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Pence compares Trump wall effort to MLK; Dem calls Trump 'Grand Wizard' of Pennsylvania Ave.
Pence compares Trump wall effort to MLK; Dem calls Trump 'Grand Wizard' of Pennsylvania Ave.

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., also refers to the president as 'Birth-in-Chief." Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., calls Trump a racist.

Northern Ireland police says Londonderry security alerts were hoaxes
Northern Ireland police says Londonderry security alerts were hoaxes

Police had carried out a controlled explosion on a vehicle on Monday that was hijacked by masked men in Londonderry and examined two other abandoned vans, two days after a car bomb had exploded in the city. "We are not picking up any information that indicates that anybody wants to engage in violence in relation to the Brexit issue, certainly not at this point," PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton told Irish broadcaster RTE.

The Latest: Zimbabwe president returns to address crisis
The Latest: Zimbabwe president returns to address crisis

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The Latest on Zimbabwe's ongoing protests and turmoil. (all times local):

Weeks Into Shutdown, More TSA Agents Are Calling Out Sick
Weeks Into Shutdown, More TSA Agents Are Calling Out Sick

"It's not a sustainable situation"

4 things to know about Senator Kamala Harris
4 things to know about Senator Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced she will run for president in 2020. Here are 4 things to know about the California senator.

This Week: Results from Ford Motor and Starbucks; home sales

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:

How do you draw an X? Twitter is divided over it.
How do you draw an X? Twitter is divided over it.

Draw an X. I'll wait. Now, how did you go about it? The left stroke first, downward, then the right, or the right stroke first, upward? Turns out there are multiple ways. SEE ALSO: Everyone's taking their anger out on Sasuke in this hilarious new meme The question of how folks instinctively draw an X has gone viral, thanks to a thread by Twitter user @SMASEY. It's divided Twitter in a way we haven't seen since the whole Yanny/Laurel debate of 2018.  "Which way do you draw an X?" she asked, presenting eight possibilities, each showing a different colour for the first stroke and arrows indicating the direction of the strokes. > Also this is so interesting to me - which way...

4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants
4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants

"If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?"

Democrat who opposed Pelosi for speaker is blocked from a seat on the judiciary committee
Democrat who opposed Pelosi for speaker is blocked from a seat on the judiciary committee

New Jersey Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew says he did not vote Nancy Pelosi for speaker because his constituents wanted someone with new ideas.

Houston home to rival Martin Luther King Day parades
Houston home to rival Martin Luther King Day parades

HOUSTON (AP) - For more than two decades, Houston has had competing parades on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with organizers lobbing allegations of favoritism and conspiracy at each other and at city officials as the groups battled over permits and preferred starting times.

Trump Tweaks Border Stance in Bid to Shift Shutdown Blame
Trump Tweaks Border Stance in Bid to Shift Shutdown Blame

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the proposal on Saturday, hours before Trump outlined it in a White House speech to the nation. Trump said he would extend protections for three years for so-called Dreamers -- young people bought to the country illegally as children --and make other concessions in exchange for his demanded $5.7 billion toward a border wall. White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney mused to reporters that he is "very curious" to see how Democrats explain a "no" vote on Trump's plan under those circumstances.

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Here's What's Open and Closed on Martin Luther King Day

On January 21, 2019, Americans all over will most likely have the day off

Wall Street wary of progressive Democrats on the House finance committee
Wall Street wary of progressive Democrats on the House finance committee

Wall Street is bunkering down for a wave of intense scrutiny as a group of progressive Democrats, including social media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have joined a powerful House of Representatives committee overseeing banking activities. "It's a huge victory," said Ocasio-Cortez, at 29 the youngest member of Congress and a self-described socialist -- a word that shocks conservatives, who brandish it as a dire threat. Ocasio-Cortez, often referred to by her initials AOC, will bring public attention to the ordinarily drab committee via her strong social media presence that includes 2.5 million followers on Twitter.

March for Life Art Contrasts with Vulgar Signs at Women
March for Life Art Contrasts with Vulgar Signs at Women's March in 30 Photos

This weekend, Americans traveled from across the country to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life and the Women's March by walking with their poster art. The Women's March began Saturday morning at Freedom Plaza. While the first march boasted hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., the 2019 march appeared much smaller.

Trump team slams Buzzfeed report that he instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress
Trump team slams Buzzfeed report that he instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani calls the reporting 'categorically false' as the White House pushes back on the use of anonymous sources; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'

My Client Resigned From the White House. It's Time for Trump to Think About His Children and Do the Same
My Client Resigned From the White House. It's Time for Trump to Think About His Children and Do the Same

Impeachment should be far from the President's only concern

Arctic blasts threaten weekend blizzards, heavy snow and paralyzing ice storms
Arctic blasts threaten weekend blizzards, heavy snow and paralyzing ice storms

Heavy snows, strong winds expected from the Corn Belt to New England, with up to 40 inches of snow in some parts.

Detroit auto show models -- the human ones -- embrace new role
Detroit auto show models -- the human ones -- embrace new role

Every year at the Detroit auto show, good-looking women -- and men -- are deployed by the carmakers to present their new vehicles. The "product specialists" still have picture-perfect smiles, but they also can tick off the features of each car and prices with such assurance that the iPads they carry for reference can seem merely decorative. Perched on stilettos, Priscilla Tejeda is working for Toyota.

Barr Could Block Mueller Report Release But Would Risk Backlash
Barr Could Block Mueller Report Release But Would Risk Backlash

"Under the current regulations, the special counsel report is confidential," Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. Barr's justification for keeping Mueller's findings from the public appears to rest on a technical reading of federal regulations governing special counsels, as well as Justice Department policy for handling criminal and counterintelligence investigations, the officials said.

The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Kenya attack
The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Kenya attack

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local):

Russia, US in war of words over arms treaty
Russia, US in war of words over arms treaty

Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of being uncooperative on efforts to save a crucial arms control treaty, only to be accused by the US of dishonesty. Tensions have raged for months over the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) signed in 1987 by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. US President Donald Trump has promised to walk away from the agreement and President Vladimir Putin threatened a new arms race, saying Europe would be its main victim.

Netflix Price Hike Points to the Changing Math of Cord Cutting
Netflix Price Hike Points to the Changing Math of Cord Cutting

Here's some bad news for those looking forward to the season 3 premiere of "Stranger Things": The demogorgon isn't the only thing on the rise. Netflix is planning to boost prices for all of its m...

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panel
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says to serve on financial services panel

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she is poised to serve on a key congressional panel overseeing Wall Street.

Nancy Pelosi asks Donald Trump to postpone State of the Union address while shutdown continues
Nancy Pelosi asks Donald Trump to postpone State of the Union address while shutdown continues

Donald Trump was told to delay his State of the Union address by the most senior Democrat in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday until after the government shutdown was over. Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, wrote to Mr Trump demanding that he either push back the January 29 speech or simply submit a written version of what he wanted to say to Congress.  Ms Pelosi cited security concerns, saying that the Secret Service and Homeland Security - which both help keep the event safe - had been partly "hamstrung" by the lack of funding.  The move was an apparent attempt to force focus of the shutdown back onto Mr Trump while also denying the president a prominent stage from which to...

Kenya Forces Battle to End Attack as Death Toll Climbs
Kenya Forces Battle to End Attack as Death Toll Climbs

Explosions and heavy gunfire were heard early on Wednesday morning as security officers engaged the assailants at the Dusit Hotel on the outskirts of the city center, the Nairobi-based Daily Nation newspaper reported.

Spirit Airlines targets Raleigh/Durham for big expansion, adds 7 routes

Fast-growing Spirit Airlines will make a big debut at the airport, launching seven different nonstop routes when its Raleigh/Durham service begins May 2.

Barr Say He, Not Mueller, May Write the Public Report on Russia Probe
Barr Say He, Not Mueller, May Write the Public Report on Russia Probe

"I will commit to providing as much information as I can consistent with the regulations" on special counsels, Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Justice Department, said Tuesday in the first of two days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barr, 68, has been through the confirmation process before and served as attorney general in the 1990s.

Barr Tells Senators He Might Not Release Mueller Report
Barr Tells Senators He Might Not Release Mueller Report

In a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, Attorney General nominee William Barr declined to promise that he would release Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report to Congress and the public. "My goal and intent is to get as much information out as I can," Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee, before adding that he was "not going to make a pledge to anyone on this committee" about how he would handle his responsibilities as attorney general. "As the rules stand now, the rules I think say the special counsel will prepare a summary report on any prosecutive or declination decisions, and that shall be confidential and be treated as any other declination or prosecutive...

Jayme Closs 911 call released:
Jayme Closs 911 call released: 'Yes. It is her. I 100 percent think it is her'

Jayme Closs, 13, was held captive in a remote cabin in Wisconsin for months after Jake Patterson allegedly murdered her parents and kidnapped her.

Parliament Rejects May
Parliament Rejects May's Brexit Deal

The Brexit deal painstakingly negotiated by British prime minister Theresa May over the past two years was rejected overwhelmingly by Parliament on Tuesday. The deal, which fell in a 432-202 vote in the House of Commons, represented the only established path forward to prevent a so-called "no-deal" British exit from the European Union, which is set to take place in March and would likely result in massive political and economic upheaval. In response to the historic defeat, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a vote of no confidence, which, if passed, would oust May and give Corbyn a chance to form a new government.

Ranger pickup is part of the deal as Ford, VW announce alliance in Detroit
Ranger pickup is part of the deal as Ford, VW announce alliance in Detroit

VW will gain access to Ford Ranger platform.

Motorists left stranded on snow-clogged I-5 in Southern California as storm wreaks havoc, triggers mudslides
Motorists left stranded on snow-clogged I-5 in Southern California as storm wreaks havoc, triggers mudslides

Emergency officials called for evacuations near several burn scar areas in Southern California as a powerful storm wreaked havoc with travel on Monday.

El Chapo attorney
El Chapo attorney's affair, sexting steals spotlight at trial

Drug kingpin El Chapo's attorney is stealing the headlines from his client after The New York Post obtained steamy text messages between him and his mistress. Concerns abound if the relationship will affect the case.

Pound Sentiment Improves in Traders' Positioning for Brexit Vote
Pound Sentiment Improves in Traders' Positioning for Brexit Vote

A gauge of relative demand for bullish or bearish options on sterling has climbed to the highest since April even as the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan faces almost certain defeat in a House of Commons vote Tuesday. The pound may extend its rebound to above $1.30 should the Brexit deadline be delayed from the end of March, said Yuji Kameoka, chief foreign-exchange analyst at Daiwa Securities Co. in Tokyo.

President Trump Feeds College Football National Champions 'Hamberders' and Twitter Can't Stomach It
President Trump Feeds College Football National Champions 'Hamberders' and Twitter Can't Stomach It

"We have some very large people that like eating. So I think we're going to have a little fun"

House Plans Shutdown Votes as Senators Meet to Seek Compromise
House Plans Shutdown Votes as Senators Meet to Seek Compromise

The meeting on Monday didn't appear to produce any conclusion, and President Donald Trump has indicated he wouldn't sign a stopgap without the funding he's demanding for a wall on the Mexico border, suggesting there's no clear resolution in sight. The measures are unlikely to gain GOP support and advance in the Senate because they don't contain the $5.7 billion in wall funding sought by Trump. The funding bills "offer President Trump and Senate Republicans additional options to end the shutdown while allowing time for negotiation on border security and immigration policy," said Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat.

US car buyers swerve away from compact cars, sedans
US car buyers swerve away from compact cars, sedans

A persistent question shadowed all of the shiny new vehicles and highly-produced, glitzy debuts at the Detroit auto show this week: Where are the sedans? Volkswagen was among the few to trumpet a new sedan -- those compact and mid-sized cars that shuttled generations of American children to school in the morning and soccer practice in the afternoon. The middle-class sedan -- as opposed to luxury brands and high-performance sports cars -- is hard to find this week on the Detroit auto show's floor, eclipsed by row upon row of giant trucks and SUVs.

LA teachers go on strike over wages, class size
LA teachers go on strike over wages, class size

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district. (Jan. 14)

Morning buns combine richness of croissant with cinnamon bun
Morning buns combine richness of croissant with cinnamon bun

Combine the rich layers of a croissant with the sweet swirls of a cinnamon bun and you'll have one of our favorite brunch pastries: morning buns.

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid
In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants.

There Is a Crisis at the Border. It's Not the One Trump Is Describing
There Is a Crisis at the Border. It's Not the One Trump Is Describing

The number of families from Central America seeking asylum at the border has dramatically increased.

Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term
Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began a new term on Thursday with the economy in ruins and his regime more isolated than ever as regional leaders declared his re-election illegitimate and shunned his inauguration. The 56-year-old socialist leader was sworn in by Supreme Court president Maikel Moreno as an audience of hundreds, including a handful of South American leftist leaders and Venezuela's military top brass, cheered and applauded. "I swear on behalf of the people of Venezuelan ... I swear on my life," Maduro said solemnly as he took the oath of office for a second six-year term.

Top US diplomat assails Obama in Mideast policy speech
Top US diplomat assails Obama in Mideast policy speech

CAIRO (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies on Thursday, accusing the former president of "misguided" thinking that diminished America's role in the region while harming its longtime friends and emboldening Iran.

Fiat Chrysler to pay $515 mn in US
Fiat Chrysler to pay $515 mn in US 'dieselgate' settlements

Fiat Chrysler agreed to a $515 million US settlement on charges it installed "defeat devices" on cars to evade emissions tests, the US Justice Department announced Thursday. The remaining funds will go to civil fines and mitigation payments to the US and the state of California. US officials said FCA's EcoDiesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee for model years 2014-2016 were built with software designed to operate differently during emissions tests compared with real-world conditions.

Double blow for car sector as JLR, Ford announce job cuts
Double blow for car sector as JLR, Ford announce job cuts

Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said it will cut around 4,500 jobs as it tries to tackle a slowdown in China and a slump in demand for its diesel-powered vehicles. And, as Laura Frykberg reports, Ford Europe says it will cut thousands of jobs, exit unprofitable markets and discontinue loss-making vehicle lines.

Starbucks plans to install needle-disposal boxes in some bathrooms
Starbucks plans to install needle-disposal boxes in some bathrooms

The coffee giant's decision was made to solve an issue that could expose its workers to hazardous health concerns including HIV and hepatitis, a Starbucks spokesperson told USA TODAY.

Toyota recalls 1.7 million more vehicles for risk of shrapnel from exploding airbags

Toyota announced the recall of 1.7 million North American vehicles, a part of the ongoing recall involving potentially deadly passenger airbags.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Undergoes Its Biggest Changes in a Decade
The 2020 Ford Explorer Undergoes Its Biggest Changes in a Decade

Ford's three-row family hauler reverts to rear-drive architecture.

Northern California man arrested for alleged theft of roommate
Northern California man arrested for alleged theft of roommate's $10-million lottery ticket

Authorities have arrested a California man they say tried to steal his roommate's $10 million winning lottery ticket.

DJ admits to murder, apologizes to victim
DJ admits to murder, apologizes to victim's family

A Pennsylvania DJ has admitted to murdering a 25-year-old woman in 1992, prosecutors said, after DNA linked him to the cold case killing.

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