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FEMA Extends Application Deadline for California Wildfire Victims to Feb. 15
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FEMA Extends Application Deadline for California Wildfire Victims to Feb. 15

Federal officials on Thursday said residents in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties who suffered damages from the Woolsey, Hill or Camp wildfires have 15 more days to register for aid. Read More

Good Samaritan Picks Up Hotel Tab for 70 Homeless as Chicago Flirts With All-Time Cold Record
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Good Samaritan Picks Up Hotel Tab for 70 Homeless as Chicago Flirts With All-Time Cold Record

A good Samaritan has offered to spring for hotel rooms for 70 people who were camped out in tents overnight in the bitter cold after their propane tanks were confiscated, leaving them without any source of heat. Read More

What’s that Smoke Above Lake Michigan? It’s Arctic Sea Fog
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What’s that Smoke Above Lake Michigan? It’s Arctic Sea Fog

Smoke on the water. It’s not just a song lyric when it is hovering over Lake Michigan. Called sea smoke or sea fog, this phenomenon happens when a mass of very cold air blows over warmer water. It’s ... Read More

Running While Female: 2020 Presidential Hopefuls Test Differing Strategies
2020 Elections
Running While Female: 2020 Presidential Hopefuls Test Differing Strategies

When Elizabeth Warren launched her 2012 Senate bid in Massachusetts, some Democrats there worried. Another woman had run two years earlier and failed miserably. But Warren ignored warnings that she would be “another Martha Coakley.” Read More

National Parks Tally Shutdown Damage
Public Lands
National Parks Tally Shutdown Damage

In Death Valley, piles of human feces and hunks of what rangers call “toilet paper flowers” were left scattered around the desert. At Joshua Tree, officials found about 24 miles of unauthorized new trails... Read More

Pence to Meet with Venezuelan Exile Community in Miami
Venezuela
Pence to Meet with Venezuelan Exile Community in Miami

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, second lady Karen Pence, will fly to Miami on Friday to meet with the Venezuelan exile community and rally the community behind opposition leader Juan Guaido’s efforts to “restore freedom and democracy ... Read More

No, This Polar Vortex Doesn’t Disprove Global Warming
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No, This Polar Vortex Doesn’t Disprove Global Warming

It’s a question on many blue lips this week, as the Midwest braced for below-zero temperatures for its daily high on Wednesday: How can global warming be true when it’s so cold? Read More

Lawmakers Uneasy About Using Military Money and Active-Duty Troops at Border
National Security
Lawmakers Uneasy About Using Military Money and Active-Duty Troops at Border

With more than 2,300 U.S. troops still stationed at the southern border, lawmakers pressed Defense Department officials Tuesday to defend the deployment of active-duty members and asked whether President Trump plans on declaring a national emergency so he can use ... Read More

Corporate Rate Increase Could Hinder Economic Growth, CBO Director Says
Federal Budget
Corporate Rate Increase Could Hinder Economic Growth, CBO Director Says

Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall said raising the corporate income tax rate as many Democrats want to do could slow down economic growth and wage increases. Read More

A Day of House Drama Over a Resolution Blaming Trump for the Shutdown
Congress
A Day of House Drama Over a Resolution Blaming Trump for the Shutdown

House Republicans disrupted normal floor proceedings Tuesday because they were upset that the Democratic majority scheduled a vote Wednesday on a resolution that blamed President Donald Trump for the 35-day partial government shutdown. Read More

Ex-Trump Fixer Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify Before House Intelligence Panel After Legal Team Shake Up
Congress
Ex-Trump Fixer Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify Before House Intelligence Panel After Legal Team Shake Up

Michael Cohen has agreed to back-to-back congressional testimony and has found a new legal team. The prison-bound former personal attorney to President Donald Trump will testify behind closed doors before at least... Read More

Four Houston Police Officers Shot Serving Drug Warrant, Two Suspects Killed at Scene
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Four Houston Police Officers Shot Serving Drug Warrant, Two Suspects Killed at Scene

Four police officers were shot in southeast Houston Monday afternoon while serving a warrant to suspected heroin dealers, while a fifth was injured at the scene. All five officers were transported to Memorial Hermann... Read More

Immigrants Affected by Government Shutdown Could Wait Years for New Day in Court
Immigration
Immigrants Affected by Government Shutdown Could Wait Years for New Day in Court

Alfredo and Claudia Valdez were an hour and a half into their drive from Bakersfield to a Los Angeles federal courtroom, brimming with expectation that a judge there would finally declare them legal United States residents. Read More

Matt Whitaker Says Mueller’s ‘Close’ to Being Done in First Major Sign of Trump-Russia Probe Nearing End
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Matt Whitaker Says Mueller’s ‘Close’ to Being Done in First Major Sign of Trump-Russia Probe Nearing End

Special counsel Robert Mueller is “close” to wrapping up his investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential role in the Russian government’s attack on the 2016 election, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Monday. Read More

Pelosi and Trump Agree on Feb. 5 for Rescheduled State of the Union
Political News
Pelosi and Trump Agree on Feb. 5 for Rescheduled State of the Union

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump have agreed that he will hold his State of the Union address in the House chamber on Feb. 5. Pelosi sent Trump a letter Monday formally inviting him to deliver... Read More

Pet Hedgehogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
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Pet Hedgehogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

You can now add those adorable little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can give your family health problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in 11... Read More

Clergy Child Abuse Reporting Laws Uneven, Leave Loopholes
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Clergy Child Abuse Reporting Laws Uneven, Leave Loopholes

When a Virginia 16-year-old told her parents that their church’s youth leader, Jordan Baird, had been sending her sexually suggestive text messages, they immediately confronted their pastor. Read More

Justice Department Charges Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei with Fraud
China
Justice Department Charges Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei with Fraud

The Justice Department fired a legal broadside Monday at Chinese telecom giant Huawei, alleging in two criminal indictments that the company engaged in a long-running scheme to deceive banks and the... Read More

Los Angeles Homeless Count: Seeking Hideaways Along an Urban Riverbed
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Los Angeles Homeless Count: Seeking Hideaways Along an Urban Riverbed

The annual Los Angeles homeless count has come to be defined by legions of volunteers who hit the pavement to help quantify the crisis. But others also have a role. Read More

Mulvaney Says Another Shutdown Is Possible Over Trump’s Demand for a Border Wall
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Mulvaney Says Another Shutdown Is Possible Over Trump’s Demand for a Border Wall

Saying President Donald Trump “wants his $5.7 billion” for a southern border wall, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that another government shutdown is possible next month even as hundreds of thousands of federal workers prepared to... Read More

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says He’s Seriously Weighing a Run for President
2020 Elections
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says He’s Seriously Weighing a Run for President

Howard Schultz, former chief executive of the ubiquitous coffee chain Starbucks, teased a potential third-party White House bid on Sunday, drawing condemnation from Democrats who see a threat to their efforts to unseat President Donald Trump. Read More

Covering Homelessness Is a Passion for Editor of Underground Paper
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Covering Homelessness Is a Passion for Editor of Underground Paper

Its front page identifies San Diego as home of “America’s Finest City Slums,” its quirky contents reference UFOs and conspiracy theories, and some articles read like stream-of-consciousness observations. Read More

Government Shutdown Cost US Economy at Least $6 Billion, Analysis Says
Economy
Government Shutdown Cost US Economy at Least $6 Billion, Analysis Says

President Donald Trump’s pointless government shutdown came to an end — but it cost the U.S. economy at least $6 billion, according to an analysis by S&P Global Ratings. Read More

What Did Roger Stone’s Arrest Look Like? Ask His Neighbor, Former NFL Player Chad Johnson
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What Did Roger Stone’s Arrest Look Like? Ask His Neighbor, Former NFL Player Chad Johnson

Ochocinco has the 411 when it comes to Roger Stone’s arrest in Fort Lauderdale. Chad Johnson, the colorful former NFL wide receiver who played for the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals, is... Read More

Tax Preparers Warn Your Refund May Be Smaller Than Usual This Year. Here’s Why
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Tax Preparers Warn Your Refund May Be Smaller Than Usual This Year. Here’s Why

Doing your taxes isn’t just about placing the correct numbers in the boxes of a form and then, as many hope, collecting a refund. There’s also how you feel about your taxes. “It’s a very emotional transaction,” ... Read More

House Armed Services Chairman Vows Fight if Trump Declares National Emergency
Congress
House Armed Services Chairman Vows Fight if Trump Declares National Emergency

Democrats would promptly file suit against the Trump administration if the president were to declare a national emergency in order to bankroll a southern border barrier, the new House Armed Services chairman warned... Read More

Trump Adviser Roger Stone Is Arrested in Mueller’s Russia Investigation
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Trump Adviser Roger Stone Is Arrested in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative who helped launch President Donald Trump’s political career and later served as an informal political adviser, was arrested before dawn Friday on a federal indictment that... Read More

Trump Agrees to Temporarily End Shutdown Without Any Border Wall Money
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Trump Agrees to Temporarily End Shutdown Without Any Border Wall Money

President Donald Trump on Friday announced a deal to temporarily end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, capitulating — for now — on his demand for billions of taxpayer dollars to build a southern... Read More

LA May Charge Drivers by the Mile to Cut Congestion
Transportation
LA May Charge Drivers by the Mile to Cut Congestion

For years, Southern California lawmakers have tried to steer clear of decisions that make driving more expensive or miserable, afraid of angering one of their largest groups of constituents. But now, transportation... Read More

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Unpaid Federal Workers: Let Them Get Loans
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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Unpaid Federal Workers: Let Them Get Loans

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressed bewilderment over unpaid federal workers who are seeking charity to feed themselves, saying they should be able to borrow money during the government shutdown. Read More

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