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Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown
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Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster...

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Alabama jobless rate steady at 3.5 percent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate is holding steady at a record low level. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office says the state’s jobless rate was 3.5 percent in December. That’s the same as November, when the state matched its all-time low for unemployment. Ivey’s office says the December rate means nearly 2.1 million people were...

‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill
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‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government’s doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night....

What happens when the government shuts down?
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What happens when the government shuts down?

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The world won’t end if a dysfunctional Washington can’t find a way to pass a funding bill before this weekend. That’s the truth about a government “shutdown”: The government doesn’t shut down. It’s a crummy way to run a government, sure, but Social Security checks will still go...

Snow, ice and record cold grip the South; at least 10 dead
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Snow, ice and record cold grip the South; at least 10 dead

By KATE BRUMBACK and JAY REEVES, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby...

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Alabama student investigated over videos using racial slur

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama says social media videos of a student repeatedly using a racial slur have been reported to the school’s student-conduct office. In the first video, the woman uses a racial slur for African-Americans. In a second video responding to criticism, she says she’ll use the word “as much...

Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal
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Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole knew the art of the deal before President Donald Trump published the 1987 book. The two shared a stage under the Capitol dome Wednesday as Dole, 94, accepted Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his World War II service...

Senate votes to take Alabama out of marriage business
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Senate votes to take Alabama out of marriage business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with marriage licenses and the requirement for people to go through a wedding ceremony. The bill comes as a few Alabama probate judges refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to give them to gay...

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Senate votes to collect data on race and traffic stops

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would require police agencies to collect data on race and traffic stops. Senators on Tuesday approved the legislation on a 27-0 vote. It moves to the Alabama House. The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, said “racial profiling exists.” During the...