Klobuchar, Smith vote to end federal government shutdown

Klobuchar, Smith vote to end federal government shutdown

Following a weekend of tense negotiations, Minnesota's Democratic senators voted to end a short-lived government shutdown.

Lawyers: Juries, not judges, should impose death sentences

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Ohio's capital punishment law is unconstitutional because judges, not juries, impose death sentences in contrast to the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial, lawyers for a convicted killer argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another

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The swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown has enabled hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return to work Tuesday, but some say they fear they could find themselves in limbo again in a few more weeks.
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2 dead, 19 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

A 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun inside his rural Kentucky high school Tuesday, killing two classmates, injuring 19 others and sending hundreds fleeing for safety.
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Davos diplomacy scene not exactly a natural fit for Trump

One question looms as President Donald Trump packs his bags for Switzerland: How will the Diet Coke-loving nationalist fit in with the Champagne-sipping globalists he'll encounter at the World Economic Forum in Davos?
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Fed nominee Goodfriend grilled by Democrats

Federal Reserve board nominee Marvin Goodfriend says he supports the Fed's political independence and its dual goals of achieving stable prices and low unemployment. But those assurances did not seem to satisfy Democrats who say Goodfriend's past policy positions are at odds with his current views.
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The Latest: Trump says new tariffs will protect US jobs

The Latest on the U.S. plan to impose new tariffs on certain imports (all times local):
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Correction: United Nations-Russia-Holocaust Story

In a story Jan. 18 about Russia's foreign minister opening an exhibition on the Soviet Union and the Holocaust The Associated Press reported that the…
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Satanic Temple member fights Missouri abortion restrictions

The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether some of the state's abortion restrictions violate the religious beliefs of a woman who is part of the Satanic Temple.
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Slaying suspect dead, officer wounded in Georgia shootout

Police say a shootout in Georgia has left a slaying suspect dead and an officer hospitalized with several gunshot wounds.
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Memo: Tax credit cost state $262.1 million last fiscal year

A new memo from the Legislature's fiscal analysts shows tax breaks targeted at manufacturers and farmers cost the state more than $260 million in revenue during the last fiscal year.
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Trump's move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

In an ironic twist, the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor.
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Trump overstates missing texts involving FBI agent

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning about missing text messages involving an FBI agent reassigned from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. But he overstated the number of missing texts.
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CIA: North Korea moving 'ever closer' to putting US at risk

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that North Korea is moving "ever closer" to putting Americans at risk and that he believes leader Kim Jong Un won't rest until he's able to threaten multiple nuclear attacks against the U.S. at the same time.
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Tech and consumer-focused companies rise; Netflix leaps

U.S. stocks are mixed Tuesday as consumer-focused companies like Netflix and Amazon climb while household goods makers including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble sink following disappointing quarterly reports. Bond yields are down after rising to three-year highs in the last few days. That's helping high-dividend companies like utilities.
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Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has taken back his offer of billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
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Court: Oil company can be sued when worker injured or killed

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job.
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The Latest: Elections leader disputes claims made by senator

The Latest on efforts to remove Wisconsin Ethics, Elections commission administrators (all times local):
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Sniper who terrorized nation's capital seeks lower sentence

A sniper who randomly killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington, D.C., region more than 15 years ago is entitled to a new hearing to ask for a lighter sentence, his lawyer argued Tuesday to a federal appeals court.
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Survey: Mayors view climate change as pressing urban issue

U.S. mayors increasingly view climate change as a pressing urban issue, so much so that many advocate policies that could inconvenience residents or even hurt their cities financially.
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Sessions interviewed by Mueller team in Russia investigation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday. He's the highest-ranking Trump administration official and first Cabinet member known to have submitted to questioning.
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Legionella bacteria possibly at Illinois Capitol Complex

Preliminary test results show the possible presence of Legionella bacteria in the Illinois Capitol Complex's hot water system and officials have removed aerators and shut off the showers to reduce the possibility of infection.
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JPMorgan raising wages, hiring, opening more branches

JPMorgan announced Tuesday that it will boost wages, open new branches and hire thousands of new workers, citing improved economic performance and sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code.