On Day 28, no sign of end to U.S. partial government shutdown

As the partial U.S. government shutdown hit the four-week mark on Friday, tensions mounted in Washington on either side of the standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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18.Jan.2019


U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State

The United States on Friday identified three Americans killed in a suicide attack in northern Syria this week that the U.S. government said was likely carried out by the Islamic State militant group.

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18.Jan.2019


$11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups

Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice.

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18.Jan.2019


Judge to sentence ex-Chicago policeman for 2014 shooting of teen

A judge is expected to sentence on Friday white former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke after a jury found him guilty of murder last year in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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18.Jan.2019


Exclusive: Trump meets with Cabinet officials to revive infrastructure push - sources

U.S. President Donald Trump is reviving efforts to win approval for a significant infrastructure plan lasting up to 13 years, two people briefed on the matter said, as the administration seeks to bring a long-stalled campaign promise back to life.

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18.Jan.2019


Snow, cold take aim at U.S. farm belt this weekend

A winter storm this weekend followed by a plunge in temperatures, coupled with another cold push late this month, could threaten livestock in the U.S. Plains and possibly winter wheat in parts of the Midwest, meteorologists said.

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18.Jan.2019


Striking Los Angeles teachers set major rally amid marathon contract talks

Union leaders urged striking Los Angeles teachers to turn out en masse for a rally on Friday marking the fifth day of their walkout against the second-largest U.S. school district, seeking to boost their bargaining position in marathon labor talks.

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18.Jan.2019


Female shot to death in parking lot of Houston church

A female victim was shot to death in the parking lot of a Houston-area church on Thursday and another person was wounded, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

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18.Jan.2019


Talks resume as Los Angeles teachers' strike runs for fourth day

Negotiators for striking Los Angeles teachers and America's second-largest school district returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for the first time since talks collapsed last week, as a walkout by some 30,000 educators ran for a fourth day.

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17.Jan.2019


Skier dies after caught in New Mexico avalanche: hospital source

A skier died in New Mexico on Thursday after he was caught in an avalanche at Taos Ski Valley, a Taos hospital employee said.

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17.Jan.2019


Judge blocks Republican-backed Wisconsin early-voting law

A U.S. federal judge in Wisconsin on Thursday blocked a Republican-backed law that would limit early voting across the state to two weeks, finding the new legislation was essentially the same as a previous statute he stopped 2-1/2 years ago.

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17.Jan.2019


Judge acquits Chicago policemen in conspiracy trial

A judge on Thursday found three Chicago policemen not guilty of conspiring to protect white fellow police officer Jason Van Dyke after he fatally shot a black teenager in 2014 in an incident that helped fuel the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

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17.Jan.2019


Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

A former mistress of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman told jurors in his U.S. trial on Thursday she was "traumatized" after a harrowing 2014 escape from one of his safehouses with Mexican marines in hot pursuit.

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17.Jan.2019


Amtrak canceling trains, cutting service ahead of winter storm

Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger railroad, said on Thursday it will cancel at least 15 trains in the northeast and midwest this weekend because of an impending major winter storm, and reduce operations on other trains.

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17.Jan.2019


U.S. separated 'thousands' more immigrant children than known: watchdog

The U.S. government may have separated "thousands" more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact number is still unclear, an internal watchdog said on Thursday.

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17.Jan.2019


Sixteen coal ash pits contaminating Texas groundwater: report

Sixteen coal ash pits in Texas are leaking contaminants into groundwater, including arsenic, boron, cobalt and lithium, according to a report released on Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP).

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17.Jan.2019


Teachers' strike tests Los Angeles mayor's White House hopes

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's White House hopes could hang on how he quickly he is able to resolve the city's first teachers' strike in three decades, which disrupted classes for nearly half a million students for a fourth day on Thursday.

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17.Jan.2019


UCLA's perfect 10 gymnast targets domestic violence, body shaming

The UCLA gymnast whose flawless floor routine became a viral video with more than 40 million views by Thursday said she wants to work with domestic violence victims and publish poetry she's written about body shaming and other issues she faced.

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17.Jan.2019


Five deaths blamed on storms that dump snow, rain on California

At least five people have died in severe rain and snowstorms that blanketed parts of California with at least five feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains this week, besides triggering flooding and mudslides, officials said.

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17.Jan.2019


U.S. Army vows to fix 'broken' housing at Fort Meade in wake of Reuters report

The commander of one of the largest Army bases in the United States promised residents to fix a “broken” housing system in which maintenance lapses by a private landlord left military families in homes with health and safety hazards.

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17.Jan.2019


U.S. National News

  • On Day 28, no sign of end to U.S. partial government shutdown

    The Democratic-led House of Representatives has left town for a three-day weekend, returning late on Tuesday. The Senate was expected to reconvene on Friday, but its exact plans were unsettled. The Republican-controlled Senate, toeing Trump's line on the wall, has not acted on any of several shutdown-ending bills approved in recent days by the House, all lacking wall funding.


  • U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State

    Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent, 35, identified as being from upstate New York, and Scott Wirtz, a civilian Department of Defense employee from St. Louis, died during the Wednesday attack in Manbij, Syria, the Department of Defense said in a statement. The Pentagon did not identify the fourth person killed, a contractor working for a private company.


  • $11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups

    By Michelle Conlin and Kristina Cooke NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice. He could content himself with a jailhouse diet that he said left him perpetually hungry. Or he could labor in the prison's kitchen to earn money to buy extra food at the commissary. Cruz went to work. But his $1-a-day salary at the privately run Adelanto Detention Facility did not stretch far. A can of commissary tuna sold for $3.25....


  • Judge to sentence ex-Chicago policeman for 2014 shooting of teen

    Van Dyke, 40, faces up to 20 years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction and up to 30 years for each of 16 counts of aggravated battery, one count for each shot he fired at McDonald, who was carrying a knife. The October verdict was the first time an on-duty Chicago police officer was held criminally accountable for the killing of an African-American. It touched off celebratory street demonstrations in Chicago.


  • Snow, cold take aim at U.S. farm belt this weekend

    A winter storm this weekend followed by a plunge in temperatures, coupled with another cold push late this month, could threaten livestock in the U.S. Plains and possibly winter wheat in parts of the Midwest, meteorologists said. The storm should bring 2 to 8 inches (5 to 20 centimeters) of snow from South Dakota to northern Ohio, with up to 10 inches (25 cm) in northern Iowa, according to National Weather Service maps. The agency posted winter storm warnings Thursday afternoon in South Dakota and Iowa and winter storm watches all the way to New England, where accumulations could top 12 inches.


  • Striking Los Angeles teachers set major rally amid marathon contract talks

    Union leaders urged striking Los Angeles teachers to turn out en masse for a rally on Friday marking the fifth day of their walkout against the second-largest U.S. school district, seeking to boost their bargaining position in marathon labor talks. Some 30,000 teachers who have gone without a contract for nearly a year walked off the job on Monday demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. It was the first such work stoppage to hit the Los Angeles Unified School District in three decades.


  • Talks resume as Los Angeles teachers' strike runs for fourth day

    Negotiators for striking Los Angeles teachers and America's second-largest school district returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for the first time since talks collapsed last week, as a walkout by some 30,000 educators ran for a fourth day. The teachers, who have gone without a contract for nearly a year, walked off the job on Monday in their first strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years, demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. School District Superintendent Austin Beutner has said the demands, if fully met, would place too great a strain on the district's budget.


  • Female shot to death in parking lot of Houston church

    The shooting occurred outside Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, located about 20 miles (30 km) northwest of downtown Houston. No suspect has been apprehended, the sheriff's office said in the Twitter posting. Representatives for the Harris County Sheriff's Office did not return a call or email seeking comment.


Health News

Lilly's cancer therapy Lartruvo fails study, shares drop

Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday its cancer treatment Lartruvo, approved on an accelerated basis in 2016, failed to improve patient survival in a long-term study and will no longer be prescribed, driving shares down 3 percent before the bell.

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18.Jan.2019


FDA advisory panel split over Sanofi-Lexicon diabetes drug

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was divided over whether to recommend approval of a treatment for type 1 diabetes developed by Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc and France's Sanofi SA.

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17.Jan.2019


Immunomedics' cancer treatment fails to win accelerated approval from the FDA

Immunomedics Inc said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to grant accelerated approval for its breast cancer treatment, sacituzumab.

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17.Jan.2019


Junk food ads disproportionately target black and Hispanic kids: report

(Reuters Health) - Television advertising in the U.S. for candy, fast food, sugary drinks and other unhealthy treats continues to target mostly black and Hispanic youth, according to a new report that suggests this contributes to health disparities.

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17.Jan.2019


Doctors explain misconceptions about penicillin allergy

(Reuters Health) - Most patients who report having a penicillin allergy are not really allergic to this highly effective antibiotic, and they may be missing out on the best treatment for their condition as a result, according to a new patient resource published in JAMA.

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17.Jan.2019


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Entertainment

Netflix movie 'Bird Box' draws 80 million viewers; no data for 'Roma'

Netflix Inc on Thursday said more than 80 million member households will have watched its thriller movie "Bird Box" in its first four weeks, but the streaming giant gave no viewing data for Oscar hopeful "Roma."

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17.Jan.2019


Luxury leader LVMH planning fashion brand with Rihanna: report

Louis Vuitton parent owner LVMH is developing a luxury brand with singer Rihanna, in a rare move by the acquisitive group towards building a new fashion label from scratch, industry news site WWD reported on Wednesday.

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17.Jan.2019


Supermodel Bundchen responds to Brazil's farm minister in Amazon spat

A high-profile dispute between supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Brazil's agriculture minister over deforestation escalated this week, coming as activists worry about new President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

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17.Jan.2019


BritBox streaming service grows by catering to U.S. women over 45

BritBox, a streaming service that brings British television to the United States, has attracted more than 500,000 subscribers thanks to growing interest from women over 45 in cities across the country, the company said on Thursday.

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17.Jan.2019


Beyonce drops lawsuit over 'Feyonce' items

A lawsuit brought by Beyonce over the sale of "Feyonce" items to engaged couples has been dismissed at the singer's request, court documents showed on Wednesday.

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16.Jan.2019


'Better than ever,' Paris Jackson dismisses treatment report

Paris Jackson, the only daughter of late singer Michael Jackson, on Wednesday played down reports that she is undergoing treatment, saying she is "happy, healthy, and better than ever."

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16.Jan.2019


Singer Mariah Carey sues former executive assistant

Singer Mariah Carey on Wednesday sued her former assistant for breaking a nondisclosure agreement, negligence and theft, according to court documents.

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16.Jan.2019


ABC documentary on Theranos features ex-CEO deposition tapes

A television documentary about the rise and fall of Theranos Inc will include deposition tapes from founder and former Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes and other key players in the downfall of the high-tech blood-testing company.

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16.Jan.2019


Rihanna sues dad to keep hands off her Fenty trademark

Rihanna has sued her father for trading on her Fenty brand name and suggesting that a business venture he set up in 2017 is associated with her.

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16.Jan.2019


Carol Channing, Broadway's iconic 'Dolly,' dead at 97

Carol Channing, who won over audiences with her giddy, guileless charm in signature roles in Broadway's "Hello, Dolly!" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died in her California home on Tuesday at the age of 97, according to her publicist.

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15.Jan.2019