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WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year. Both parties traded blame on Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse. He reissued a threat to shut the U.S. Mexico border to pressure Congress to fund a wall. As agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, it sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's sexual abuse case against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly with a man's testimony that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11. James Grein testified Thursday before the judicial vicar for the New York City archdiocese. He initially came forward in July after the New York archdiocese announced that a church investigation determined an allegation McCarrick had groped another boy in the 1970s was credible.

UNDATED (AP) — For the first time since November, Wall Street has notched its first weekly gain. Despite solid gains for retailers and other consumer-focused firms, the major stock indexes finished down more than 9 percent for the month. December is poised for its worst finish since 1931. Analysts cite investor worries about the U.S.-China trade dispute and higher interest rates.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Across Asia, there are pockets of optimism but also a pervasive feeling of disquiet as 2018 closes. A lot of it is linked to the twin political behemoths whose presence has been felt this year in every corner of Asia: China and President Donald Trump, and especially a trade war that has caused fears of a global economic slowdown. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised at an extraordinary summit in Singapore in June to pursue a nuclear settlement. But progress has been lacking since.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A community vigil has been held to honor a Northern California policeman killed during a traffic stop. Friends, relatives and fellow police officers along with many residents gathered Friday night in the tiny town of Newman to remember Cpl. Ronil Singh on the same day that his alleged killer was captured.

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