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Vance County Schools to keep lunches to a
Vance County Schools to keep lunches to a 'minimum' to conserve food, funding during government shutdown

Vance County Schools said it's making changes to lunch menus to conserve food and funding during the government shutdown.

Graham: I have no doubt Barr with investigate deep state, FBI and Justice Department corruption
Graham: I have no doubt Barr with investigate deep state, FBI and Justice Department corruption

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham give his thoughts following attorney general nominee William Barr's confirmation hearing.

U.S. House, including Steve King, votes to condemn his racist statements
U.S. House, including Steve King, votes to condemn his racist statements

King, a Republican who represents a conservative district in Iowa, gave a media interview earlier this month in which he questioned why "white supremacy" is considered offensive. King himself voted in favor of the resolution, which referred to his remarks, because he said his comments were taken out of context and he too condemns white supremacy and racism. "The words are likely what I said, but I want to read them to you the way that I likely said it," King said, who then read them aloud.

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Trump's attorney general pick: Robert Mueller is not overseeing a 'witch hunt'

Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general has contradicted the US president by saying Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling, is not involved in a "witch hunt".  William Barr, who will oversee the Mueller probe if confirmed to the role, vowed to allow the investigation to be completed during a grilling by US senators on Tuesday.  Mr Barr called Mr Mueller a "friend" and said they had known each other for 30 years after being colleagues at the Justice Department, playing down the likelihood of a clash over the investigation.  The 68-year-old said that it would be "unimaginable" that Mr Mueller would do something that demanded his sacking and promised...

What happens to the 62,500 students with special needs during Los Angeles teachers' strike?
What happens to the 62,500 students with special needs during Los Angeles teachers' strike?

The disruption triggered by the strike that began Monday in the nation's second-largest school district could set back thousands of other children with developmental disabilities who need special education and consistency, parents told USA TODAY.

Plane belonging to military crashes in Iran
Plane belonging to military crashes in Iran

The army say 15 out of the 16 people on an Iranian aircraft which has crashed were killed in the incident. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Americans blame shutdown on Trump over Democrats by wide margin, poll finds

When asked, "Who do you think is mainly responsible for this situation?," 53 percent of Americans blamed Trump and congressional Republicans.

AccuWeather: Winter Storm Warning for parts of New Jersey and Delaware
AccuWeather: Winter Storm Warning for parts of New Jersey and Delaware

A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for parts of the region as snow continues moving through the area.

XT6 SUV debuts an evolution of Cadillac
XT6 SUV debuts an evolution of Cadillac's styling theme

The XT6 makes Cadillac a player in a popular and profitable part of the luxury SUV market.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Nails the Three-Row Part, Needs Work on the Luxury Part
2020 Cadillac XT6 Nails the Three-Row Part, Needs Work on the Luxury Part

It may lack luxury panache, but the XT6 at least looks handsome and is usefully packaged.

The Latest: Police: Fentanyl a cause of overdoses at house

CHICO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a mass drug overdose at a house in Chico, California (all times local):

Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes
Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A massive winter snowstorm that blanketed several Midwest states was a factor in at least five road deaths on Saturday and forced the grounds crew to scramble to clear snow from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City ahead of the NFL divisional playoff game.

'We had no idea she was pregnant': 911 audio shows panic after woman in vegetative state gave birth in Arizona care facility

The five minutes of 911 audio from the birth starts with a frantic nurse at the facility yelling, "The baby's turning blue! The baby's turning blue!"

Snow storm marches toward Washington, after pummeling Midwest
Snow storm marches toward Washington, after pummeling Midwest

The weather system is forecast to affect an 1,800-mile corridor of the United States from Colorado to the mid-Atlantic.

The FBI's Reported Investigation of President Trump Could Take the Russia Probe to a New Level
The FBI's Reported Investigation of President Trump Could Take the Russia Probe to a New Level

The revelation of a national security component to Mueller's investigation brings the country into shocking new territory

Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds
Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Despite Turkey's vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to protect U.S.-allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country.

Tax The Rich, Then Tax Them Some More
Tax The Rich, Then Tax Them Some More

If you close your eyes and listen, sometimes you can hear the Overton Window

'My 10-year-old offered to cut back spending': US workers struggle amid longest government shutdown

It was something his 10-year-old daughter said that hammered home the impact of the US government shutdown for Victor Payes.  The security guard at Los Angeles's main airport had already been working for free for a fortnight when Haley, the oldest of his two girls, spoke up.  "I understand if there are certain things we shouldn't pay for right now," Mr Payes recalled Haley telling him. She was offering to cut back to help the family.  He waved away the concern to reassure his daughters. "I just told them there's nothing to worry about," Mr Payes told The Daily Telegraph. "We've always been okay."  But the financial strain is real. This weekend, with the partial government shutdown having...

This Is Now the Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History
This Is Now the Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History

It has passed the previous record, which took place under Bill Clinton

Ministers Tell Theresa May to Ask Jeremy Corbyn for Help When Brexit Deal Dies
Ministers Tell Theresa May to Ask Jeremy Corbyn for Help When Brexit Deal Dies

A group of mainly pro-European ministers want May to invite the opposition Labour party leader to meet her for negotiations in the hope of agreeing a joint plan, according to people familiar with the matter. May will ask Parliament to approve the divorce terms she's negotiated with the European Union on Jan. 15. The problem she faces is that her Conservative party has no overall majority in the House of Commons and scores of her own members hate the deal she's struck with the EU and have vowed to oppose it.

The Latest: Police say gunman on bike ambushed slain officer
The Latest: Police say gunman on bike ambushed slain officer

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a police officer killed in California (all times local):

SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce
SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce

SpaceX plans to lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees, a source familiar with the decision said on Friday. "To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company," the California-based company, headed by Elon Musk, said in a statement to AFP. The announcement came as SpaceX on Friday launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites.

Florida Key lime pie: So popular it's got its own festival

The eighth annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival will be Jan. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park on Merritt Island.

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Ginsburg's recovery 'on track' but will miss more arguments

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss another three days next week, but her recovery from lung cancer surgery is ongoing.

Police say Jake Thomas Patterson murdered James and Denise Closs with intention of abducting their daughter Jayme Closs
Police say Jake Thomas Patterson murdered James and Denise Closs with intention of abducting their daughter Jayme Closs

The 21-year-old suspect is under arrest after the Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs was found alive three months after her disappearance; Matt Finn reports from Barron, Wisconsin.

Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect Jake Patterson accused of killing her parents
Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect Jake Patterson accused of killing her parents

Jayme was found by a neighbor Thursday, and Patterson, 21, was arrested a short time later in Gordon, Wisconsin.

15 Keto-Friendly Products You'll See in 2019

The keto diet was one of hottest diets last year, and it looks like the high-fat, low-carb craze here to stay. ( Here's how I feel about that.) If you're determined to hop on board, food companies have your back. Here are 15 keto-friendly foods you can now find on store shelves:

VACATION NIGHTMARE: High school teacher not allowed to leave Guatemala hospital after breaking his neck
VACATION NIGHTMARE: High school teacher not allowed to leave Guatemala hospital after breaking his neck

High school teacher Alex Austin can't leave his hospital in Guatemala or return home without paying the bill in full.

U.S. Begins Troop Withdrawal From Syria
U.S. Begins Troop Withdrawal From Syria

The U.S. military has begun the process of bringing home troops from Syria, according to reports Friday. Colonol Sean Ryan, spokesman for U.S. coalition forces, said in a statement that the U.S. "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria. Last month, President Trump promised to withdraw the about 2,000 troops currently stationed in Syria, announcing that the Islamic State has been defeated in the region.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.6M vehicles to fix air bags

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata front passenger airbag inflators that can be dangerous.

Watch live:  Police give update on Jayme Closs case
Watch live: Police give update on Jayme Closs case

Law enforcement authorities in Barron, Wisconsin, are scheduled to hold a news

North Korea's harsh human rights record could undermine US nuclear deal, UN official says
North Korea's harsh human rights record could undermine US nuclear deal, UN official says

U.N. human rights official says any deal would remain 'fragile' if Pyongyang does not address issues of political prisoners, enslavement.

How the Debate Over Charter Schools Is Fueling the Looming Los Angeles Teacher Strike
How the Debate Over Charter Schools Is Fueling the Looming Los Angeles Teacher Strike

"Do we still believe in funding public education," one teacher said, "or have we given up?"

Sanders Apologizes for Harassment Among 2016 Campaign Staff
Sanders Apologizes for Harassment Among 2016 Campaign Staff

"To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated I apologize," Sanders said at a news conference Thursday. The New York Times on Jan. 2 published accounts from women who worked for the campaign complained of sexual harassment and pay disparities. Politico reported Wednesday night that the head of Sanders's Iowa caucus campaign in 2016 has been accused of forcibly kissing a female subordinate on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.

Sexual assault investigation underway after female patient in vegetative state gives birth at Phoenix nursing facility
Sexual assault investigation underway after female patient in vegetative state gives birth at Phoenix nursing facility

Superior Court judge issues DNA search warrants to Phoenix Police, who are gathering samples from all male staffers and any vendors and contractors who may have had contact with the patient.

Al-Qaida-linked group in Syria strengthens hold on northwest

BEIRUT (AP) - An al-Qaida-linked coalition in Syria cemented its hold on the last major rebel stronghold in the country after Turkey-backed opposition groups accepted a surrender deal that effectively gives to the extremists control of the entire region in northwestern Syria, opposition activists and a war monitor said Thursday.

Congressional Democrats zero in on latest Manafort-Russia revelation
Congressional Democrats zero in on latest Manafort-Russia revelation

On Tuesday, portions of a court filing by lawyers for convicted former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort were inadvertently made public. Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Representative Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee's new Democratic chairman, noted that Schiff had described the revelation as "stunning" to the Washington Post and told Reuters that Schiff planned to dig into questions the court filing had raised. The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged Manafort and Kilimnik in its investigation of Russian interference in the election and whether Trump campaign members coordinated with Moscow officials.

Trump halts federal funds for Calif. wildfires, forest management
Trump halts federal funds for Calif. wildfires, forest management

The president said he has ordered a halt to federal emergency funds for California to fight wildfires unless officials "get their act together."

Trump administration's backtracking on Syria leaves foreign policy in a better place
Trump administration's backtracking on Syria leaves foreign policy in a better place

Tweeter in chief Donald Trump's dizzying movement of U.S. troops has not been without casualties. Far too much is at stake in Syria: Our view

Kellyanne Conway embarrasses CNN
Kellyanne Conway embarrasses CNN's Jim Acosta: 'You're such a smarta--'

Kellyanne Conway embarrassed CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a press gaggle on Tuesday, referring to him as a 'smarta--' unliked by other reporters. Acosta questioned Conway about whether President Trump would tell the truth when addressing the nation Tuesday night, prompting the heated exchange.

Judge Slams U.S. Over
Judge Slams U.S. Over 'Laughable' Shutdown Delay Request

In a ruling denying the government's bid for more time, U.S. District Judge William G. Young said lapses in federal appropriations, like the current one triggered by President Donald Trump's demand for funding for a border wall with Mexico, aren't a government "policy" that could theoretically justify staying such a lawsuit. "Let us talk plain -- they are simply an abdication by the president and the Congress (which could override a presidential veto) of the duty to govern responsibly to the end that all the laws may be faithfully executed," Young said in the Jan. 2 ruling in San Juan.

U.S.-China Trade Talks Extend to Wednesday, Trump Sees Progress
U.S.-China Trade Talks Extend to Wednesday, Trump Sees Progress

U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing are progressing and will extend into Wednesday, an American negotiator said. The discussions during the past two days "went well," according to Steven Winberg, an Energy Department official who spoke to reporters in Beijing.

The Two Trump Traits That Led to the Shutdown
The Two Trump Traits That Led to the Shutdown

The overstated criticism is that Trump has turned the Republican Party into a cult of personality. It's true that some Trump supporters speak cultishly of him. It's true, as well, that many Republican voters have changed their views, and many Republican politicians have adjusted their rhetoric, to match the president's positions.

CORRECTED: Procter & Gamble goes big on connected beauty for CES 2019
CORRECTED: Procter & Gamble goes big on connected beauty for CES 2019

The personal care company is introducing multiple new connected devices from several of its brands at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, it has announced. The move is part of the company's strategy to leverage innovative technologies across its health and beauty portfolio. First up is skincare brand Olay's new 'Skin Advisor' platform, which uses artificial intelligence to offer users personal skincare consultations and advice.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam grants clemency to convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam grants clemency to convicted murderer Cyntoia Brown

Brown was serving a life sentence for a murder she committed when she was a 16-year-old prostitute; Jonathan Serrie reports.

White House says Trump position unchanged as Syria withdrawal plans slow
White House says Trump position unchanged as Syria withdrawal plans slow

Trump's abrupt announcement last month that he was bringing home the roughly 2,000 troops in Syria, saying they had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State there, sparked concern among officials in Washington and allies abroad and prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign. In recent days, Trump administration officials have applied the brakes, making clear the withdrawal will not happen quickly. The president himself said last week that the United States would get out of Syria slowly "over a period of time." "The president hasn't changed his position, as he mentioned his primary goal is to ensure the safety of our troops and the safety of our allies as well," White...

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Withings' new watch will offer the same game-changing ECG feature as Apple's latest

At CES this week, French consumer electronics company Withings is set to show off its forthcoming Withings Move ECG, a product it bills as the first analog watch to offer the same game-changing feature for which Apple's newest Watch Series 4 attracted so much attention and headlines when it was unveiled. It's right there in the name of the new Withings' device - the ability to take eletrocardiogram (ECG) readings on-demand, which will let people presumably do a better job of monitoring their cardiovascular health and hopefully even detect heart conditions like atrial fibrillation, or AFib for short. The Move ECG combines what Withings touts as medical-grade heart monitoring technology and...

Palestinian Authority pulls staff from Rafah border crossing
Palestinian Authority pulls staff from Rafah border crossing

The Palestinian Authority said Sunday it was withdrawing staff from the Rafah border post with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip to protest against "brutal practices" by rival faction Hamas. "This decision comes in the light of recent developments and brutal practices of the de facto gangs" in the Gaza Strip, said the PA's civil affairs authority in a statement, quoted by official Palestinian news agency WAFA. It accused Hamas of "summoning, arresting and abusing our employees", leading it to conclude that their presence was futile, the statement said.

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GOP's Steve Scalise shuts down Twitter debate with Ocasio-Cortez

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise shut down a Twitter debate on taxes with U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after Twitter users referenced a Virginia shooting where Scalise and three other people were shot by left-wing activist.

King of Malaysia abdicates amid rumours of marriage to ex-Russian beauty queen
King of Malaysia abdicates amid rumours of marriage to ex-Russian beauty queen

The King of Malaysia renounced the throne on Sunday after weeks of speculation over his ill health and rumours that he had married a former Russian beauty queen in a secretive ceremony. The abdication of Muhammad V was announced by Malaysia's National Palace, which mysteriously gave no hints as to why the monarch had taken the historic decision. It marks the first time in Malaysian history that a monarch has stood down since the country gained independence from Great Britain in 1957. The palace statement said the king was grateful for the opportunity given to him by the Council of Rulers and thanked the prime minister and government. "His Highness has worked towards fulfilling his...

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