Executive branch

People hold a banner with a photo of Brazil's former army captain Jair Bolsonaro before the swearing-in ceremony, in front of the Planalto palace in Brasilia, Brail, Tuesday Jan. 1, 2019. Once an outsider mocked by fellow lawmakers for his far-right positions, constant use of expletives and even casual dressing, Bolsonaro is taking office as Brazil's president Tuesday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
January 01, 2019 - 1:50 pm
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The latest on the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil's new president (all times local): 4:50 p.m. New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump are expressing mutual admiration on Twitter. Minutes after Bolsonaro took the oath of office and...
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A man stands on a pier with Alcatraz Island at rear in San Francisco, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. A partial federal shutdown has been put in motion because of gridlock in Congress over funding for President Donald Trump's Mexican border wall. The company that provides ferry services to Alcatraz Island kept its daytime tours but canceled its behind-the-scenes and night tours for Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
December 22, 2018 - 4:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. The government says other national parks "will remain as accessible as possible," although some roads at Rocky Mountain National Park are closed as snow goes unplowed. But, while...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, plastic bottles and other plastics including a mop, lie washed up on the north bank of the River Thames in London. European Union officials agreed on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, to ban some single-use plastics, such as disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort to cut marine pollution. The measure will also affect plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers, balloon sticks, and single-use plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
December 19, 2018 - 9:34 am
BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer Wednesday to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament said they're following...
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December 17, 2018 - 6:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee said Monday that he's been assured that he isn't the target of a criminal investigation, despite reports that prosecutors are probing the committee's finances. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported last week that...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump, center, raises his fist alongside first lady Melania Trump, left, and son Donald Trump, Jr., after dancing at the Liberty Ball following his inauguration in Washington. Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners made illegal contributions to its events. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 14, 2018 - 7:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that prosecutors in New York are investigating whether some of...
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried to a burial plot close to his presidential library for internment on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
December 06, 2018 - 9:15 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Texas A&M says the private, graveside service for George H.W. Bush's family members has ended and the former president has been buried. Thursday evening's ceremony concludes days of...
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People pay their respects as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
December 05, 2018 - 9:03 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 8 p.m. The body of former President George H.W. Bush is set to lie in repose all night at the Houston church where his family worshipped. People lined up Wednesday night at St. Martin's Episcopal...
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, with the help of the Mary and Don Miller family from Plainfield, Wis., flipped the switch to light the state Christmas Tree in the Capitol Rotunda, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Senate and Assembly are set to send dozens of changes in state law to Walker's desk Tuesday. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
December 05, 2018 - 12:14 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Demonstrators booed outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, a sign of tumult as Republicans in the Legislature met to push through measures to gut the powers of his Democratic successor. The Legislature met deep into the night...
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November 29, 2018 - 3:12 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public school students and parents are suing Rhode Island's governor and education officials in federal court, saying the state fails to prepare young people to fully participate in civic life. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, asks the court to confirm the constitutional right...
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Clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Betchatow, central Poland, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. A group of Greenpeace environment activists have climbed its 180-meter smokestack to spur participants in next week's global climate summit in Poland into taking decisions on limiting the use of coal.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 28, 2018 - 3:28 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's executive branch proposed Wednesday that the bloc should cut its emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, a measure that scientists say needs to be adopted worldwide in order to avoid catastrophic global warming. The European Commission is the first...
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