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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sworn in for first full term
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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sworn in for first full term

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Saying it is time to build the foundation of a better future, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey began her first full term as governor Monday with a call for more investment in state infrastructure. In her inaugural address, Ivey did not offer specifics of the gas tax proposal...

Trump says solution to shutdown impasse ‘so simple’
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Trump says solution to shutdown impasse ‘so simple’

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would “never ever back down.” Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen the government for several weeks while negotiations would continue with...

Trump’s AG pick to face questions on his Russia probe views
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Trump’s AG pick to face questions on his Russia probe views

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee will have to navigate his confirmation hearing skillfully, emphasizing his support for Trump’s policies while assuring Democrats he will act independently and won’t interfere with the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Barr will face questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary...

Lovin’ it: Trump fetes champion Clemson with burgers, fries
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Lovin’ it: Trump fetes champion Clemson with burgers, fries

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The scent of burgers, fries and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Donald Trump saluted college football’s Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship. Trump, a fast food lover, said he even paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown....

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Alabama police officer killed, another wounded in shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — One Birmingham police officer was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting early Sunday as the officers questioned two people suspected of trying to break into cars in Alabama’s largest city, authorities said. Two suspects are in custody, one of whom was shot and is receiving medical treatment, according to...

Barr as attorney general: old job, very different Washington
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Barr as attorney general: old job, very different Washington

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America’s biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The “Age of Aquarius,” he warned, had given way to crack babies and broken families, misery and squalor. The rhetoric reflected Barr’s...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to be sworn in for first full term
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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to be sworn in for first full term

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who said she “steadied the ship of state” after taking over for a scandal-battled predecessor nearly two years ago, will be sworn in for her first full term Monday. Ivey takes the oath of office during inauguration festivities at the Alabama Capitol. She...

Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia
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Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE ,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behavior after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began...

Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law
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Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law

By PATRICK WHITTLE,  Associated Press The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country’s millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. The new standards are part of...