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The work that won’t get done during a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of intelligence agency employees would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea’s nuclear program remains high. Important biomedical and public health research would be interrupted and possibly damaged. Military veterans would watch helplessly as the processing of their disability claims came to a halt. Although the government won’t actually close if Congress can’t pass a ... Read More »

New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and ... Read More »

Officials piece together chaotic events after officer killed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators are working to piece together the chaotic sequence of events that led to a deputy U.S. marshal being shot to death while serving an arrest warrant in Pennsylvania’s capital city, while colleagues are remembering him as the “cream of the crop.” Christopher David Hill, 45, was killed early Thursday when a gunman opened fire on ... Read More »

In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churches

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — As he does during every papal visit, Pope Francis produced plenty of surprises in Chile: He married a couple during a flight, stopped his motorcade to help a fallen police officer and wept with victims of sex abuse by priests. But the pope also faced protests and a level of hostility unheard of in modern times ... Read More »

Peru’s indigenous await Pope Francis in scorching Amazon

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — After lengthy treks through the muddy Amazon, indigenous men, women and children will greet Pope Francis Friday in a visit to the world’s largest rainforest that native leaders hope will mark a turning point for the increasingly threatened ecosystem. Francis is expected to meet with several thousand indigenous people gathering in a coliseum in Puerto ... Read More »

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

Lauri Markkanen, David Nwaba, Stephen Curry

NEW YORK (AP) — Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA’s new All-Star matchup. LeBron James and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head again, this time as captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game. James and Curry received the most votes from fans in their conferences Thursday night and will draft from a pool of the rest ... Read More »

AP Top News at 8:38 a.m. EST

Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it 10 Things to Know for Today Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander California DA says couple’s abuse of 12 kids became torture Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement Christa McAuliffe’s ... Read More »

AP Top Business News at 8:38 a.m. EST

Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes–and save Big Tobacco Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it Stocks rise despite looming US government closure France’s Macron pledges big increase in defense budget ... Read More »

AP Top Strange News at 6:17 a.m. EST

Russian police in unexpected encounter with crocodile Paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley up for auction Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroom Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handling Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite Umbrella mistaken for weapon causes hospital lockdown Customer complain that gas ... Read More »

AP Top Entertainment News at 8:12 a.m. EST

Former employee: Michael Douglas fondled himself AP PHOTOS: Horses leap through fire in old Spanish festival UK coroner awaiting test results on late Cranberries singer Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton dies at 89 ‘Jersey Shore’ reality star expected to plead to tax charges With Daveed Diggs, ‘Blindspotting’ tells an Oakland story Prolific artist Ed Moses of LA’s ‘Cool School’ ... Read More »