Government

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

Budget Battle

Bitterly divided Congress careens fails to stave off government shutdown

Government

5 years after fall on ice, former aircraft mechanic still struggles

SW 011218 Blake Halfacre Update 01

Blake Halfacre says his goal in waging his battle for treatment is to get back to work, but the chances are looking slim as he exhausts all possibilities. 


Business

The Latest: Senate leaders agree on plan to reopen gov't

Budget Battle-3

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Senate leaders have reached an agreement to reopen the government. Democrats have yielded and ended their delaying tactics against a bill financing federal agencies through Feb. 8. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer...


Business

Shutdown end in sight as senators announce agreement

APTOPIX Budget Battle-5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats lined up behind a plan to reopen the federal government Monday as the Senate began a key vote. Senators predicted a proposal to fund the government until Feb. 8 would move forward, overcoming a Democratic filibuster and clearing the way for an end to the three-day...


Business

Schumer says Democrats will vote to advance plan to reopen the government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Schumer says Democrats will vote to advance plan to reopen the government.


Business

Democrats aligning behind plan to temporarily fund the government and end shutdown,

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats aligning behind plan to temporarily fund the government and end shutdown, predict it will pass in the Senate.


Government

US officials delay departure to Davos meeting amid shutdown

Trump Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday that Cabinet members are delaying their departure for this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland amid the federal government shutdown. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they will determine what to do “as the day goes on and as...


Government

White House says Trump focused on minimizing shutdown harm

Trump Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is focused on minimizing the harm Democrats are causing through the government shutdown. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that managing the shutdown is the “biggest part of the process” for Trump. She says the president is...


Government

In Trump’s First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides Despite Setbacks

As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised abortion opponents four specific actions to “advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers.” One year into his presidency, three of those items remain undone. Nevertheless, abortion opponents have made significant progress changing the...


Business

IMF hikes outlook for global growth for 2017 to 3.7 percent

World Economy-IMF

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund upgrading its outlook for the world economy, noting surprisingly strong growth in Europe and Asia and predicting that U.S. tax cuts will give the American economy a short-term boost. The IMF on Monday forecast global growth of 3.7 percent for 2017,...


Government

50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties

Mattis in Vietnam

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for...


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