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Horrifying fireball at ruptured Mexico oil pipeline kills 21

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:33pm

A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold.

Winter storm slows travel in Plains states, heads east

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:07pm

After leaving slick roads and runways in the Midwest, a winter storm inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.

Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo, prepping for growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:43pm

Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc were meeting in Tokyo on Saturday, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative.

George W. Bush treats Secret Service detail to pizza

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:37pm

Former President George W. Bush treated his Secret Service detail to pizza to show his appreciation for their service without paychecks during the partial government shutdown.

Neo-Nazi publisher ordered to turn over personal information

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 6:50pm

A judge has ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to reveal his net worth and identify any phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and technology he used when he called for his readers to unleash a "troll storm" on a Montana woman.

Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 6:32pm

Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply.

UN organizing national conference in Libya in coming weeks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 6:30pm

The United Nations is seeking to hold a conference in l.ibya in the coming weeks to agree on a national agenda to rebuild the fractured north African nation and spell out the path to elections, the U.N. envoy said Friday.

Special counsel's office disputes accuracy of news report saying Trump told former lawyer Cohen to lie to Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:48pm

Special counsel's office disputes accuracy of news report saying Trump told former lawyer Cohen to lie to Congress.

The Latest: TSA adds personnel to Newark, N.J., airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:53pm

The Latest on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the travel industry (all times local):

No rehearing for Louisiana abortion law

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:24pm

A divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision upholding Louisiana's law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, despite a dissenting judge's insistence that the decision is in "clear conflict" with a Supreme Court decision striking down a similar Texas law.

Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

Michael Biesecker and Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:02pm

Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather.

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:53pm

Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon.

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

David Koenig and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:25pm

America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst.

Bolsonaros face questions in Brazil over corruption probe

Anna Jean Kaiser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:53pm

Allies and supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are questioning his commitment to fighting corruption as questions mount about irregular payments in his inner circle just weeks into his presidency.

As shutdown drags on, 'Coast Guard City' takes a hit

Susan Haigh and Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:44pm

If the uniformed cadets milling about the local movie theaters and pizza joints didn't make it obvious enough, a banner hanging from a downtown parking garage makes it crystal clear: New London is an official Coast Guard City.

VF, CVS Health and JB Hunt jump while Netflix falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:29pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:

Governors: Let states give unemployment to federal workers

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:26pm

The Democratic governors of Michigan, New York and Washington on Friday asked the Trump administration to let states offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are working without pay during the partial government shutdown that began nearly a month ago.

Facility where comatose woman gave birth faces new complaint

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:33pm

A long-term care facility where an Arizona woman in a vegetative state was raped and gave birth said Friday that it's investigating another patient's allegation of physical abuse.

Johnsonville recalls ground pork over possible contamination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:33pm

Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds (21,800 kilograms) of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber.

Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:28pm

Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.