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WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are out of town and no negotiations are on the calendar for ending the partial government shutdown as it begins its fourth week. President Donald Trump has yet to say whether he will declare a national emergency as a way to break the impasse with Democratic lawmakers opposed to funding his promised border wall with Mexico. Instead, Trump tweeted Saturday that the shutdown could continue "for a long time."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some people are weathering the partial government shutdown better than others, thanks to the selective efforts of the Trump administration. The Fish and Wildlife Service is returning workers to dozens of wildlife refuges, ensuring that organized hunts and other planned activities on those lands continue. The Bureau of Land Management is continuing work related to drilling efforts in Alaska. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of federal employees don't know when they'll see their next paycheck.
CHICAGO (AP) — A child trauma expert and former kidnapping victims say Jayme Closs will need the support of friends and family – and control over how and when she speaks about her three-month ordeal. Katie Beers and Elizabeth Smart were kidnapped as children and say survivors can recover and live happy lives. Jayme approached a stranger Thursday after escaping from a remote cabin in northern Wisconsin. Police arrested a 21-year-old man who they say killed Jayme's parents and kidnapped the 13-year-old.
SEATTLE (AP) — Democrats won back governor's offices and legislative chambers in numerous states last year, thanks in large part to their promises to expand health coverage and make it more affordable. As the new year begins, many of them have started delivering on those pledges. Some of the boldest proposals are likely to come in the states where Democrats control both the legislature and governor's office.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro is now in the 2020 Democratic race for president, and he could end up being the only Latino in what's expected to be a crowded field of contenders. The 44-year-old Castro kicked off his campaign Saturday in San Antonio, his hometown. He announced his official entry in the race during an event in a Spanish-style plaza less than 200 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. President Donald Trump visited Texas this past week to press his case for a border wall
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