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Graham urging Trump to reopen authorities for a number of weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker advising President Donald Trump stated he’s encouraging the president to reopen the federal government for a number of weeks to proceed negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall earlier than the president takes the extra drastic step of declaring a nationwide emergency.

However that could be wishful considering, provided that Sen. Lindsey Graham additionally says Trump nonetheless needs to succeed in a deal for the wall earlier than agreeing to reopen shuttered authorities departments. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a number one Democratic negotiator, insists that Trump reopen the federal government first.

The weeks-old standoff over funding led to the partial authorities shutdown that hit day 23 on Sunday with out an finish in sight.

“Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we’re almost there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal,” stated Graham, a South Carolina Republican. “If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off.”

“See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers. That’s my recommendation,” added Graham, who has publicly pushed Trump to make use of his authority to declare a nationwide emergency to construct the wall. Such a step would permit Trump to bypass Congress and faucet numerous pots of unspent federal cash, together with for army development and catastrophe aid and from asset seized by regulation enforcement, to pay for the wall.


Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

A winter storm that contributed to at least 5 deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic area for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy combine that knocked out energy, cancelled flights and contributed to a whole lot of automotive accidents.

Virginia State Police stated the driving force of a army surplus car was killed late Saturday after he misplaced management on Interstate 81 due to slick street circumstances.

Police stated Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died after his car was struck by two tractor-trailers. The 2 tractor-trailer drivers have been taken to a hospital for accidents that weren’t life-threatening. The state medical expert decided Sunday that Harris’ demise was storm-related, police stated.

Virginia State Police stated they responded to greater than 300 visitors crashes and helped almost 200 disabled automobiles in Virginia from midnight to late Sunday afternoon.

The storm knocked out energy to just about 200,000 individuals in Virginia and North Carolina at its peak Sunday, in response to


Decide blocks Trump contraception protection guidelines in 13 states

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. decide in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration guidelines, which might permit extra employers to choose out of offering ladies with no-cost contraception, from taking impact in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Decide Haywood Gilliam granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 different states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to stop the principles from taking impact as scheduled on Monday whereas a lawsuit towards them moved ahead.

However Gilliam restricted the scope of the ruling to the plaintiffs, rejecting their request that he block the principles nationwide.

The modifications would permit extra employers, together with publicly traded corporations, to choose out of offering no-cost contraceptive protection to ladies by claiming spiritual objections. Some personal employers might additionally object on ethical grounds.

California and the opposite states argue that ladies can be pressured to show to state-funded packages for contraception and expertise unintended pregnancies.


Indonesia finds Lion Air jet’s cockpit voice recorder

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Navy divers have situated the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officers stated Monday, in a attainable increase to the accident investigation.

Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, informed reporters that is still of a few of the 189 individuals who died in the crash have been additionally found at the seabed location.

“We got confirmation this morning from the National Transportation Safety Committee’s chairman,” he stated.

A spokesman for the Indonesian navy’s western fleet, Lt. Col. Agung Nugroho, stated divers utilizing high-tech gear discovered the voice recorder beneath eight meters (26 ft) of seabed mud. The aircraft crashed in waters 30 meters (98 ft) deep.

The two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX eight jet plunged into the Java Sea simply minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Oct. 29, killing everybody on board.


Trump says US will harm Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Sunday that if Turkey assaults U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the USA will “devastate Turkey economically.”

Trump’s determination to tug American troops out of Syria has left america’ Kurdish allies weak to an assault from Turkey. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorists aligned with insurgents inside Turkey.

In a tweet, Trump additionally warned the Kurdish forces to not “provoke Turkey.”

The U.S. withdrawal has begun with shipments of army gear, U.S. protection officers stated. However in coming weeks, the contingent of about 2,000 troops is predicted to depart even because the White Home says it’s going to hold strain on the IS community.

As soon as the troops are gone, the U.S. could have ended three years of organizing, arming, advising and offering air cowl for Syrian, Kurdish and Arab fighters in an open-ended marketing campaign devised by the Obama administration to deal the militants, also referred to as ISIS, an enduring defeat.


Man who killed officer stated he was hit by ultrasonic waves

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The person who shot and killed a rookie California police officer left a letter on the mattress in the house the place he lived claiming police bombarded him with ultrasonic waves, officers stated.

Police in the school city of Davis close to Sacramento on Saturday made public the one-paragraph letter they stated was written by Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, 48. He killed himself Thursday after fatally capturing Officer Natalie Corona.

Police spokesman Lt. Paul Doroshov stated the paper was discovered face up on the gunman’s mattress.

“The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic (sic) waves meant to keep dogs from barking,” the letter stated. “I notified the press, internal affairs, and even the FBI about it. I am highly sensitive to its affect (sic) on my inner ear. I did my best to appease them, but they have continued for years and I can’t live this way anymore.”

The handwritten observe was signed “Citizen Kevin Limbaugh.” Additionally recovered as proof from the person’s house have been two unregistered weapons.


Trump’s weekend: new Russia questions, shutdown irritants

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t the weekend that President Donald Trump needed: largely alone at the White Home, irked by a pair of startling Russia headlines and baffled that he’s not getting extra credit score for staying put in the course of the partial authorities shutdown.

Trump stunned his aides by deciding, with just some hours’ discover, to name in to Jeanine Pirro’s present on Fox News on Saturday night time to push again towards protection of his presidency on a number of fronts, notably revealed reviews about his strategy towards Russia.

Even then, the president prevented instantly answering when Pirro requested whether or not he presently is or has ever labored for Russia. The query got here after The New York Occasions reported that regulation enforcement officers started investigating, in 2017, whether or not Trump had been engaged on behalf of Russia towards U.S. pursuits. The newspaper stated the investigation got here after the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked,” Trump advised Pirro, a private good friend. “I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written, and if you read the article you’ll see that they found absolutely nothing.”

Trump went on to say that no president has taken a more durable stance towards Russia than he has.


Recent-faced Venezuelan lawmaker emerges as Maduro’s rival

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When Venezuelans rang in the brand new yr, few in the crisis-wracked nation had even heard of Juan Guaido.

Two weeks later, the younger backbench lawmaker has emerged as a key energy dealer as he leads the opposition-controlled congress in a high-stakes standoff with socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who’s more and more seen as a dictator each at house and overseas.

“Guaido for president!” individuals shouted Friday at the most important road rally in over a yr to tackle Maduro, eagerly ready for the fresh-faced 35-year-old to talk. “Out with Maduro!”

As Venezuela’s financial disaster deepens, with plenty fleeing the nation to flee runaway inflation on tempo to surpass 23 million %, many are determined for a brand new chief to rescue the once-wealthy oil nation from 20 years of socialist rule.

Dozens of nations, together with america, denounced Maduro as illegitimate as he took the oath Thursday for a second, six-year time period.


Saints rally previous Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title recreation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints lastly discovered their rhythm, they marched one step nearer to the Tremendous Bowl.

Utilizing a dominant ball-control offense and some gambles that paid off, the Saints received two landing passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling behind 14-Zero. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles’ move from the Saints 27 deflected off often sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two minutes remaining. A pair dozen Saints gamers surged off the sideline towards the top zone in celebration, whereas Jeffery fell face-first to the turf in agony.

“We were real calm and poised and we knew we were going to get things done,” Brees stated.

New Orleans (14-Three) will host the NFC title recreation subsequent week towards the Rams (13-Four). Los Angeles, which fell 45-35 at the Superdome in November, will attempt once more subsequent week, with the winner going to the Tremendous Bowl. The Saints’ win completed off a sweep of the divisional spherical by groups coming off byes.


Docs struggle to save lots of Polish mayor stabbed in coronary heart on stage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A convicted felony with a knife rushed on to the stage through the finale of a charity occasion Sunday night time and stabbed a Polish mayor in the guts and stomach earlier than shouting that he did it for political revenge, in an assault that left docs preventing to save lots of the politician’s life.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz grabbed his stomach and collapsed in entrance of the viewers at the “Lights to Heaven” fundraiser organized by the Nice Orchestra of Christmas Charity, the nation’s most essential charity.

Docs reanimated Adamowicz on the spot after which transported him to Medical College of Gdansk, the place he underwent 5 hours of surgical procedure, stated Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak, one of many docs treating Adamowicz.

Virtually seven hours after the assault, Stefaniak advised reporters early Monday that “the patient is alive,” triggering applause, however added that the mayor remained “in a very serious condition.”

“The next hours will decide everything,” Stefaniak stated, interesting for ideas and prayers for the favored mayor.