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A British flag is pictured at the European Parliament during a debate on Brexit, Wednesday, Jan.16, 2019 in Strasbourg. European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU "fearing more than ever that there is a risk" of a cliff-edge departure. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
January 16, 2019 - 5:58 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:10 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says she has started meeting leaders of opposition parties about Brexit and called for politicians to "put self-interest aside" and find a consensus on Britain's path out of the European Union. May...
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In this image provided by Hossein Hashemi, Marzieh Hashemi, poses for a photo. An attorney with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee says the Iranian television anchorwoman has been released from a U.S. jail. Abed Ayoub said Marzieh Hashemi was released Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, after being detained for more than a week in Washington. (Hossein Hashemi via AP)
January 16, 2019 - 4:22 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness. Marzieh Hashemi, who worked for the network...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, Brother Tomasio Venditti of Steubenville, Ohio, right, holds a Trump-Pence campaign sign as he and Lis Kelly of Notre Dame, Ind., background, wear white gowns depicting the Lady of Guadalupe during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington during the annual March for Life. The annual march to proteststhe Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 16, 2019 - 4:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, the House voted 416-1 for a resolution repudiating King’s words expressing puzzlement about why terms like “white nationalist” are offensive. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 16, 2019 - 4:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy are "abhorrent," the White House said Wednesday as bipartisan condemnation of King continued. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised a move by House Republicans to strip the nine-term Iowa lawmaker of...
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A portion of a letter sent to President Donald Trump from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Washington. Pelosi has asked President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation, set for Jan. 29, until the government reopens. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
January 16, 2019 - 3:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The House has passed a Democratic measure to reopen the government through Feb. 8 and provide $14 billion in emergency spending for recent hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. The bill was...
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January 16, 2019 - 1:59 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec...
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Julian Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, speaks at Saint Anselm College, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
January 16, 2019 - 12:34 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Democrat Julian Castro, in the early primary state of New Hampshire for the first time as a presidential candidate, told voters on Wednesday that he believes "everyone counts" and accused the Trump administration of "picking and choosing" who has chances to succeed. The 44-...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Karen Pence smiles as she gives a tour of the holiday decorations at the Vice President's residence in Washington. It’s back to school for Karen Pence. Mrs. Pence began teaching art to elementary students at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
January 16, 2019 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence's return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" as among the disqualifying criteria for employees is drawing criticism from the nation's largest gay rights advocacy group. The office of the vice president's wife said it was...
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A policeman stands guard as some of the people arrested during demonstrations over the hike in fuel prices, make their court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Jan,16, 2019. Some dozens of people appeared in court and were charged with public violence and a human rights group in Zimbabwe says a few people were killed in clashes between demonstrators protesting fuel hikes and security forces who opened fire on some crowds. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
January 16, 2019 - 10:42 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles arrested a prominent activist and pastor on Wednesday, along with scores of others, in a harsh crackdown over protests against dramatic fuel price hikes in the economically shattered country. Zimbabwe's state security minister says...
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January 16, 2019 - 8:41 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local) 6:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is claiming that the Islamic State "caliphate has crumbled" and the militant network "has been defeated." But his comments Wednesday in a speech at the State Department came shortly after the U.S...
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