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The U.S. Capitol is seen as lawmakers worked to avert a government shutdown Friday in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:22

The government is now in a partial shutdown — happening on the first anniversary of President Trump's inauguration — after Congress failed to keep funding going ahead of a midnight deadline.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:57

The Senate is set to hold a vote before midnight on Friday on the bill the House passed last night to avert a government shutdown.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:30

Family members said they hoped that the cause of his death would spark discussion about the power and danger of the opioid drugs.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:44

A neighbor allegedly blindsided the lawmaker outside his home in Bowling Green. Now Rene Boucher has signed an agreement to plead guilty. He faces a possible 10 years in prison.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in front of the courthouse in Newark, N.J., after the judge in the case declared a mistrial.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:32

The senior senator from New Jersey is accused of taking bribes and the case produced a mistrial last year. Menendez is seeking reelection this year.

Protesters outside the courthouse where 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges were hearing Hawaii's challenge last month to the Trump administration's latest travel ban.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:22

After losing several lower court rulings, the Trump administration will finally get a hearing by the justices on legality of its entry restrictions.

Formed in 1965, Jane was an underground network in Chicago that counseled and helped women who wanted to have abortions. (From left) Martha Scott, Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, Abby Parisers, Sheila Smith and Madeline Schwenk were among the seven members of Jane arrested in 1972.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:49

In 1965, a group known as Jane began connecting pregnant women in Chicago with doctors willing to perform abortions. Jane members later learned to perform the procedure, making it more accessible.

Facebook says it will ask its users decide which news organizations they think are high quality and it will favor news from the most trusted sources.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:46

It will combat fake news by pushing up news articles that come from "high quality" sources, and pushing down the others. It's asking users which news organizations they trust.

Stormy Daniels appears at the Wicked Pictures booth at the 2017 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 18, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:35

In 2011, the actress and former Senate candidate told In Touch magazine about a years-earlier sexual encounter with Donald Trump. Now, she and the president both deny an affair.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:14

The rock band sued a hotel in Mexico that has the same name as the "lovely place" in their iconic 1976 song. That hotel was trying to trademark the phrase "Hotel California" in the U.S.

A train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada in 2013 and the ensuing explosions and fire killed dozens of people. A jury acquitted three railroad employees of related charges on Friday.
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:50

The Canadian panel found three men not guilty of criminal negligence in the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil. The resulting firestorm killed 47 people.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:19

The White House says it does not want a government shutdown. But it's unclear if a deal will be reached in time to avoid one.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:19

A year ago, Indianapolis union leader Chuck Jones feuded with President Trump over his promise to save jobs at the Carrier plant in town. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Jones to take stock of what's changed when it comes to American manufacturing during the first year of the Trump administration.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:19

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, about the impact a government shutdown can have on the military.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:19

Government funding runs out at midnight unless Congress can come to an agreement on spending, immigration and potentially other issues.

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