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White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of ...

Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase ...

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a ...

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until ...

Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman gets college degree

By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn't be blamed for finally relaxing, but that's not her. Fein, now 84, went to back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week ...

Pelosi gives Trump an earful, questions ‘manhood’ in private

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her "strength." In private, she questioned his "manhood" — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway. "It's like ...

Draining the swamp, clearing the burrows: DC’s war on rats

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation's capital is ...

Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an ...

Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers' grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House ...

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faces possible jail sentence

By JIM MUSTIAN and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, a lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump, is set to learn Wednesday whether his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to ...