National governments

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, Brother Tomasio Venditti of Steubenville, Ohio, right, holds a Trump-Pence campaign sign as he and Lis Kelly of Notre Dame, Ind., background, wear white gowns depicting the Lady of Guadalupe during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington during the annual March for Life. The annual march to proteststhe Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 16, 2019 - 7:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2018 file photo, Michigan State University Interim President John Engler speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on "Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes," on Capitol Hill in Washington. Michigan State University's board has called a special meeting amid renewed criticism of Engler's handling of the fallout around disgraced ex-sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar. The school says "a personnel action" will be discussed Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Engler told The Detroit News Editorial Board last Friday that women sexually assaulted by the now-imprisoned Nassar have been in the "spotlight" and are "still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 16, 2019 - 5:17 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the criticism of Michigan State's president from the Larry Nassar fallout (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A member of Michigan State University's Board of Trustees says the school's interim President John Engler will resign amid enduring public backlash over...
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January 16, 2019 - 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A vote to move forward on a Democratic resolution that would have reversed Treasury's decision failed Wednesday on a 57-42 vote, just...
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In this image provided by Karen Pulfer Focht, Doug Ketchum and his wife Mary pose with their daughter Stacie as their Memphis liquor store, Kimbrough Wine & Spirits. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a dispute over Tennessee’s residency requirements for liquor store owners. Doug and Mary Ketchum moved from Utah to Memphis and say Tennessee makes it almost impossible for someone to break into the liquor business from out of state. (Karen Pulfer Focht)
January 16, 2019 - 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol. Several justices said the restriction unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state economic...
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January 16, 2019 - 11:40 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A court hearing on a major restructuring of Puerto Rico's massive debt opened on Wednesday, with protesters warning the deal would further indebt the U.S. territory and supporters arguing it would secure funds that the government urgently needs. The hearing involves...
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Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven attends a press conference after his meeting with the Speaker of the parliament Andreas Norlen, in Stockholm, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. The Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen will Monday present a proposal to the Riksdag for a candidate for Prime Minister. (Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency via AP)
January 16, 2019 - 9:57 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden moved a step closer to forming a center-left governing coalition after a small left-wing party on Wednesday cleared the path for him to serve a second term. The move could end a four-month deadlock to form a coalition in...
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FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo, shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown, nearly 60 percent of its workforce, to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 15, 2019 - 7:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid during the shutdown. With the official start of the tax...
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January 15, 2019 - 4:30 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances is asking a court to invalidate more than $6 billion worth of debt issued by the U.S. territory, a move that would hit bondholders. The board said late Monday the debt includes all general obligation bonds...
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FILE - IN this Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, left, one of the former stars of the "Jersey Shore" reality TV show, walks with his fiancee Lauren Pesce while leaving the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Courthouse after a hearing in Newark, N.J. Sorrentino is scheduled to report to Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in upstate New York on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 to begin serving an eight-month sentence for tax fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
January 15, 2019 - 8:07 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — "Jersey Shore" cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is trading life on the beach for time behind prison bars. The 36-year-old is scheduled to report to Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in upstate New York on Tuesday to begin serving an eight-month sentence for...
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In this photo taken on Jan. 4, 2019, women pass by a new year decor outside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, China will slash taxes, step up spending and provide ample financing to private and small enterprises to help counter the country's worst slowdown since the global financial crisis amid a bruising trade war with the U.S., officials said Tuesday at a briefing on plans for 2019 that were set at an annual meeting in December. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 15, 2019 - 1:57 am
BEIJING (AP) — China plans to slash taxes, step up spending and provide ample financing to private and small enterprises to help counter the country's worst slowdown since the global financial crisis and the impact of a bruising trade war with the U.S. The People's Bank of China is confident it can...
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