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After Wisconsin girl’s safe return, question is: Why?

By JEFF BAENEN and GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for nearly three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for ...

Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way ...

Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reported Friday. The report ...

Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Natalie Corona was a rising star in her police department with a sparkling smile and a huge heart who had followed in her father's footsteps and became an officer, fulfilling a lifelong dream just a few months ...

Trump to take his case to build wall to prime-time audience

By MATTHEW DALY, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night that a "crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he's demanding before ...

Air travelers start to feel effects of government shutdown

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel. Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick while they are not getting ...

Defense: Other partner killed McStays, buried them in desert

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Greed, debt and a gambling problem drove a Southern California man to kill his business partner's family with a sledgehammer and bury their bodies in the desert, prosecutors said Monday. But the defense said authorities are charging the wrong man and the real ...

Alabama civil rights institute rescinds Angela Davis honor

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Black activists on Monday called for leadership changes and protests at an Alabama civil rights museum after it rescinded an award for political activist Angela Davis, a move the mayor said followed complaints from the Jewish ...

Administration: Government shutdown won’t delay tax refunds

By MARCY GORDON and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers who are owed refunds will be paid on time, despite the government shutdown that has closed many federal agencies, a Trump administration official said Monday as concern mounted over the risk that the payments could ...

Democrats plan more pressure on Trump to reopen government

By CATHERINE LUCEY and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is standing firm in his border wall funding demands and newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure ...