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3 board members quit USA Gymnastics as more victims speak

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — USA Gymnastics announced the resignations of three key leaders Monday while more women and girls told a judge about being sexually assaulted at the hands of a sports doctor who spent years with Olympic gymnasts and

Chuck Schumer

Schumer’s ‘cave’? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans tried to make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the face of the government shutdown. Now, he’s becoming the face of the Democratic retreat. For two days, Schumer, perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, succeeded in

Chuck Schumer

End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues. Senate

The Latest: Tillerson says US discussing Syria security zone

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is discussing with Turkey and others the possibility of setting up a

Supreme Court sides with police over partygoers in wild bash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided Monday with police over partygoers in a dispute about arrests at a 2008 bash at a vacant home that had been turned into a makeshift strip club. The high court ruled that police

Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the boundaries of the state’s 18 congressional districts, granting a major victory to plaintiffs who had contended that they were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The Democratic-controlled court issued

Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America’s lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

White House says Trump focused on minimizing shutdown harm

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”

Mike Pence

The Latest: Pence calls report on Trump affair “baseless”

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s interview with The Associated Press (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says reports that an adult film star had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump are

Mitch McConnell

End to shutdown in sight as Senate breaks Dem filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues. Senate

French president hosts 140 world business leaders

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron promoted his government’s changes to French tax and labor laws Monday in front of 140 world business leaders in a bid to convince them to invest and hire in France. At the same

Mike Pence, Benjamin Netanyahu

The Latest: Reporters criticize Israel’s strip-search policy

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Israel (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The Foreign Press Association in Israel is speaking out against an Israeli demand to strip-search a Finnish journalist covering the visit by

Fighting rages amid Turkish push in Kurdish enclave in Syria

HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara’s offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons

Jordan Horowitz, Warren Beatty, Jimmy Kimmel

AP Exclusive: New rules to prevent Oscars envelope gaffe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business. He grilled the partners who made the gaffe, then personally reached out to the

Chuck Schumer

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

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.

US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism. The Transportation Security Administration order is aimed at preventing

Mike Pence

Pence defends Trump on disparaging comments about Africa

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump on the president’s disparaging comments about immigrants from Africa and Haiti. Pence tells The Associated Press in an interview in Jerusalem that he “knows the president’s heart.” He

Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt,

Shutdown end in sight as senators announce agreement

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

Chuck Schumer

The Latest: Dems align on plan to fund gov’t, end shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Democrats are aligning behind a plan to reopen the federal government as the Senate heads toward a key vote. Several Democratic senators predict a proposal to

Government shutdown stretches into workweek, sows confusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many federal employees started the workweek Monday with confusion and anxiety over a government shutdown that will lock hundreds of thousands of them out of their jobs. The partisan stalemate over the budget forced scores of federal

Beset by traffic via navigation apps, town restricts access

LEONIA, N.J. (AP) — A town less than two miles from the George Washington Bridge is putting up the “keep out” sign for motorists seeking a shortcut to the world’s busiest span. As a response to navigation apps that re-route

Mike Pence, Benjamin Netanyahu

Pence to Israel: US embassy will move to Jerusalem in 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told Israel’s parliament on Monday that the U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, receiving a rousing ovation as he pledged to barrel ahead with a plan that has

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

US officials delay departure to Davos meeting amid shutdown

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

Lindsey Graham

McConnell raises hopes as government shutdown enters Day 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell raised some Democrats’ hopes for a quick end to the government shutdown Monday, saying “I hope and intend” to reach agreement soon on immigration and other contentious issues — if the Democrats

SYRIA

The Latest: EU concerned about Turkish operation in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Syria and Turkey’s offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The European Union’s top diplomat says she’s concerned about Turkey’s military offensive on a Kurdish-held

Mike Pence, Benjamin Netanyahu

The Latest: Pence: Door open for Palestinians in peace deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Israel (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says the “door’s open” for the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with Israel on a peace

German conservatives, partners face tough coalition talks

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel can finally get down to formal negotiations on a new government after her prospective partners gave a hesitant green light. But while she can celebrate a breakthrough in efforts to end an impasse

Czech police identify second German victim in hotel fire

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police have identified a second victim from Germany in a hotel fire in downtown Prague that killed four. Two people died at the scene after the blaze broke out in the Eurostars David hotel on Saturday

Polish gov’t pressured to act following report on neo-Nazis

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s right-wing government faced pressure on Monday to act forcefully against far-right extremists following an expose of Polish neo-Nazis who celebrated Adolf Hitler, burning a swastika and dressing in Nazi German uniforms. Private news channel TVN24