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The Latest: Los Angeles teachers union sued over dues
The Latest: Los Angeles teachers union sued over dues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the end of the Los Angeles teachers strike (all times local):

Nurse arrested after US woman gave birth in vegetative state
Nurse arrested after US woman gave birth in vegetative state

A male nurse has been arrested in Arizona for the sexual assault of a woman who gave birth while in a long-term vegetative state, police in the US state said Wednesday. The suspect -- identified as Nathan Sutherland, age 36 -- faces charges of one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson told a news conference. Sutherland is a "licensed practical nurse who was responsible for providing care to the victim during this time the sexual assault occurred," Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said.

Man charged with kidnapping after missing woman found in his apartment
Man charged with kidnapping after missing woman found in his apartment

Authorities arrested Victor Pena after finding Olivia Ambrose inside his apartment.

A time-limited Brexit backstop would be useless: EU's Barnier

A temporary safeguard to avoid erecting a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit would serve no purpose, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday. In an interview to newspapers Le Monde, Rzeczpospolita and Luxemburger Wort, Barnier said the current backstop proposal over the border was the only option on the table. This is the only possible option because an insurance is of no use if it is time limited," Barnier said.

Q&A: Impact of Supreme Court decision on transgender troops
Q&A: Impact of Supreme Court decision on transgender troops

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue.

Sanders reaches out to black SC voters before 2020 decision
Sanders reaches out to black SC voters before 2020 decision

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Even before he announces whether he's a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina's African-American voters handed him in 2016.

Kentucky Catholic Student Says He Wishes 'We Could Have Walked Away' From Confrontation With Native American Veteran
Kentucky Catholic Student Says He Wishes 'We Could Have Walked Away' From Confrontation With Native American Veteran

"As far as standing there, I had every right to do so"

Every Photo of the Heavy Duty 2020 GMC Sierra
Every Photo of the Heavy Duty 2020 GMC Sierra

Doctor who cared for rape victim who gave birth at Phoenix nursing facility resigns, another suspended
Doctor who cared for rape victim who gave birth at Phoenix nursing facility resigns, another suspended

The departures follow Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons resigning on Jan. 7 when news of the sexual-assault investigation was reported.

Senate Leaders Agree on Possible Path to Reopening Government
Senate Leaders Agree on Possible Path to Reopening Government

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer have agreed to a deal that could end the partial government shutdown, which entered its 32nd day Tuesday. Under the deal, the Senate will vote Thursday on two bills intended to end the shutdown. One bill includes President Trump's request for $5.7 billion to construct a wall at the southern border, and one would fund the government entities affected by the shutdown through February 8, kicking the fight down the road until then.

Banks, phone companies, nonprofits roll out help for federal workers amid government shutdown
Banks, phone companies, nonprofits roll out help for federal workers amid government shutdown

Creditors are offering assistance for federal workers. For many, it's the first time they have rolled a nationwide plan for a government shutdown.

Covington Catholic Is the Terrible Sequel to the Kavanaugh Case
Covington Catholic Is the Terrible Sequel to the Kavanaugh Case

Over the last 72 hours, I've been asking myself a simple question: What would happen if a group of Black Israelites had spent an hour taunting my son's high-school football team? How would they have reacted if a Native American elder had walked into their midst - apparently not saying anything intelligible to them, but rather banging a drum and chanting inches from one kid's face. The boys wouldn't have reacted all that differently from the kids at Covington Catholic.

Alleged US spy received Russian
Alleged US spy received Russian 'state secret' without knowing: lawyer

A former US Marine charged with espionage in Russia was handed a USB drive containing state secrets without knowing what was on the device, his lawyer said Tuesday after a hearing extending his client's custody. Paul Whelan, 48, was taken into custody on December 28 by the Russian FSB security service, which said he was caught "while carrying out an act of espionage".

Waymo revs up self-driving car making near Motor City
Waymo revs up self-driving car making near Motor City

Waymo on Tuesday announced it will rev up its self-driving car production by establishing a factory devoted exclusively to mass production of autonomous vehicles in Michigan. The company owned by Google-parent Alphabet collaborated with Michigan's economic development corporation on a plan to use a manufacturing facility in that state for integrating self-driving technology into vehicles it adds to its fleet. Waymo already has about 20 workers based in the southeast Michigan city of Novi.

Stunning video captures icy Niagara Falls
Stunning video captures icy Niagara Falls

Sub-freezing temperatures Monday caused Niagara Falls to freeze over at its edges, creating a wintertime visual treat for viewers on the Canadian side. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

British
British 'spy' accused of receiving USB stick with 'state secrets,' lawyer says

Investigators have accused a British citizen held on espionage charges in Russia of receiving a USB stick that contained state secrets, his lawyer has said.  Paul Whelan, 48, believed the USB stick had photographs and other information about a church he had visited, lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov said. FSB security agents swooped in and seized him before he could see what was on the flash drive, he added. Russian media previously claimed he was grabbed at the Metropole Hotel near the Kremlin while receiving a USB stick with a list of employees of a state agency. In the first public appearance since he was detained on December 28, Moscow city court refused an appeal to grant bail to Mr...

The Latest: Native American offers to meet with students
The Latest: Native American offers to meet with students

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on reaction from an encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. (all times local):

Transgender Troops Will Face Obstacles After Supreme Court Order
Transgender Troops Will Face Obstacles After Supreme Court Order

Hundreds of transgender troops may continue serving in the military, but new recruits will face obstacles under a Supreme Court decision.

Trump Presses Ahead on State of Union After Pelosi
Trump Presses Ahead on State of Union After Pelosi's Suggestion to Delay

The request was made to House officials, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and is another escalation in his battle with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The House sergeant-at-arms, one of the recipients of the White House request over the weekend, is awaiting a response from Pelosi's office. Pelosi last week said Trump should postpone the address because of security concerns stemming from the shutdown and consider delivering it in writing instead of in-person.

Car bomb hits Syria regime stronghold Latakia
Car bomb hits Syria regime stronghold Latakia

A car bomb shook the Syrian regime's coastal stronghold of Latakia on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others, state news agency SANA reported. According to SANA the bomb blast hit southern Damascus without causing any victims, but the Observatory reported it left a number of people dead and wounded.

Belarus escort who claimed Trump secrets freed from Russian jail
Belarus escort who claimed Trump secrets freed from Russian jail

A Belarusian escort who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's election campaign was freed from a Russian jail on Tuesday following her arrest last week, lawyers said. Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, was arrested alongside Alexander Kirillov, a self-styled sex guru, when the two arrived at Moscow's main airport following their deportation from Thailand last Thursday. Vashukevich had been planning to travel on to the Belarusian capital Minsk.

The Covington Affair
The Covington Affair

The condemnations were vitriolic, including here at National Review. As longtime readers know, the Corner is our group blog that encourages real-time, unfiltered reactions by our individual writers (it was basically Twitter before the advent of Twitter).

How to Draw an X Right Is a Debate That Is Currently Unfolding on the Internet
How to Draw an X Right Is a Debate That Is Currently Unfolding on the Internet

The internet is struggling with how to write the letter x on Twitter.

Extreme Temperatures Have Frozen Parts of Niagara Falls
Extreme Temperatures Have Frozen Parts of Niagara Falls

Extreme Temperatures Have Frozen Parts of Niagara Falls

To The Teachers And Parents Of Covington Catholic High School
To The Teachers And Parents Of Covington Catholic High School

Friday's first-ever Indigenous People's March in Washington should have been

Ocasio Cortez:
Ocasio Cortez: 'The World is Going to End In Twelve Years If We Don't Address Climate Change'

"Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we're like: 'The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don't address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?'" Ocasio-Cortez told interviewer Tanehisi Coates at an "MLK Now" event in New York. The timeline Ocasio-Cortez referenced was likely based on a U.N. backed report, released last year, that predicted the consequences of man-made climate change would become irreversible in twelve years if global carbon emissions are not immediately and dramatically reduced.

The Chevrolet Silverado Four-Cylinder Gets Worse Fuel Economy Than the V-8 in Our Test
The Chevrolet Silverado Four-Cylinder Gets Worse Fuel Economy Than the V-8 in Our Test

Here's more proof that downsizing and turbocharging have their limits.

Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit 'plan B' - What happens next in parliament?

On Jan. 29, parliament will debate May's proposed next steps as well as alternative plans put forward by lawmakers, including some that seek to delay Britain's March 29 exit by requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation period. Some also seek to shift control of the process away from government and give parliament the chance to define Brexit. If successful, this could have a profound effect, giving lawmakers who want to block, delay or renegotiate Brexit a possible legal route to do so.

End the government shutdown. Let's make a deal on immigration.
End the government shutdown. Let's make a deal on immigration.

Though Donald Trump wants permanent barriers but only temporary protection for 'Dreamers,' some difference-splitting could bridge the divide: Our view

Russia detains 11 protesters ahead of Putin talks with Japan's Abe: monitor

Russian police detained 11 protesters outside the Japanese embassy in Moscow as they rallied against the idea of ceding control over disputed islands to Japan, OVD-Info, a Russian organization that monitor protest, said on Tuesday. The detentions took place ahead of talks in Moscow between President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss a World War Two peace deal that could resolve a decades-old territorial dispute. The islands are known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan.

China Demands the U.S. Drop Extradition Efforts for Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou
China Demands the U.S. Drop Extradition Efforts for Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou

China is demanding the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei.

U.S. to formally seek extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou - Globe and Mail
U.S. to formally seek extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou - Globe and Mail

David MacNaughton, in an interview with the Canadian newspaper published on Monday, said the United States has told Canada it will request Meng's extradition, but he did not say when the request will be made. The deadline for filing is Jan. 30, or 60 days after Meng was arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver.

Israeli soldiers
Israeli soldiers 'neutralised' West Bank attacker: army

A Palestinian attacked Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank late Monday before being shot and "neutralised," the army said, with Palestinian officials reporting the man had died. The Israeli army said the knife-wielding assailant had arrived in a car from Nablus and tried to stab a soldier manning a checkpoint south of the city. The Palestinian health ministry and security sources said the 36-year-old, Mohammed Adwe, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the site.

At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: sources
At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: sources

At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, security sources said Tuesday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously. Militants detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the training facility before gunmen arrived in a car and opened fire. "We took about 65 bodies out of the rubble yesterday," Mohammad Sardar Bakhyari, deputy head of the provincial council in Wardak province, where the attack occurred on Monday in the latest blow to beleaguered security forces.

'Welcome' refugees in Kansas celebrate their American birthdays

Many of nearly 100 excited children running around a community center in Kansas City over the weekend had two things in common. Far from a strange coincidence, the date is usually assigned to immigrants who arrive in the United States without birth certificates, as refugees often do.

Tourist killed by falling window from Hong Kong hotel
Tourist killed by falling window from Hong Kong hotel

A hotel employee arrested after a window she was cleaning fell onto a busy Hong Kong street and killed a tourist was released on bail Tuesday as investigators try to work out what caused the fatal tragedy. Police said a 24-year-old female tourist from the Chinese mainland was struck by the window which fell from the 16th floor of the Mira Hotel in the busy Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district on Monday. The accident sparked alarm that a window could possibly fall from the outside of a modern hotel building in a city stacked with skyscrapers.

May
May's Brexit Plan B Still Keeps Her Dependent on Opposition Votes

May lost the vote on her Brexit deal last week 432-202, with 118 largely Euroskeptic Conservative lawmakers and all 10 members of the Democratic Unionist Party -- who are supposed to be her allies -- opposing her. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has expressed more interest in another election than in saving May's Brexit deal, which makes it risky for the prime minister to try to win his party's support.

Open letter to Xi demands China to release detained Canadians
Open letter to Xi demands China to release detained Canadians

A group of 143 former diplomats and scholars from 19 countries have penned an open letter to Xi Jinping, China's president, demanding Beijing to "immediately release" two Canadians detained in China.  Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a prominent consultant on North Korean business issues, have been held for six weeks in Beijing. In their respective roles, the two frequently met with Chinese officials, researchers and scholars, the letter noted. The "detentions send a message that this kind of constructive work is unwelcome and even risky in China," the letter said. "That will lead to less dialogue and greater distrust, and undermine efforts to manage disagreements...

The Trump Offer
The Trump Offer

President Trump offered Democrats an immigration deal over the weekend to end the government shutdown. It was a reasonable proposal to exchange a temporary amnesty for beneficiaries of DACA (the so-called Dreamers) and TPS (illegal immigrants who supposedly couldn't go home because of war or natural disasters) for $5.7 billion for border barriers, $800 million for humanitarian programs at the border, some changes in asylum rules, and more border agents and immigration judges. Nancy Pelosi rejected it out of hand, even before hearing his formal televised offer.

Elderly Woman Whose Wedding Ring Was Stolen at Nursing Home Passes Away
Elderly Woman Whose Wedding Ring Was Stolen at Nursing Home Passes Away

An elderly woman battling to get her wedding ring back after it was stolen and then pawned, has passed away, according to family members.

Different angle of video of Catholic high school students and Native American shows the man approached them
Different angle of video of Catholic high school students and Native American shows the man approached them

Viral video of confrontation between students and Native Americans draws outrage; Garrett Tenney reports.

Sen. Hoeven on shutdown showdown: President has proposed something for both sides
Sen. Hoeven on shutdown showdown: President has proposed something for both sides

The partial government shutdown enters day 31; Sen. John Hoeven weighs in on the likelihood a deal can be reached.

Scores of China Experts Urge Xi to Release Jailed Canadians
Scores of China Experts Urge Xi to Release Jailed Canadians

The group, including former U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke, ex-Hong Kong Governor Christopher Patten and five former Canadian ambassadors to China, released an open letter to the Chinese leader Tuesday urging the two men's freedom. The letter said that Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave to work with the International Crisis Group in Hong Kong, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur who helped organize tourist trips to North Korea, had advocated exchanges that help build ties around the globe.

Native American elder, teen at center of crowd in viral video speak out
Native American elder, teen at center of crowd in viral video speak out

After a Native American elder and a group of teens were at the center of a viral video showing a confrontation after the Indigenous Peoples March, both sides are speaking out.

Facebook to add 1,000 new jobs in Ireland by year-end
Facebook to add 1,000 new jobs in Ireland by year-end

The social media giant Facebook will hire an additional 1,000 people at its international headquarters in Dublin this year, the second major jobs announcement from a U.S. multinational in Ireland in a matter of days. Facebook began work late last year on a new office campus in Dublin, which it said would quadruple its footprint in the city and allow it to more than double its current staff of over 4,000. In a speech in Dublin on Monday, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the new roles would primarily be assigned to its crackdown on abuse taking place on its site.

U.S. Airport Screener Absences Triple as Shutdown Continues
U.S. Airport Screener Absences Triple as Shutdown Continues

The number of unscheduled TSA absences hit the highest level seen so far, the TSA said in a statement Monday as the shutdown entered its 31st day. Airport screeners are in a category of workers including FBI agents and border patrol officers who are considered "essential" and therefore required to work without pay during the shutdown.

Taliban say they hold talks with U.S. Afghan envoy in Qatar

KABUL/PESHAWAR,Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban met U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar on Monday, the militant group said, days after threatening to pull out of Afghan peace talks and hours after Taliban fighters killed more than 100 members of the Afghan security forces. "Talks between Taliban leaders and U.S. officials have started today in Qatar," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement.

Trump lauds federal employees as 'great patriots,' promises to 'win big' on border wall
Trump lauds federal employees as 'great patriots,' promises to 'win big' on border wall

President Donald Trump, one month into the federal government shutdown, took to Twitter to thank federal employees who are working without pay.

Gisele Bundchen celebrates Tom Brady, New England Patriots in the cutest way
Gisele Bundchen celebrates Tom Brady, New England Patriots in the cutest way

Gisele Bundchen made good use of Tom Brady GIFs and heart emojis in videos celebrating her husband's AFC championship win.

Paper questions Karen Pence
Paper questions Karen Pence's job

Over Christian school's teacher application.

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