Federal Government

Italy’s Democrats vote for new leader to revive faded party

ROME (AP) — Members of Italy’s Democratic Party voted for a new leader Sunday in hope of reversing their party’s slumping popularity. The primary vote by rank-and-file Democrats comes a year after the party lost its five-year hold on the Italian government amid leadership squabbles. Whoever is chosen as Democratic Party secretary needs to woo … Continue reading Italy’s Democrats vote for new leader to revive faded party

The Latest: Trudeau denies ex-AG’s claim of interference

TORONTO — The latest on questions in Canada over whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s office tried to wrongly influence the former attorney general on whether to prosecute a major Canadian engineering company (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he completely disagrees with his former attorney general and says that he … Continue reading The Latest: Trudeau denies ex-AG’s claim of interference

OMAHA, Neb | Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the company he built through decades of acquisitions continues to perform well even though he hasn’t found any major deals at attractive prices recently. Buffett released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday. He wrote that investors should continue betting on the American economy … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb | Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy

PARIS | Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a “product like any other.” Macron’s speech at his country’s premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French farmers’ anger at government policies seen as favoring urban elites … Continue reading PARIS | Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

WASHINGTON | US ambassador to Canada emerges as favorite for UN post

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, according to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US ambassador to Canada emerges as favorite for UN post

BRUSSELS | EU border guard chief says ‘no burning crisis’ over migrants

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the European Union‘s border agency says there is “no burning crisis” right now in Europe due to migrant arrivals, but that more and more Africans are trying to enter Spain from Morocco. Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri said Wednesday that “right now we are not in the middle of a … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU border guard chief says ‘no burning crisis’ over migrants

OXON HILL, Md. | Maryland governor exits talks for new Redskins stadium

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government. Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In … Continue reading OXON HILL, Md. | Maryland governor exits talks for new Redskins stadium

NOGALES, Ariz. | Arizona city officials want border wall’s razor wire removed

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in a small Arizona border city passed a resolution Wednesday night condemning the installation of new razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through downtown. The City Council in Nogales, which sits on the border with Nogales, Mexico, wants the federal government to remove all … Continue reading NOGALES, Ariz. | Arizona city officials want border wall’s razor wire removed

WASHINGTON | Q&A: How soon will the federal government get back in order?

WASHINGTON—Jan 26, 2019— With the longest shutdown in U.S. history officially over, here’s a look at how the federal government will get back to regular business: WHEN WILL FEDERAL WORKERS GET PAID? It’s unclear at this time. The White House tweeted that it will be “in the coming days.” Some 800,000 workers were furloughed or … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Q&A: How soon will the federal government get back in order?

One of Florida’s Largest Adult Communities Gives Furloughed Workers a Helping Hand

  DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla./ Jan. 18, 2019 (STL.News) Century Village East, one of the largest adult residential communities in the state of Florida, announced today it is taking steps to help employees of the Federal government affected by the shutdown. The Master Management Board of Directors announced they will allow all residents who are Federal … Continue reading One of Florida’s Largest Adult Communities Gives Furloughed Workers a Helping Hand

DENVER | Activists want details on inquiry into ex-nuke weapons plant

DENVER — Jan 10, 2019— Activists asked a U.S. judge Thursday to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver with a history of fires, leaks and spills. The activists said the documents could show whether the federal government did enough to clean up the site before turning … Continue reading DENVER | Activists want details on inquiry into ex-nuke weapons plant

NEW YORK | Stocks turn higher after early slide; Macy’s nosedives

NEW YORK  — Jan 10, 2019— After a shaky start, U.S. stocks are mostly higher at midday Thursday as industrial companies, utilities and household goods makers rise. The S&P 500 is on track for its fifth consecutive gain. U.S. and Chinese officials wrapped trade talks in Beijing without a significant breakthrough. Retailers sank after Macy’s … Continue reading NEW YORK | Stocks turn higher after early slide; Macy’s nosedives

HIDALGO, Texas | Texas landowners dig in to fight Trump’s border wall

HIDALGO, Texas — As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas and … Continue reading HIDALGO, Texas | Texas landowners dig in to fight Trump’s border wall

NEW YORK | Stocks post 4th straight gain as hopes build on China trade

NEW YORK—Jan 09, 2019—Stocks cinched their fourth consecutive gain Wednesday as indexes around the world build on their early 2019 rally. The gains for U.S. indexes faded slightly after President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders said Trump cut short a meeting on ending the partial shutdown of the federal government. The last four-day winning streak … Continue reading NEW YORK | Stocks post 4th straight gain as hopes build on China trade

MANHATTAN, Kan. | The Latest: Kansas Rep. Marshall considering Senate race

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jan 04, 2019—The Latest on Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ future (all times local): 4:40 p.m. A spokesman says Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall is seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that Sen. Pat Roberts does not plan to seek re-election. Marshall spokesman Brent Robertson said Friday that the … Continue reading MANHATTAN, Kan. | The Latest: Kansas Rep. Marshall considering Senate race

WASHINGTON | Shutdown spares federal park rangers at site in Trump hotel

WASHINGTON —Jan 04, 2019—Smithsonian museums are closed. There are no federal staffers to answer tourists’ questions at the Lincoln Memorial. And across the United States, national parks are cluttered with trash. Yet despite the federal government shutdown, a historic clock tower at the Trump International Hotel remained open Friday for its handful of visitors, staffed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Shutdown spares federal park rangers at site in Trump hotel

WASHINGTON | House Democrats have plan to re-open government

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are introducing a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving money for President Donald Trump‘s border wall. The House is preparing to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes Thursday, as one of the first acts after Democrats take control, according to an aide who … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House Democrats have plan to re-open government

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump’s wall may be different than advertised

WASHINGTON — The Latest on partial shutdown of the federal government, now in its second week. (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Three confidantes of President Donald Trump are indicating that the president’s signature campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border won’t be fulfilled as advertised. Trump sparked fervent chants of “Build that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump’s wall may be different than advertised

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Graham says Trump open to wall trade-offs

WASHINGTON— The Latest on partial shutdown of the federal government, now in its second week. (all times local): 4:01 p.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says President Donald Trump is open-minded about combining wall funding with other things to end a partial government shutdown. Graham met with the president at the White House … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Graham says Trump open to wall trade-offs

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Kelly says Trump long ago gave up concrete wall

WASHINGTON — The Latest on partial shutdown of the federal government, now in its second week. (all times local): 3 p.m. The outgoing White House chief of staff says President Donald Trump long ago backed away from his campaign pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president’s demand for “border security” funding … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Kelly says Trump long ago gave up concrete wall

WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House says shutdown ball is in Dem’s court

WASHINGTON — The Latest on partial shutdown of the federal government, now in its second week. (all times local): 10 a.m. The White House says President Donald Trump is not reaching out to Democrats as a partial government shutdown appears set to extend into the new year. Counselor Kellyanne Conway tells Fox News Sunday that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: White House says shutdown ball is in Dem’s court

WASHINGTON | Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ government will reopen

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump said Tuesday that parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he’s open to calling the wall something else as long as he ends up with an actual wall. In a Christmas Day … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ government will reopen

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Partial shutdown likely to extend past Christmas

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The federal government is expected to remain partially shut down past Christmas. The standoff over President Donald Trump‘s demand for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico deepened on Saturday. Democrats are rejecting Trump’s demand as costly and ineffective, and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Partial shutdown likely to extend past Christmas

NEW YORK | Open and closed: shutdown’s varied impact on parks, tourists

NEW YORK  — The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. The government says other national parks “will remain as accessible as possible.” But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark are … Continue reading NEW YORK | Open and closed: shutdown’s varied impact on parks, tourists

WASHINGTON | Senate to vote on funding bill, easing shutdown threat

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up a short-term measure Wednesday to fund the federal government through Feb. 8, a move that eases the risk of a shutdown and comes only after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for border wall funds. McConnell opened the Senate saying it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate to vote on funding bill, easing shutdown threat

NAIROBI, Kenya | Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

NAIROBI, Kenya  — The former No. 2 leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, who is now a top candidate in a regional election next week, was arrested on Thursday, prompting violent protests in which four people were killed, officials said. Mukhtar Robow, once al-Shabab’s spokesman, was arrested by Ethiopian troops that are part of the … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched case on double jeopardy (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The Supreme Court seems likely to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices are saying in arguments Thursday that they are reluctant … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court takes up closely watched double jeopardy case

WASHINGTON— The Constitution says you can’t be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction. The Supreme Court is considering Gamble’s case on Thursday, and the outcome could … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court takes up closely watched double jeopardy case