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Government unlikely to get fully back to business for days

By LISA MASCARO, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is expected to remain partially closed past Christmas Day in a protracted standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump's ...

Oklahoma quickly becoming medical marijuana hotbed

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June. The ...

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

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — 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," although some roads at Rocky Mountain National Park ...

Trump’s 2018: A year in a stranger-than-sitcom presidency

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The stranger-than-sitcom American presidency opened 2018 with a big tease about mutual nuclear destruction from two leaders who then found "love" not war. It seems President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un were just playing ...

Trump on verge of giving up best chance to secure wall money

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's loyal supporters cried "Build the wall!" throughout his 2016 presidential campaign. Come 2020, they may well still be chanting for Trump to make good on his signature campaign promise as prospects dim for him ...

Fed’s Powell embraces uncertainty and risks that go with it

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell sounded a note of humility Wednesday. The question for the Federal Reserve chairman is whether humility plays well with the financial markets. Speaking at a news conference after the Fed raised its key interest rate for the ...

Florida school shooting voted top news story in AP survey

DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. ...

USDA moves to tighten restrictions on food stamps

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year's farm bill didn't: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a ...

Black leaders forged alliance with Trump on sentencing deal

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two ...

‘Laverne’ role gave Marshall springboard to historic career

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Penny Marshall was typically self-effacing whenever her brother, the late filmmaker Garry Marshall, proudly boasted that his sister was the first female director to direct a $100 million box-office hit. "They didn't give ME the money," Marshall ...