in both parties threatened Wednesday to derail Congress's effort to keep the federal government fully operating past the end of the week. The shutdown threat emerged on two fronts: Republican defense hawks in the House…

Trump administration offers conflicting signals on potential deportation of 'dreamers'

With an immigration deal looking fraught on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration is offering public assurances that undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" will not be targeted for deportation even if lawmakers fail to provide them…

Tillerson signals deeper U.S. military commitment in Syria

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. He said the U.S. also would push for broader…

Mueller team would hardly be first lawyers to question Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Oval Office on Jan. 16, 2018. An Associated Press review of statements made under oath by Trump gives clues about how he might handle…

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Warriors respect talent and potential of Bulls' Lauri Markkanen

As a fellow Arizona product, Steve Kerr watched Lauri Markkanen “all the time” last year in Markkanen’s lone season with the Wildcats. The Warriors coach appreciates the talent, not just the school pride. “We think he’s going to be an All…

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Duckworth: 'No such thing as a surgical strike' in North Korea

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth warned that U.S. military action against North Korea would mean catastrophic military and civilian casualties. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune). Katherine SkibaChicago Tribune. Privacy Policy.…

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13 children held captive in California home were denied contact with outside world, aunts say

Thirteen malnourished siblings allegedly kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents in a Southern California home lived a strict existence with no social lives and no contact with extended family, two of their aunts said Wednesday.…

Kelly calls some of Trump's campaign pledges on immigration, wall 'uninformed,' meeting attendees say

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Donald Trump's campaign…

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Here's what Mark Helfrich should know about Bears' offense

Mark Helfrich is expected to meet with reporters Thursday at Halas Hall for the first time since becoming the Bears’ new offensive coordinator. Hired last week, Helfrich is the most notable addition to new coach Matt Nagy’s staff and will…

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North and South Korea agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.…

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Democrats flip traditionally conservative Wisconsin senate seat, kicking off 2018 election season

The 2018 election season kicked off Tuesday with an upset in rural Wisconsin, with Democrats flipping a state Senate seat that had been held by Republicans since the start of the century. With every precinct counted in the race for…

Ann Curry 'not surprised' by Matt Lauer scandal, says NBC had a 'climate of verbal harassment'

After Matt Lauer was fired from the "Today" show in November due to allegations of sexual harassment, multiple awkward TV moments from his past came to light, particularly regarding conversations with women. One incident got a lot of…

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Man booted from British Airways flight for wearing all his clothes to avoid baggage fee

On Twitter, Ryan Carney Williams said he wore the clothes because he couldn't afford the excess-baggage fee, about $125. (Jan. 17, 2018) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR). Amy B WangWashington Post. There…

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Hawaii didn't need approval to retract missile alert, FEMA says

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A screen shot of the false missile alert that caused panic in Hawaii Saturday morning. (courtesy Melinda Bush). Audrey Mcavoy and Caleb JonesAssociated Press. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn't need…

Wednesday, Jan 17

North Korean nuclear weapons crisis at a 'tenuous stage,' Tillerson says

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday warned that the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons is at a "tenuous stage" and said the time for Pyongyang to show a willingness to talk about denuclearization is now. "The North Koreans…

Steve Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel, House committee to testify on Russia probes

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to appear before a grand jury, a move that indicates his broad investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign is far…

Trump did 'exceedingly well' on a cognitive test, top White House doctor says

President Donald Trump is in excellent overall health and achieved a perfect score on a cognitive test that the president requested as part of his first formal medical exam since taking office, the White House's top physician announced…

Pope meets with sexual abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage"done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his…

Tuesday, Jan 16

Workers describe harsh conditions at Apple supplier in China

At a Catcher Technology manufacturing complex in the Chinese industrial city of Suqian, about a six-hour drive from Shanghai, workers stand for up to 10 hours a day in hot workshops slicing and blasting iPhone casings for Apple, handling…

Wall Street exec succeeds Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor, targets Trump

Former Wall Street executive Phil Murphy succeeded Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor Tuesday, swearing his oath on the same Bible President John F. Kennedy used in 1961, while promising to transform the state into a liberal beacon…

A look inside the tense, vulgar White House meeting on immigration

President Donald Trump repeatedly used an incendiary slur to describe countries including Haiti and African nations during a meeting Jan. 12, 2018, about an emerging immigration deal, a senior Democratic senator at the meeting confirmed. …

Trump says his words on immigration were misrepresented by 'Senator Dicky Durbin'

President Donald Trump lashed out at Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday, taking to Twitter to say Illinois’ senior senator “totally misrepresented what was said” at a meeting on immigration during which Trump was accused of using…

Monday, Jan 15

Woman dies after Florida casino boat is engulfed by flames

Flames engulf a casino shuttle boat Jan. 14, 2018, in the Tampa Bay area. The boat caught fire near the shore, and dozens of passengers and crew safely made it to land, authorities said. (AP). Associated Press. A female passenger has died…

In planned speech, Sen. Jeff Flake compares Trump's media attacks to comments by Stalin

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., plans to give a speech in the coming days that compares President Donald Trump's public criticism of the news media to similar comments once made by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. A spokesman said that Flake, who…

Earthquake in Peru destroys dozens of homes, kills 1 man

A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, officials said. The sole fatality was a man crushed by a falling rock, officials said.…

Hopes for immigration deal fade as lawmakers trade barbs and denials on Trump’s use of vulgarity

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is "not a racist" and denied that he had spoiled chances for an immigration overhaul in Congress by using a vulgarity to describe poor countries as relations between key Republican and Democratic…

Sunday, Jan 14

Hawaii missile alert: How one employee 'pushed the wrong button' and caused a wave of panic

Shortly after 8 a.m. local time Saturday morning, an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency settled in at the start of his shift. Among his duties that day was to initiate an internal test of the emergency missile warning…

'We made a mistake': Hawaii officials apologize after false emergency missile alert

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A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars on a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.…

White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump as saying he has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un

In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon /…

Trump supporters tried to arrest London's mayor. People laughed at them.

An anti-Islamic nationalist wheeled a homemade gallows into central London, led a group of men into a conference hall and attempted to "arrest" the city's first Muslim mayor as he gave a speech on Saturday. The group failed, and was…