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  • 'Dreamers' disappointed that Congress deferred DACA deal

    U.S. Senate Democrats accepted the bill to restore funds to keep the government running for three more weeks in exchange for a promise by Republicans to hold a debate on the status of the young immigrants. "It's irresponsible of everyone in Congress not to pass something," said Jovan Rodriguez, 27, who was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was 3 years old. Republican U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to sign the legislation, putting government workers who were furloughed back to work.

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:14:56 -0500
  • Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

    By Bryan Sims HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five workers were missing after a fiery explosion on Monday at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, officials said. The fire had been fed by gas from a well being drilled for Red Mountain Energy by Patterson-UTI Energy Inc, preventing a full search of the scene throughout the day, but was later extinguished, the Pittsburg County Emergency Management Department (PCEMD) said in a statement. Houston-based Patterson-UTI said in a statement late on Monday the cause of the well explosion remained unclear.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:54:53 -0500
  • With Trump absent in shutdown debate, moderate U.S. senators fill void

    With President Donald Trump standing back from negotiations to end the U.S. government shutdown, it was a group of around two dozen moderate senators that took the lead in hammering out a compromise. Trump signed the bill late on Monday. Democrats had initially balked at backing a spending bill without protections for young “Dreamers,” who were brought illegally to the country as children.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:56:52 -0500
  • Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in Congress

    Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day U.S. government shutdown, approving the latest short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants. The fourth temporary funding bill since October easily passed the Senate and the House of Representatives. President Donald Trump later in the evening signed the measure, largely a product of negotiations among Senate leaders.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:30:05 -0500
  • Ex-Fiat Chrysler executive pleads guilty in U.S. union corruption probe

    Alphons Iacobelli, 58, who was a vice president of employee relations, plead guilty to conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act and to subscribing a false tax return based on failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income diverted from Fiat, the government said. According to a plea agreement made public late on Monday, Iacobelli has agreed to cooperate in an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department into alleged misspending at UAW union training centers funded by U.S. automakers.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:22:16 -0500
  • Skydiver dies after crashing into roof of California home

    "I was in complete shock," Christina Blanco, who was in the home at the time of impact, told KABC. Officials from the Perris Valley Airport did not respond to a request for comment and a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration was not available due to the U.S. government shutdown. Perris, about 70 miles (115 km) east of Los Angeles, is also the small city where law enforcement said this month a California couple kept captive and nearly starved their 13 minor and adult children.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:48:54 -0500
  • Patterson-UTI says three workers missing in Oklahoma oil fire are employees

    Patterson-UTI Energy said three of five workers who went missing in a fiery Oklahoma oil and gas well blast on Monday are its employees. In total, five workers remained missing late on Monday after the morning blast. None have been identified by local authorities.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:11:27 -0500
  • Top USA Gymnastics board members bow to resignation demands

    The resignations came during the fifth day of stinging testimony by some of the sport's biggest stars at an extended pre-sentencing hearing for the doctor, Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts of molesting female gymnasts. Many of the dozens of athletes and former athletes who testified said they felt angry at and betrayed by USA Gymnastics for ignoring their complaints. The young women accused the governing body of seeking to suppress their accounts in bid to avoid bad publicity about the national program.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:37:44 -0500
  • Congressman, ousted from ethics panel, asks it to investigate him

    Less than three days after he was removed from the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee, Republican lawmaker Patrick Meehan asked the panel to investigate allegations he engaged in sexual harassment and misused official resources. The committee on Monday said it had become aware of public allegations about the misconduct and had received a written request from Meehan to investigate. The allegations published in the New York Times on Saturday led Speaker Paul Ryan to pull Meehan from the committee.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:19:59 -0500
  • Tennessee man takes plea deal in murder of student Holly Bobo

    Dylan Adams, one of three men charged in the 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo, accepted a plea deal on Monday that will send him to prison without parole for 35 years. Adams entered a "best interest" plea of guilty on charges of aggravated kidnapping and facilitation of first-degree murder, a lesser charge from first-degree murder with which he was initially charged, according to a livestream of the hearing. Adams, 26, said little in state court in Savannah, Tennessee, other than to quietly acknowledge to Judge C. Creed McGinley that he agreed to the plea deal.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:59:23 -0500
  • Former Fiat Chrysler VP pleads guilty in U.S. union corruption probe

    Iacobelli, 58, a former Fiat Chrysler vice president of employee relations, was charged in July in U.S. District Court in Detroit with taking part in a conspiracy to pay prohibited money and gifts to United Auto Workers union officials.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:34:46 -0500
  • House passes measure to fund government and end shutdown

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term measure on Monday to fund the federal government through Feb. 8 and end a three-day government shutdown. By a 266-150 vote, the Republican-led House quickly followed the Senate and approved the stopgap bill, which includes a six-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but not protections for "Dreamer" immigrants sought by Democrats. The funding measure will now go to President Donald Trump, who has said he will sign it into law, ending the government shutdown. ...

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:21:26 -0500
  • Senate approves funding measure to end government shutdown

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday approved by an 81-to-18 vote a measure to fund the federal government through Feb. 8, sending the bill to the House of Representatives. The House is expected to quickly vote on and pass the measure, which also includes a six-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It would then be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature, ending a three-day government shutdown. (Reporting By Amanda Becker; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:17:59 -0500
  • Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

    Five workers were missing after a fiery explosion on Monday at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, officials said. The fire continued to burn, fed by gas from a well being drilled for Red Mountain Energy by Patterson-UTI Energy Inc , and preventing a full search of the scene, said Kevin Enloe, director of the Pittsburg County Emergency Management Department.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:28:27 -0500
  • U.S. government goes back to work after 'lunch break' shutdown

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Thousands of federal employees breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after U.S. senators reached a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, turning their brief time away from work into what one scientist described as a "lunch break." During shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Health scientist Tom Chapel was among the many who spent the day at home after being furloughed from his job at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "It was essentially a lunch break," Chapel joked of the time he missed from work.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:06:07 -0500
  • Advisory: Egypt dismisses report U.S. has banned cargo transport from Cairo airport

    CAIRO (Reuters) - This story is withdrawn as it refers to a cargo ban in place for some time and not a new ban. There will be no replacement story.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:57:41 -0500
  • Pence blames Democrats for U.S. shut down, welcomes reopening

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday welcomed news that U.S. senators voted to move forward on funding legislation that would reopen the federal government, blaming Democrats for the shutdown but saying they had failed. In Washington, the Senate ended a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security by voting on a deal that would fund the government until Feb. 8. "We welcome the news that thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump and House and Senate Republicans, the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is coming to an end," Pence said in a statement to reporters before a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:45:25 -0500
  • Trump says to make immigration deal only if good for U.S.: White House

    President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would make a deal on immigration only if he sees it as beneficial for the country. "We'll make a long-term deal on immigration, if and only if it is good for the country," Trump said, according to a statement read to reporters by spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:45:25 -0500
  • Key senators want 'troublesome' intelligence measure out of spending bill

    U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders urged lawmakers on Monday to remove a provision from the agreement to end the government shutdown that would allow President Donald Trump's administration to spend intelligence money not explicitly authorized by Congress. Senators Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, and Mark Warner, its Democratic vice chairman, spoke in the Senate against the provision that they said could diminish lawmakers' oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies. Burr and Warner spoke as lawmakers moved toward a final vote on legislation to renew federal funding to the government.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:45:25 -0500
  • Pennsylvania court orders new congressional map due to gerrymandering

    In a 5-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the electoral map violated the state's Constitution by manipulating the district boundaries to marginalize Democratic voters, a practice called partisan gerrymandering. Democrats, who hold only five of the state's 18 congressional districts despite Pennsylvania's status as an electoral swing state, hope to regain control of the House in the November mid-term elections by flipping 24 seats now held by Republicans nationwide. A new map could give Democratic candidates a chance to capture as many as half a dozen Republican seats in Pennsylvania alone, with national polls showing voters strongly favoring Democrats in 2018.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:41:57 -0500
  • FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

    In a decision expected to test the Trump administration's approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to claim its novel iQOS tobacco device is less harmful than cigarettes. IQOS is designed to heat tobacco but not burn it, and comes in a sleek package that would not look out of place in an Apple store. Most of the harmful chemicals in tobacco are released when tobacco is burned, forming the basis of Philip Morris's claim of a less-risky product.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:12 -0500
  • Judge rejects Uber $3 million settlement with New York drivers

    In a decision on Friday, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn objected to a provision allowing the revival of breach of contract claims he had dismissed, so long as the settlement won final approval. Garaufis said the drivers could submit a revised settlement for approval. Drivers had accused Uber of accounting improperly for sales taxes and a "Black Car Fund" fee, which relates to workers' compensation, in fares when calculating service fees, thereby increasing the amounts owed.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:15:59 -0500
  • Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana

    (Reuters) - Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. "Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511," Scott said in a statement, referring to the measure by its legislative number.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:06:48 -0500
  • U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security. The emergency amendment covers carriers in five countries flying out of seven airports and focuses "on last points of departure locations where the threat is greatest," TSA said in a statement. It comes as the Trump administration has been working to increase international airport security.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:44:25 -0500
  • Patterson-UTI says employees missing after Oklahoma rig fire

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Drilling contractor Patterson-UTI said some of its employees were missing on Monday after a fire at one of its drilling rigs in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:15:08 -0500
  • Man sent to prison for up to 60 years in Pennsylvania school stabbings

    A western Pennsylvania man was sentenced on Monday to up to 60 years in prison for stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard with two kitchen knives in a high school rampage in 2014. Alex Hribal, now 20, was 16 years old at the time of the attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (30 km) east of Pittsburgh. "I feel horrible about everything," Hribal said at the sentencing in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:11:14 -0500
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, mayor's corruption trial gets under way

    The mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania's third most-populous city, solicited bribes to fund an expected run for the U.S. Senate, prosecutors told a court on Monday, but the defense said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had falsely accused him. Edwin Pawlowski, a Democrat who was elected in November to his fourth term as mayor despite a sweeping "pay-to-play" indictment, went on trial in U.S. District Court in Allentown on 54 criminal counts, including bribery, conspiracy and fraud. Pawlowski and former Reading, Pennsylvania, Mayor Vaughn Spencer were charged in July in a long-running federal corruption investigation.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:58:22 -0500
  • Three USA Gymnastics board members resign in wake of sex abuse scandal

    Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday in the wake of its former team physician sexually abusing female gymnasts, a step the organization said would support its reform efforts. USA Gymnastics has been criticized by several of the sport's top gymnasts during the sentencing hearing of former team doctor Larry Nassar who pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts of molesting female gymnasts. About 160 victims were expected to make statements in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:50:52 -0500
  • Reports of ban on U.S.-bound cargo from Cairo airport 'inaccurate and old': Egypt

    Egypt's aviation ministry said on Monday reports of a ban on all U.S.-bound cargo from Cairo airport were “inaccurate and old” saying the ban was in placed since 2015. "There is positive cooperation with the U.S. authorities, in addition, Egypt is currently participating in the information program presented on shipments to prepare for lifting the ban permanently," the statement said. Five Cairo airport and EgyptAir sources told Reuters earlier that the U.S. authorities had banned the transport of all cargo from Cairo International Airport destined for the United States.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:55:27 -0500
  • Illinois budget impasse cost state $1 billion in late payment penalties

    Illinois incurred $1.03 billion in late bill payment penalties last year largely as a result of the state's unprecedented two-year budget impasse, the state comptroller reported on Monday. The first monthly debt transparency report by Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza found Illinois ended 2017 with $9.246 billion in unpaid bills from vendors, service providers and others. This also included invoices held by state agencies and bills totaling $2.3 billion that still lack legislative appropriation.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:52:33 -0500
  • Kentucky accuses McKesson of helping fuel opioid epidemic

    Kentucky's attorney general on Monday accused drug distributor McKesson Corp of helping fuel the opioid epidemic by failing to halt shipments of suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers. The complaint by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was filed in a state court and was one of a flurry of lawsuits by states and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors seeking to hold them accountable for the U.S. epidemic. McKesson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:52:42 -0500
  • U.S. top court backs police over arrests at racy Washington party

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out almost $1 million in damages won by a group of partygoers in a civil rights lawsuit against Washington police stemming from a 2008 gathering in a vacant house featuring scantily clad women with money tucked in their garter belts. Partygoers had won a lawsuit accusing the city and police of violating their rights to be free of unreasonable search and seizure under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the court, said, "Most homeowners do not live in near-barren houses.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:38:35 -0500
  • Factbox: Effect on commodities markets due to U.S. government shutdown

    (Reuters) - Commodities markets were trading normally on Monday even though key regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will be operating with skeleton crews due to the U.S. government shutdown. During shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Private exchange operators are generally not affected, but weekly economic reports from the U.S. Energy Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), key for traders, have in the past been delayed until the government reopens.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:44:40 -0500
  • U.S. shutdown would pose 'small' drag on GDP: Morgan Stanley

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government shutdown, which was in its third day, would be a "relatively small" drag on the U.S. economic expansion in the first quarter, but the effects depend on how long it lasts, Morgan Stanley's analysts said on Monday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:12:57 -0500
  • U.S. shutdown seen a threat to economy, not rating: Moody's

    The U.S. government shutdown that began on Saturday is disruptive to the economy, but poses no immediate threat to its top notch Aaa rating as long as it makes its debt payments on time, Moody's Investors Service said on Monday. The federal shutdown, the first since 2013, would make it likely that the issue of raising the statutory borrowing limit will become part of the next round of budget negotiations in Washington, the rating agency said in a research note. "Although the shutdown will be credit negative for the sovereign to the extent that it disrupts the U.S. economy, it will not have any immediate implications for the U.S. government's credit rating," Moody's said.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:43:18 -0500
  • Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

    (Corrects ninth paragraph to say Yellowstone National Park is located mostly in Wyoming, not Montana) By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:16:26 -0500
  • Markets brush off U.S. government shutdowns

    U.S. government shutdowns, which hurt federal workers who go on furlough and taxpayers in need of federal services, have not caused major disruptions to financial markets in the past. Investors expect nothing different from the shutdown that could begin on Saturday. "It's more a political event than an economic one," said Alessio de Longis, portfolio manager with OppenheimerFunds' global multi-asset group in New York.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:52:55 -0500
  • Ferry service helps Alcatraz escape from government shutdown

    The lights are on at Alacatraz Island, the famous federal prison turned tourist destination in San Francisco Bay, even though the U.S. government has shut down. Private business is stepping up. Tour boat operator Hornblower Cruises & Events is subsidizing Golden Gate National Recreational Area, a park to which the Alcatraz Island belongs, to the tune of $48,000 for security personnel and utilities at Alcatraz over the next few days.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:02:21 -0500
  • Government still shut down on Monday as Senate fails to clinch deal

    A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation. The Senate set a vote for 12 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Monday on advancing a measure to provide temporary government funding through Feb. 8, end the shutdown and allow hundreds of thousands of federal employees to return to work. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered an olive branch to Democrats late on Sunday, pledging on the Senate floor to bring immigration legislation up for debate in February if the issue is still unresolved by then.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:46:09 -0500
  • Factbox: Impact of the U.S. government shutdown

    (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers struggled on Sunday to reach a breakthrough during the second day of a government shutdown. If Republicans and Democrats are unable to resolve their differences, federal agencies could remain partially closed when the work week begins on Monday. During shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:11:20 -0500
  • Senator Durbin: Leadership discussing path to immigration vote

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on Sunday that Senate leaders were discussing a "path" to a vote to provide legal protection for so-called Dreamers, young people who illegally immigrated to the United States as children. "There's a conversation obviously still going on about whether there's a path to getting a vote on the DACA-Dreamer issue," the No. 2 Senate Democrat told Reuters, adding that he did not know how far negotiations between Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer had advanced. ...

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:22:21 -0500
  • Senate Republican predicts U.S. government to remain shut Monday

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John Cornyn predicted on Sunday that the U.S. government would remain shut on Monday, as lawmakers meet to negotiate an end to the impasse, Fox News Channel reported.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:09:32 -0500
  • Factbox: Impact of the U.S. government shutdown

    If Republicans and Democrats are unable to resolve their differences, federal agencies could remain partially closed when the work week begins on Monday. During shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. The last shutdown, in October 2013, lasted more than two weeks and more than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:51:37 -0500
  • In Women's March finale, Las Vegas rally kicks off voter drive

    Thousands of protesters gathered for the Women's March "Power to the Polls" rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, kicking off a national drive to register a million new voters as well as put more female candidates in office and stymie President Donald Trump's agenda. The march came a day after hundreds of thousands of women and male supporters took to the streets of New York, Washington and other cities for a series of Women's March protests that marked the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration. The mass demonstrations, while drawing fewer attendees than the millions of people who marched last year, suggested that the anger felt by many women after Trump's surprise election was still palpable.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:50:02 -0500
  • Major highway reopened as California mudslides toll climbs to 21

    Torrential rains triggered the Jan. 9 mudslides, which injured dozens more people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of buildings around the affluent community of Montecito, 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Cleanup crews had been working around the clock in 12-hour shifts, officials said, while ferry boats had been making commuter runs twice a day between Santa Barbara and Ventura to help residents trying to get to work. Search and rescue teams continued working with dogs on Sunday in Montecito to look for a two-year-old and a 17-year-old who are still missing, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:40:23 -0500
  • Republican Senator Flake says he hopes agreement soon to end government shutdown

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said on Sunday that he hoped Democratic and Republican party leaders would "agree to something soon" to end a federal government shutdown. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leader Mitch McConnell are working on a resolution and Flake told reporters he was hoping for "some sign of progress." (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Peter Cooney)

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:31:57 -0500
  • White House says working toward deal to reopen government

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Sunday with leaders in Congress and several members of his Cabinet about the impact of the federal government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We are continuing to work hard towards reopening the government and making sure our great military and their families, vulnerable children and the American people are being taken care of," she added. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Paul Simao)

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:47:15 -0500
  • Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:34:27 -0500
  • Collins: Moderates taking U.S. budget fix ideas to Senate leaders

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Sunday that a group of more than 20 moderates will present ideas for resolving the shutdown of the federal government to the Senate's leadership.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:41:57 -0500
  • Republican Senator Collins says as many as 20 colleagues want to end impasse

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moderate U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins said a substantial number of her colleagues are eager to find a way out of the government shutdown, but details of a deal are "in flux."

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:29:54 -0500
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