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January 11, 2019 8:55 PM GOP senator: Rep. King’s racial remarks hurt Republicans, US

WASHINGTON - Iowa Republican congressman Steve King says he’s not a racist, but he’s facing heavy criticism from his party over his remarks about white supremacy. King on Friday said from the House floor that he is an advocate for “Western civilization,” not white supremacy or white nationalism. But he didn’t deny remarks published a day earlier in The New York Times 24

January 11, 2019 7:42 PM OAS invokes Inter-American Democratic Charter on Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - The head of the Organization of American States is calling on the body to formally assess the state of democracy in Nicaragua and possibly to take action to “foster the restoration of democracy.” The Central American nation has been mired in a political crisis since protests broke out in April demanding President Daniel Ortega leave office 22

January 11, 2019 5:42 PM A Timeline of the US involvement in Syria’s conflict

Summer of 2014: The U.S. administration reveals that several dozen special operations troops had been on the ground in Syria briefly in an effort to rescue foreign hostages taken by the Islamic State group, but did not find them. Sept. 22, 2014: Obama launches a U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, one month after launching airstrikes 24

January 11, 2019 5:41 PM Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg’s recovery is ‘on track’

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recovery from cancer surgery is “on track” and no further treatment is required. But the 85-year-old justice will miss court arguments next week. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says that doctors for Ginsburg confirmed an initial evaluation that found no evidence of remaining cancer following 26

January 11, 2019 4:28 PM Bolton hires longtime adviser as deputy

WASHINGTON - White House national security adviser John Bolton has selected a new deputy. Bolton announced Friday that Charles Kupperman, a longtime colleague dating back to the Reagan administration, would serve as President Donald Trump’s new deputy national security adviser. Bolton says in a statement that Kupperman has been an adviser to him for more than 30 years 24

January 11, 2019 4:09 AM Board picks new name for school that had Confederate name

ARLINGTON, Va. - A school board in northern Virginia has picked a new name for a school that had been named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee. News outlets report that Washington-Lee High School will now be known as Washington-Liberty High School. The Arlington County school board voted 5-0 in favour of the name change Thursday evening. The board 21

January 11, 2019 1:34 AM Couple accused of locking child in cage get probation

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - A Tennessee couple accused of locking an autistic child in a cage have been given probation after pleading guilty to a lesser charge. News outlets report Mickey Sparks and Patricia Laws pleaded guilty Thursday to child neglect in Washington County. Each is to serve a year of probation. They had been charged with aggravated child 21

January 10, 2019 11:26 PM Group representing FBI agents warns of harm from shutdown

WASHINGTON - The association that represents thousands of FBI agents warned Thursday that a partial government shutdown could cause laboratory delays, reduce money for investigations and make it harder to recruit and retain agents. The FBI Agents Association sent a petition to the White House and congressional leaders encouraging them to fund the FBI immediately 24

January 10, 2019 10:18 PM Sen. Gillibrand eyes Troy, New York, for 2020 campaign base

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking at basing a potential 2020 presidential campaign in Troy, New York, a small upstate city on the banks of the Hudson River, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. The search for a headquarters is the strongest signal yet that the New York senator will soon enter a presidential 17

January 10, 2019 8:57 PM Treasury chief: No sanctions relief for Russian oligarch

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) plans to tell lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Democrats asked Mnuchin to brief the House about the U.S. agreement to lift sanctions on three companies that Deripaska has owned or controlled 14