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

A U.S. Navy servicewoman and a former Navy SEAL are among the four Americans killed in a suicide bombing this week in northern Syria that the United States believes was likely carried out by Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday.

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18.Jan.2019


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


$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


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  1. Report that Trump told lawyer to lie to Congress draws House inquiry

    Two leading Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives promised to investigate U.S. President Donald Trump's dealings with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen after a media report said Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress in violation of U.S. law.
  2. 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.
  3. U.S. State Department says may ask Trump to scrap another Obama climate order

    (This January 17 story fixes attribution in 8th paragraph to GAO's David Gootnick instead of anonymous GAO official)
  4. Trump-Deutsche Bank links in sights of U.S. House investigators

    Democrats now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives are working out which House panels will take the lead in investigating President Donald Trump's business ties to Deutsche Bank, lawmakers and aides familiar with the plans told Reuters.
  5. Trump cancels U.S. delegation to Davos forum: press secretary

    President Donald Trump has canceled his delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, according to a statement released by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday.
  6. U.S. secretary of state to meet with North Korean counterpart: statement

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with his North Korean counterpart in Washington later on Friday, the State Department said.
  7. 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.
  8. Treasury's Mnuchin declines to testify before House panel on shutdown

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday declined a request by the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives tax committee to testify next week about the partial government shutdown's impact on the upcoming federal tax filing season.
  9. U.S. appeals court will not delay net neutrality case

    A federal appeals court said on Thursday it would not delay oral arguments set for Feb. 1 on the Trump administration's decision to repeal the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules governing internet providers.
  10. 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.
  11. Skadden law firm, linked to Manafort, settles U.S. case on Ukraine work

    A prominent law firm whose work has come under scrutiny in U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe reached a settlement with federal prosecutors on Thursday, acknowledging it should have registered as a foreign agent for a 2012 report aimed at discrediting a former prime minister of Ukraine.
  12. Trump pulls military plane from Pelosi overseas trip in shutdown fight

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday stopped House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi from using a military plane for an overseas trip, in a tit for tat after the Democratic leader's suggestion he postpone the State of the Union address during the partial government shutdown.
  13. Trump administration moves to appeal census ruling

    President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday took the first steps to appealing a lower court ruling that blocked its contentious plan to ask people taking part in the 2020 national census whether they are U.S. citizens.
  14. Former Trump lawyer reconsidering plan to testify to Congress: adviser

    President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen is reconsidering his plan to testify publicly to the U.S. Congress next month because of intimidation by the president, an adviser to Cohen said on Thursday.
  15. Treasury's Mnuchin declines to testify before House panel: chairman

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has declined a request from the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee to testify next week on the partial government shutdown's impact on the upcoming tax-filing season, the panel's chairman said on Thursday.
  16. Trump blocks Pelosi trip as tensions mount over U.S. government shutdown

    President Donald Trump's conflict with Democrats over a partial U.S. government shutdown escalated on Thursday with Trump denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi use of military aircraft for an overseas trip in apparent retaliation for her suggestion that he delay the annual State of the Union address.
  17. U.S. House backs sanctions on Russia's Rusal in symbolic vote

    The U.S. House of Representatives backed legislation on Thursday to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminum firm Rusal , but the Trump administration is expected to lift them as soon as Friday.
  18. U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin weighs lifting tariffs on China: WSJ

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed lifting some or all tariffs imposed on Chinese imports and suggested offering a tariff rollback during trade discussions scheduled for Jan. 30, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the internal deliberations.
  19. U.S. Treasury says China trade talks 'nowhere near completion'

    A U.S. Treasury spokesman said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have not made any recommendations with respect to tariffs on Chinese goods after it was reported Mnuchin discussed lifting some or all of the tariffs imposed on Chinese imports.
  20. Canceled Pelosi trip was to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan: spokesman

    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had planned to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan and receive security and intelligence briefings, her spokesman said after President Donald Trump pulled the military plane that was to take her there.