Government and politics

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks to the media outside the Government Buildings in Dublin Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, after Britain's Parliament discarded Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in a historic defeat for the government late Tuesday. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)
January 16, 2019 - 7:37 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Irish leader Leo Varadkhar says that it is now up to the British government to come up with alternatives to avoid an exit from the European Union without an agreement. Varadkar says that if Prime Minister Theresa May's government is...
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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 - 6:20 am
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union leaders were pleading Wednesday with the U.K. to finally get its act together on Brexit, end internal strife and come up with a realistic plan to leave the bloc — well over two years after Britain decided to leave the EU and departure just 10 weeks away...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a member of the Chinese military marches before the welcoming ceremony for President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China. A new defense intelligence assessment lays out U.S. concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries that Beijing could decide it has the ability to attack Taiwan and win.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 16, 2019 - 6:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives to attend an annual roundup news conference about his department's 2018 accomplishments in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
January 16, 2019 - 5:08 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says Moscow isn't considering a possibility of swapping an American arrested on suspicion of espionage for any of the Russians held in the U.S. Sergey Lavrov says...
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Maria Arienza, right, an English and Spanish teacher, shouts slogans alongside her student Stephanie Medrano, second from right, outside of North Hollywood High School Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. Teachers in the huge Los Angeles Unified School District walked picket lines again Tuesday as administrators urged them to return to classrooms and for their union to return to the bargaining table. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 16, 2019 - 1:55 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as tens of thousands of teachers planned to walk picket lines for a third day Wednesday, after being joined on strike for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools. "We need...
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 1994 file photo, Interstate 10, the Santa Monica Freeway, split and collapsed over La Cienega Boulevard following the Northridge quake in the predawn hours in Los Angeles. Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
January 16, 2019 - 1:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake shattered buildings, broke water mains and ignited fires in...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks after signing an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands at EPA headquarters in Washington. Wheeler’s past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his nomination hearing for the permanent post. A Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
January 16, 2019 - 12:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his confirmation hearing for the permanent post. A Senate committee on Wednesday will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump's nominee for EPA administrator...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
January 16, 2019 - 12:50 am
What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 26: WHAT'S NEW The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the partial government shutdown to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. For now, they'll have to work without pay. The White House tried to...
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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 - 11:34 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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Attorney General nominee William Barr speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Barr will face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his relationship with Trump, his views on executive powers and whether he can fairly oversee the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 15, 2019 - 10:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing...
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