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U.S. fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock ...

Groups raise concerns on abandoned mines, reclamation fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Both environmental groups and coal lobbyists said they are concerned that a raid on a coal-mining reclamation fund in Ohio alongside the nationwide downturn in coal mining could leave taxpayers on the hook for millions needed to clean up abandoned mines. Republican ...

Garbage, feces take toll on national parks amid shutdown

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jocelyn Gecker The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the ...

Texas officials have image of pickup involved in attack

HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators in Houston said Monday that they have a surveillance video image of a pickup truck from which a driver fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child's mother. The image of the red, four-door pickup was ...

Trump laments he’s getting bad press for U.S. exit from Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump complained on Monday that he's getting "bad press" for his decision to pull American troops out of Syria, saying he's making good on his campaign promise against U.S. involvement in "never ending wars." Earlier this month, Trump abruptly announced on ...

Health care, schools top finance-heavy agenda in states

By David A. Lieb The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be ...

U.S. citizen arrested in Russia on spying charges

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's domestic security agency said Monday that it has arrested a U.S. citizen on espionage charges. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the top KGB successor agency, said Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow on Friday. The agency said in Monday's statement that he was ...

China factory activity shrinks for the first time in 2 years

By Joe McDonald AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China's factory activity shrank in December for the first time in more than two years, an official survey showed Monday, intensifying pressure on Beijing to reverse an economic slowdown as it enters trade talks with the Trump ...

House Democrats have a plan to re-open government

By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are introducing a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation ...

Prices rise as the minimum wage increases in several states

By David A. Lieb The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — At Granny Shaffer's restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a ...

‘Aquaman’ still rules, others see a post-Christmas bump

By Lindsey Bahr AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the final weekend of 2018, "Aquaman" still led the pack at the box office, but other films like "Mary Poppins Returns," ''The Mule" and "Second Act" enjoyed post-holiday bumps too, even amid an onslaught of new Christmas offerings like ...

Lion kills worker after escaping locked area at conservatory

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A lion killed a worker at a wildlife conservatory Sunday after it got loose from a locked space, the center said. The lion was shot and killed after it attacked the worker in an enclosure that was being cleaned at the Conservators Center in Caswell County, the center ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump twists facts of child migrant deaths

By Calvin Woodward The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, in his first public words about two migrant children who died in Border Patrol custody, misrepresented the circumstances of their deaths as he sought to deflect any responsibility from U.S. ...

NFL SUNDAY

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger passed for 287 yards and a touchdown, newly acquired kicker Matt McCrane booted three field goals and the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Cincinnati Bengals 16-13 on Sunday. Still, it wasn't enough for Pittsburgh to ...

Study finds Ohio overdose deaths linked to meth have soared

CLEVELAND (AP) — A report says the number of Ohio drug overdose deaths involving meth or other stimulants soared last year. Orman Hall is an Ohio University researcher and a former head of the state's addiction services agency. He says that while opioids are more deadly, meth addiction in ...

K-9 facility offers training for state’s police agencies

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol hopes its training facility for police dogs in central Ohio will help the patrol and other law enforcement agencies in the state. The $1.4 million statewide facility opened Dec. 17 in Marysville northwest of Columbus. The site includes state ...

Kim Jong Un expected to ring in 2019 with big policy speech

By Eric Talmadge The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Kim Jong Un will be keeping North Korea watchers busy on New Year's Day, when he is expected to give his annual address laying out the country's top priorities for the year ahead. The speech, which is normally broadcast on North Korea's ...

U.S.: 2nd Guatemalan child dies in immigration custody

HOUSTON (AP) — An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in New Mexico early Tuesday, U.S. immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month. The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial ...

English Channel sees uptick to migrants trying to cross over

PARIS (AP) — French authorities said eight migrants were picked up from a stalled boat Tuesday while trying to cross the English Channel to Britain, where the government office that oversees immigration reported that almost 30 more were rescued in the waters between southern England and ...

N. Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $500 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell harshly condemned North ...