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Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

By JULIET LINDERMAN and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days, maybe four. That's how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he's struggling. So as the partial government shutdown stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight, James, a ...

US stocks stage big rally, erase 600 point drop in Dow

By ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer Wall Street staged a swift, last-minute turnaround Thursday that rescued stocks from a steep dive and put the market on track to end a topsy-turvy, volatile week with a gain. The comeback reversed a 611 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The ...

Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal ...

Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started. Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary ...

Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection have ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency's care this month. The death came during ...

GoFundMe says donors in alleged homeless scam refunded

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — GoFundMe says it has refunded everyone who contributed to a campaign involving a homeless veteran from Philadelphia who prosecutors allege schemed with a New Jersey couple to scam donors out of more than $400,000. GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said Tuesday that ...

Trump offers holiday greetings to US troops

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished U.S. troops stationed around the country and the world a merry Christmas. "I know it's a great sacrifice for you to be away from your families, but I want you to know that every American ...

An icon of Christmas cheer went dark, some parks close

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The lights were not twinkling. The toy trains were not whirring. Even the nearby bathrooms were locked. The national Christmas tree, symbol of a country's seasonal cheer, instead stood as an icon of a government in ...

Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ government will reopen

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he's open to calling the wall ...

Santa tracker will still run despite government shutdown

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The government may be partially shut down, but that won't stop hundreds of volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and military uniforms Monday from taking calls from children around the world who want to know when Santa will be coming. The ...

AP Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown

By The Associated Press A look at the impact of the partial government shutdown: ____ WHAT'S OPEN AND WHAT'S CLOSED Social Security checks will go out and troops will remain at their posts. Doctors and hospitals will receive their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The U.S. Postal ...

Government unlikely to get fully back to business for days

By LISA MASCARO, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is expected to remain partially closed past Christmas Day in a protracted standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump's ...

Oklahoma quickly becoming medical marijuana hotbed

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June. The ...

Open and closed: shutdown’s varied impact on parks, tourists

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. The government says other national parks "will remain as accessible as possible," although some roads at Rocky Mountain National Park ...

Trump’s 2018: A year in a stranger-than-sitcom presidency

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The stranger-than-sitcom American presidency opened 2018 with a big tease about mutual nuclear destruction from two leaders who then found "love" not war. It seems President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un were just playing ...

Trump on verge of giving up best chance to secure wall money

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's loyal supporters cried "Build the wall!" throughout his 2016 presidential campaign. Come 2020, they may well still be chanting for Trump to make good on his signature campaign promise as prospects dim for him ...

Fed’s Powell embraces uncertainty and risks that go with it

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell sounded a note of humility Wednesday. The question for the Federal Reserve chairman is whether humility plays well with the financial markets. Speaking at a news conference after the Fed raised its key interest rate for the ...

Florida school shooting voted top news story in AP survey

DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. ...

USDA moves to tighten restrictions on food stamps

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year's farm bill didn't: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a ...

Black leaders forged alliance with Trump on sentencing deal

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two ...