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Alabama getting new area code for parts of state

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is getting a new area code. AT&T told news outlets the 659 area code will be used in parts of west central Alabama in April. The new code will be an addition to the 205 area code, not a replacement for it. The phone company says the new area code...

Shelby, lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding
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Shelby, lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement Monday night to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks. Republicans tentatively agreed to far less money for President...

Shutdown deadline looms as wall negotiations hit a snag
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Shutdown deadline looms as wall negotiations hit a snag

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ALAN FRAM,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As negotiations over a border security hit a snag, the White House on Sunday would not rule out another federal government shutdown even as it signaled a willingness to obtain funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall by other means. Acting White House chief...

Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting
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Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

By RYAN J. FOLEY,  Associated Press In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders...

Trump’s Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals
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Trump’s Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for a second time, he’s out to replicate the suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and far-flung rendezvous of their first encounter. The reality star American president will soon learn if the sequel, on...

Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario
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Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK,  Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first black president. But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her...