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  • Essential services such as the mail and Social Security checks continue. The air traffic control system stays up and running, as do the FBI, Customs and Border Protection and veterans hospitals. But those serving abroad and expecting the American Forces Network to broadcast radio and television programming will miss the NFL playoffs.

  • WASHINGTON— He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. "Negotiating in politics is a lot different than real estate," said GOP strategist Alex Conant. Nobody runs for Congress because they...

  • Jan 20- Social Finance Inc is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources. Noto, Twitter's chief operating officer, has been offered the CEO position at SoFi, the report said, and was expected to make a decision in the coming days.

  • KABUL, Jan 21- Afghan Special Forces moved through Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel floor by floor on Sunday fighting the surviving gunmen who attacked the hotel a day earlier, seizing hostages and staging an overnight siege. Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman, said at least five people had been killed and six wounded in the raid, which came days after a...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of...

  • It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California. The man's lawyers had questioned his sanity but a judge found him mentally competent to stand trial, according to a report last week in the Sacramento Bee. The new ad is likely to anger Democrats and immigration advocates and...

  • It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California. The man's lawyers had questioned his sanity but a judge found him mentally competent to stand trial, according to a report last week in the Sacramento Bee. The new ad is likely to anger Democrats and immigration advocates and...

  • KABUL, Jan 20- Gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled. Several people had been killed and at least six wounded in the raid, which came days after a U.S. embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in...

  • WASHINGTON— He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. "Negotiating in politics is a lot different than real estate," said GOP strategist Alex Conant. Nobody runs for Congress because they...

  • Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government. A trip by Trump and some Cabinet members to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was in flux, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said, with the situation being assessed on a...

  • NEW YORK— Bank of America has confirmed that a high-profile senior executive has left the company, but it would not comment on reports of an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations. The human resources office for Bank of America Corp., which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, began investigating and interviewed as many as a dozen people...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- For President Donald Trump, this weekend was supposed to be a celebration. Even as the White House began pointing the finger at Democrats, the Republican president came under fire. Trump, who in July 2016 said: "Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it," has asserted that past government shutdowns were the fault of the...

  • KABUL, Jan 20- Gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled. Several people had been killed and at least six wounded in the raid, which came days after a U.S. embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in...

  • If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. Economists and investment advisers interviewed by The Associated Press generally didn't foresee the shutdown that began Saturday lasting long enough to stifle the economy much.

  • KABUL, Jan 20- A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building caught fire and residents and staff fled. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the latest in a long series of attacks in Kabul underlined...

  • President Donald Trump's trip to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week is now in flux because of the federal government shutdown, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Saturday. Trump already canceled a weekend trip to his Florida resort after a funding impasse in Congress shut down the federal government on Saturday.

  • Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Donald Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government. "The president will not negotiate on immigration reform until Democrats stop playing games and reopen the government, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

  • KABUL, Jan 20- A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging fire with security forces as the building caught fire and residents and staff fled. According to one witness, who did not want to be quoted by name, the attackers took some hotel staff and guests hostage...

  • KABUL, Jan 20- A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul and were exchanging fire with security forces on Saturday as residents and staff fled. On Thursday, the U.S. embassy in Kabul issued a warning to U.S. citizens, saying "We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in...

  • *ANC declines comment on report Zuma to be forced out. *New ANC executive meeting for first time under Ramaphosa. JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20- Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress met on Saturday to outline the party's programme for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president.