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January 16, 2019 - 1:47 pm
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler described himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, even as a leading Democrat called him "just as extreme" as predecessor Scott...
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January 16, 2019 - 1:00 pm
By CATHERINE LUCEY, JILL COLVIN and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018 file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 15, 2019 - 4:05 pm
By CHAD DAY , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a former senior campaign aide to President Donald Trump, will have to wait at least another two months for his sentencing date in the Russia investigation, prosecutors said Tuesday. In a new court filing, special counsel Robert Mueller's...
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In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich applauds during a public inauguration ceremony for Gov. Mike DeWine at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
January 15, 2019 - 4:01 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says he's joined CNN as a political commentator. The Ohio Republican is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and a potential 2020 presidential contender. Kasich announced in a tweet on Tuesday that he will begin immediately as a...
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George Jankowski, a furloughed U.S. Department of Agriculture worker, helps a friend move out of an apartment in Cheyenne, Wyo., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.  (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
(AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
January 15, 2019 - 3:53 pm
By MICHELLE R. SMITH , Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When her paychecks dried up because of the partial government shutdown, Cheryl Inzunza Blum sought out a side job that has become a popular option in the current economy: She rented out a room on Airbnb. Other government workers are...
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In this image made from a pool video by KSTP-TV, Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, who is accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months, makes his initial court appearance Monday, Jan 14, 2019. (KSTP-TV via AP, Pool)
(KSTP-TV via AP, Pool)
January 15, 2019 - 3:47 pm
By AMY FORLITI and TODD RICHMOND , Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — For nearly three months, prosecutors say, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held in a remote woodland cabin and often forced to hide in a 2½-foot space beneath her kidnapper's bed, going without food, water or a bathroom for hours,...
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January 15, 2019 - 3:22 pm
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing "its resources to the most...
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January 15, 2019 - 2:50 pm
By LARRY NEUMEISTER , Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending that officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to...
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January 15, 2019 - 1:13 pm
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — It's one of those stories that makes you wonder about the things some people say goes on at WalMart stores. Police in northern Texas say a woman was banned from a local Walmart after she spent hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store's parking lot — while...
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January 15, 2019 - 1:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is moving its publication date, pushing it from the chill of February to warmer May, closer to bikini-weather. Editor of the issue MJ Day tells The Associated Press the shift makes more sense for greater impact. She says that "It's...
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