Outpouring of generosity for TSA workers, others without pay

The partial government shutdown is a double-whammy for Cara and Philip Mangone, a married couple from Philadelphia. Both are agents with the Transportation Safety Administration, both working full tim...

Desperate parents and discount marijuana: DC in a shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — No city experiences a shutdown quite like Washington. Besides the economic impact, a shutdown warps the nation's capital on a cultural, recreational and logistical ...

Afghan official: Gas cylinder blast leaves 9 dead in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least nine people were killed when a gas cylinder exploded in Kabul. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, ...

Coke-funded group swayed China's obesity efforts, papers say

NEW YORK (AP) — A group funded by the food industry undermined China's efforts to keep obesity rates in check by overemphasizing the importance of physical activity rather than dietary habits, accordi...

Judge dismisses opioid crisis lawsuits against drugmakers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and two dozen other drug companies brought by 37 cities and towns in the state, which blame them for the opioid ...

Taiwanese strongly reject 'one country, two systems,' increasingly skeptical of '1992 consensus'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A public survey of people in Taiwan following the threatening remarks of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and President Tsai Ing-wen’s swift rebuttal, shows that support f...

Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 2 USA Today on the partial government shutdown and Trump's demand for bi...

Presidential tweets shutdown blame, no talk of solutions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was firing Twitter barbs at Democrats this weekend as talks to end a weeklong partial government shutdown remained at a stalemate. Trump was ...

China’s irresponsible handling of African swine fever outbreak risk SARS 2.0

The African swine fever epidemic that is currently sweeping through China is beginning to look as serious as the SARS crisis that hit the southern part of the country around 15 years ago. Indeed, many...

Dems, Trump trade blame as shutdown slogs into 2nd weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other as the disruption in federal services ...

Court rules mothers' drug use in pregnancy isn't child abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court says mothers who use illegal drugs while pregnant can't be considered perpetrators of child abuse against their newly born children under the state'...

Ohio bracing for showdown over latest abortion restrictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With a lame duck veto showdown brewing, Ohio again finds itself on the verge of imposing some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation. Repu...

Portuguese yellow vest protest flops, fails to block traffic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France's yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out. Portuguese protesters are a...

Alaska regulators approve rules for onsite marijuana use

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska regulators have approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops, a significant step for the cannabis industry in the state after years of ...