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By The Associated Press | Updated - Feb 11th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Feb 10th, 2019 @ 10:40pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers say they've reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial shutdown. Three people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that the accord would provide $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers. That's well below the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump has demanded to build more than 200 miles of southern border wall. And the money will be for vertical steel slats, not a solid wall.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas, to push for his border wall took a strange twist when he began a tangent on dogs. Trump says he's impressed by German shepherds and their ability to sniff out illicit drugs, but doesn't see himself getting a dog while at the White House. He asks, "How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The lawyer representing one of the women who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault is urging state lawmakers not to delay a public hearing on the matter. Attorney Nancy Erika Smith released the statement Monday on behalf of Meredith Watson after it became clear that lawmakers are not moving forward anytime soon with impeachment proceedings against Fairfax.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have determined the brother of the Amazon CEO's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the National Enquirer. That's according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke Monday to The Associated Press. The Enquirer published a story last month that included racy texts between Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. The person says Bezos' investigators identified Michael Sanchez as the person who leaked the texts to the Enquirer.

SEATTLE (AP) — Schools and universities closed across Washington state and the Legislature cancelled all hearings as the Northwest dealt with snow and ice and prepared for more as a series of winter storms socked the region. In northern Utah commuters faced icy roads and several traffic accidents were reported along the Wasatch Front. In parts of Washington state a winter storm watch is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon.

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