WASHINGTON | After Americans killed, Trump’s Syria plan prompts questions

WASHINGTON —January 16, 2019— A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month after President Donald Trump declared that IS had been defeated and he was pulling out U.S. forces. The attack in the strategic … Continue reading WASHINGTON | After Americans killed, Trump’s Syria plan prompts questions

LOS ANGELES | Bob Costas exits longtime home at NBC Sports

LOS ANGELES —January 16, 2019— Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC’s prime-time Olympics host two years ago, has left the network’s sports division altogether. NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas parted ways with his longtime employer, providing no further details. Sandy Montag, Costas’ manager, said it was handled smoothly. “Everything in this transition was planned … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Bob Costas exits longtime home at NBC Sports

WASHINGTON  | GOP dismiss suggestion that State of Union be postponed

WASHINGTON  —January 16, 2019— A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security, but Republicans cast her move as a ploy … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | GOP dismiss suggestion that State of Union be postponed

WASHINGTON | Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight

WASHINGTON  —January 16, 2019— Of all the issues at stake as President Donald Trump and Democrats wrangle over his prized border wall, the latest snag is whether bargaining over the proposal should come before or after shuttered government agencies reopen. It sounds like one of those perplexing snits that frustrates Americans and prompts them to blame … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight

WASHINGTON | New US strategy forsees sensors in space to track missiles

WASHINGTON —January 16, 2019—  The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Details about the administration’s Missile Defense Review — the first compiled since 2010 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New US strategy forsees sensors in space to track missiles

The shutdown today: Donors look to ease pain of shutdown

—January 16, 2019— What’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 27 WHAT’S NEW The shutdown is bringing an outpouring of generosity to TSA agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Donald Trump to delay his State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29. … Continue reading The shutdown today: Donors look to ease pain of shutdown

SEATTLE | Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

SEATTLE —January 16, 2019— Microsoft pledged $500 million to address homelessness and develop affordable housing in response to the Seattle region’s widening affordability gap. Most of the money will be aimed at increasing housing options in the Puget Sound region for low- and middle-income workers at a time when they’re being priced out of Seattle and … Continue reading SEATTLE | Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

MELBOURNE, Australia | The Latest: Play resumes on Australian Open show courts

MELBOURNE, Australia— January 16, 2019— The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Play has resumed on the three show courts at Melbourne Park after play was suspended because of rain. The roofs on Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena were closed and play started once the courts … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | The Latest: Play resumes on Australian Open show courts