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Republicans drop U.S.-Mexico wall demands as spending talks advance
WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators on Tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny President Donald Trump’s request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the Mexico border. The emerging measure would increase the defense budget and elimina...
By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram The Associated Press FULL STORY
Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship
WASHINGTON — There’s an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the gove...
By Erica Werner The Associated Press FULL STORY
Republicans target crisis financial rules
WASHINGTON — Emboldened by a business-friendly president, Republicans in Congress are moving to unwind the stricter regulations that took effect after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. A House committee takes up legislation Wednesday that would defang the tighter rules. While passag...
By Marcy Gordon The Associated Press FULL STORY
Audit: University of California hid $175 million in secret fund
SAN FRANCISCO — University of California administrators hid $175 million from the public, its governing board and lawmakers in a secret reserve fund even as the UC raised tuition and asked the state for more funding, the state auditor said in a scathing report released Tuesday. Auditor Elaine How...
By Daisy Nguyen The Associated Press FULL STORY
Judge intends to permit high-speed rail funding
SACRAMENTO — A judge said Tuesday that he intends to reject the latest court challenge to California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project, ruling that recent changes fall within what voters approved in 2008. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei said in a tentative order that he...
By Don Thompson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gun rights group begins challenge of new California laws
SANTA ANA — The first in a series of challenges targeting new California gun laws prompted by the San Bernardino terror attack has been lodged by a state affiliate of the National Rifle Association. A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Santa Ana by the California Rifle and Pistol Associatio...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California water chief: Oroville emergency spillway worked
SACRAMENTO — The head of California’s water agency on Tuesday repeated his assertion that an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam worked, drawing an incredulous response from a state lawmaker who represents tens of thousands of people ordered to evacuate when it was feared erosion at the spill...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Burlingame gives OK to apartment complex: Officials favor regional need for housing over neighborhood compatibility concerns
A new apartment building proposed in Burlingame narrowly received approval from planning officials despite concerns the building was too large and incompatible with its surrounding neighborhood. The Burlingame Planning Commission voted 3-2, with commissioners Brenden Kelly and Michael Gaul dissent...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers
WASHINGTON — Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump’s priorities. The administration just might eliminate billions of dollars in disputed “Obamacare” subsidies. But a study out T...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke U.S. law
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a ...
By Chad Day and Stephen Braun The Associated Press FULL STORY
Moving beyond China and Mexico, Trump targets Canada trade
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico. Now he’s drawn a new target — Canada. The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canada’s barriers to U.S. dairy products — disputes that go back y...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary
PYONGYANG, North Korea — South Korea’s military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. The exercise took place as a U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in Sou...
By Eric Talmadge and Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ivanka Trump defends father, brushes aside groans in Berlin
BERLIN — Ivanka Trump brushed aside groans and hisses Tuesday over her father’s track record and defended his attitudes toward women as she made her first international outing as a White House adviser. Trump pledged to push for “incremental, positive change” for women in the U.S. economy an...
By David Rising The Associated Press FULL STORY
Australian prime minister looking forward to meeting Trump
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said on Wednesday he is looking forward to meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump next week when they attend Battle of the Coral Sea commemorations in New York more than three months after their heated telephone conversation over an Obama-era re...
By Rod McGuirk The Associated Press FULL STORY
Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can’t grasp it
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees “Solarfri” posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means “when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather.” The people of this rugged North Atlantic island sett...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
World’s last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder
NAIROBI, Kenya — The world’s last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me,” the rhino’s profile says....
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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