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Air travelers start to feel effects of government shutdown

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel. Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick while they are not getting ...

Defense: Other partner killed McStays, buried them in desert

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Greed, debt and a gambling problem drove a Southern California man to kill his business partner's family with a sledgehammer and bury their bodies in the desert, prosecutors said Monday. But the defense said authorities are charging the wrong man and the real ...

Alabama civil rights institute rescinds Angela Davis honor

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Black activists on Monday called for leadership changes and protests at an Alabama civil rights museum after it rescinded an award for political activist Angela Davis, a move the mayor said followed complaints from the Jewish ...

Administration: Government shutdown won’t delay tax refunds

By MARCY GORDON and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers who are owed refunds will be paid on time, despite the government shutdown that has closed many federal agencies, a Trump administration official said Monday as concern mounted over the risk that the payments could ...

Democrats plan more pressure on Trump to reopen government

By CATHERINE LUCEY and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is standing firm in his border wall funding demands and newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure ...

California man accused in deaths of family of 4 on trial

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — For years, the disappearance of the McStay family from their San Diego County home puzzled investigators, with no signs of forced entry and the couple's credit cards untouched. After their remains were found years later in a remote desert location more than 100 ...

Jittery Wall Street has a lot ahead to be nervous about

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to the brave new world of investing, where every day in the stock market can feel like bedlam. Investors have been careening from fear to relief and back again as they react to morsels of news about the health of the economy and ...

Man in the middle: DNC chair prepares for tough primary

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is at the center of the biggest test his party has faced in recent history. The party has rebounded from its disastrous 2016 performance with key midterm victories , but now stares at a long ...

Houston wins praise for handling of girl’s drive-by shooting

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Activists praised Houston area law enforcement for pursuing a tip that led to the arrest of an African-American man in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old black girl, a turn in the case suggesting the attack was not a hate crime as ...

Newly empowered House Dems pass funding plan without wall

By MATTHEW DALY, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — On their first day in the majority, House Democrats have passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall. The largely party-line votes Thursday night ...

House Democrats urge sweeping reforms to boost voting access

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill, among the first to be ...

7 killed, 8 injured in crash, explosion on Florida highway

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others, authorities said. The wreck ...

California’s first Latino attorney general targets Trump

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation's most influential attorney general when he was named California's top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the "Resistance State" to pummel President ...

Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of ...

Police: 3 young children found dead in Texas apartment

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas have taken into custody a 27-year-old man after three young children were found dead Thursday in an apartment. Police in Texas City, 48 miles (77 kilometers) southeast of Houston on the Gulf Coast, went to Pointe Ann Apartments on Thursday ...

Changes may be ahead for criticized Georgia election system

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's outdated election system has drawn criticism from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity advocates, and now a commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers. The ...

Congress leaders invited to White House for border briefing

By ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump invited congressional leaders from each chamber to a White House briefing on border security Wednesday as the partial government shutdown wore on over funding for a border wall, with Trump tweeting: ...

Garbage, feces take toll on national parks amid shutdown

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas ...

Police: Man in US illegally kills California cop from Fiji

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ronil Singh came to the U.S. from his native Fiji to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an officer, joining a small-town police force in California and working to improve his English. The day after Christmas, he stopped another ...

Storm whips up blizzards, dumps snow in Dakotas, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Post-holiday travelers were finding driving difficult as a winter storm dumped heavy snow and whipped up gusty winds across parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota on Thursday. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow had fallen in the Moorhead-Alexandria area of western ...