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January 16, 2019 - 4:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The creative team that brought you the best-selling parody of the Pence family rabbit has a new book coming. Writer Jill Twiss and illustrator EG Keller are collaborating on "The Someone New," HarperCollins Children's Books announced Wednesday. Scheduled for June 4, the book is a...
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Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI hall on the occasion his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
January 16, 2019 - 3:35 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has confirmed he will attend all sessions of his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit next month that will include plenary meetings, witness testimony and a penitential Mass. The Vatican said Wednesday that the organizers of the Feb. 21-24 meeting met last week...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. State Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced this week he'd seek the Republican nomination, facing the nine-term King. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 15, 2019 - 8:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The House has approved a Democratic measure disapproving of Republican Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy. The nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure, which was...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, a man holds on to the border wall along the beach, in Tijuana, Mexico. The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 election has quietly dwindled to a few hundred people, with many of them having crossed into the U.S. or put down roots in Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
January 15, 2019 - 8:24 pm
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 midterm election has quietly dwindled, with many having gone home to Central America or put down roots in Mexico. Despite the hard-line immigration rhetoric by the Trump...
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An anti-Brexit demonstrator cries as he gathers in Parliament square in London, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. British lawmakers have rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by a huge margin, plunging U.K. politics into crisis 10 weeks before the country is due to leave the European Union. The House of Commons voted 432 -202 on Tuesday against the deal struck between Britain's government and the EU in November. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
January 15, 2019 - 5:36 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 10:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is casting doubt on chances the European Union will renegotiate Britain's exit deal after British lawmakers roundly rejected the one their government reached with the EU...
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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 15, 2019 - 5:13 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Why now? Despite his seemingly endless string of racist comments and insults about immigrants, Iowa Rep. Steve King had the Republican Party's backing through nine elections and GOP presidential contenders often lined up for his endorsement in the state's lead-off caucuses...
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FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo, shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown, nearly 60 percent of its workforce, to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 15, 2019 - 4:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid during the shutdown. With the official start of the tax...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2010 file photo, census employees, including Joseph Mintz, seated, and Lesley Rubinger, far right, assemble after a training course in New York. A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending that officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
January 15, 2019 - 3:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants. In a 277-...
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Gov. Jay Inslee points toward the gallery above where his family sits at the conclusion of his State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, who is mulling a 2020 White House bid, highlighted his clean energy agenda in the annual speech. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
January 15, 2019 - 2:50 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's lieutenant governor declined to preside at Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State speech Tuesday, saying he was concerned people might bring concealed weapons to the joint session of the Legislature. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a Democrat, noted that the state House...
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January 15, 2019 - 2:22 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Somali immigrants can testify at the sentencing of three militia members convicted of plotting to bomb their Kansas apartment complex. The decision Tuesday is a blow to the efforts by defense attorneys to block 20 short videos of testimony that...
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