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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2016, file photo, Isac Ramos fishes at a ranch on the banks of the Rio Grande in Los Ebanos, Texas. A federal attorney in South Texas said in court this week that he was only allowed to work on border wall cases during the partial government shutdown. The Texas Civil Rights Project on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 released a transcript of a Tuesday hearing in a case where the U.S. government sued a local landowner for her property along the U.S.-Mexico border in Los Ebanos. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
January 17, 2019 - 1:38 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal attorney in South Texas said in court this week that during the ongoing partial government shutdown, he only has been allowed to work on cases related to President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. The Texas Civil Rights Project on Thursday released a transcript of a...
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Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith speaks Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, during a news conference in Bellevue, Wash., to announce a $500 million pledge by Microsoft to develop affordable housing for low- and middle-income workers in response to the Seattle region's widening affordability gap and to also to address homelessness. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 17, 2019 - 12:41 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed with the expansion of Amazon and other companies, the cost of...
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January 17, 2019 - 11:58 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Workers who sued General Motors after nooses and racist graffiti were found at its largest U.S. transmission plant nearly two years ago are still facing racial harassment, their attorney said Thursday. Just this week, one of the workers found a monkey doll and a racist drawing...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2019, file photo, flanked by first lady Michelle Bolsonaro, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro waves as he rides in an open car after his swearing-in ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil. The far-right leader’s first two weeks on the job have been filled with missteps and communication gaffes and little of his promised sweeping changes, underscoring a steep learning curve for a president elected on promises to overhaul much of daily life in Latin America's largest nation. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
January 17, 2019 - 11:28 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss "had been wrong." The former army captain also said he would be open to putting a U.S. base in his country, but...
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The Houthi rebel delegation, and delegates of the internationally recognized Yemeni government meet for a second day for talks on implementing a prisoner exchange agreed to in Sweden last month, in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. The office of U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has described the two-day meeting as a "technical one." The International Committee of the Red Cross is also attending. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
January 17, 2019 - 10:29 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The head of the U.N. mission In Yemen charged with monitoring a cease-fire between rival forces in a key port city was leaving a meeting with government representatives Thursday when a U.N.-marked armored vehicle in his convoy was hit with one round of small arms fire, the...
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Supporters of Russia's president Vladimir Putin and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic hold a banner depicting the two during a show of support in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Amid a lavish welcome, Putin arrived in Serbia on Thursday in a show of the Russian president's support for the Balkan country's populist leader and his pro-Moscow policies. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
January 17, 2019 - 10:26 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin received a hero's welcome in ally Serbia on Thursday as the Russian president attempted to maintain political and economic influence in the Balkans, which is increasingly looking Westward. Putin's presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29...
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Members of the security staff are on strike at the airport in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Flights across Germany are facing disruption after security staff at eight airports went on strike over pay. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)
January 17, 2019 - 9:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German union that has called a string of disruptive strikes by airport security staff says it won't hold any further walkouts ahead of and during pay talks next week. The ver.di union said it decided to put any further strikes on hold after employers signaled Thursday that they plan...
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In this image provided by military personnel, emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly car bombing at a police academy on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Bogota, Colombia. (AP Photo)
January 17, 2019 - 9:10 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — At least nine people were killed and another 10 injured in a car bombing at a Colombian police academy in Bogota on Thursday, recalling the high-profile attacks associated with bloodiest chapters of the country's guerrilla and drug conflicts. The scene outside the General...
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This undated photo made available Thursday Jan. 17, 2019, shows the so called 'delay scarf' which a Munich commuter has knitted with each colour reflecting the amount of time her journey with Deutsche Bahn train service had been delayed. The hand-made scarf sold in an online auction for 7,550 euros (dollars 8,600) to the German Railway Deutsche Bahn. The money is being donated to a charity for the homeless. (Sara Weber via AP)
January 17, 2019 - 8:14 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest rail company, under fire for its unpunctual service, is trying to mollify one disgruntled commuter by buying her "delay scarf." Deutsche Bahn, which on Thursday announced plans to hire 22,000 more staff, bought the hand-made scarf in an online auction for 7,550 euros...
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FILE- This Jan. 8, 2015, file photo shows a row of chairs with the "Pitt" logo, for the University of Pittsburgh before an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh is offering graduating seniors up to $5,000 in federal student loan relief with one request: They pay it forward. The school’s new program, Panthers Forward, will help recent graduates chip away at student debt and introduce them to alumni mentors to encourage professional development. Students have no obligation to repay the gift, but the university is encouraging recipients to make financial contributions to sustain the program. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
January 17, 2019 - 6:57 am
With collective U.S. student loan debt nearing $1.5 trillion, some colleges are testing innovative solutions to help reduce student borrowing. Using no-strings-attached student loan payoff-assistance programs, college loan alternatives and annual student debt letters, these three universities are...
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