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President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan 25, 2019, in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’ll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks — until Feb. 15. Trump’s action would end what has become a record, 35-day partial shutdown. Some 800,000 federal workers have had to work without pay or have been...
Logos of various social media sites
Honolullu, HAWAII — When Tonga lost all cell phone and internet connection to the outside world on Sunday evening, Paula Piveni Piukala, the country's cable director happened to be attending a regional Telecommunications conference in Hawai'i. When he received news that something was wrong, he said...
This Sept. 9, 2015, file photo shows Mungau Dain in Venice, Italy
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mungau Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Tanna.” He got the role because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. They would later describe him...
Writer, producer, and film director Tyler Perry
(AP) — A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: CLAIM: “Melania is first FLOTUS to visit a combat zone since 1969” -...
students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla
NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.  The No. 2...
In this March 15, 2015, file photo, an Apu cutout is displayed at a Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Truck
NEW YORK (AP) — They are fighting, yes, but the fight crackles with the enticing electricity that only Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could deliver. He is storming out the door. She is throwing his golf clubs after him. The music is jaunty. He is charmingly irritated. Then: He strides up to her,...
Aretha Franklin who passed away this year.
(AP) — In a year filled with heightened political vitriol, two deaths brought the nation together to remember men who represented a seemingly bygone era of U.S. politics. George H.W. Bush was a president, vice president, congressman, CIA director and Navy pilot during World War II, where he flew 58...
Pope Francis delivers his Christmas message
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world’s differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among...
Canadian Lt. Maj. Chris Hache takes a call while volunteering at the NORAD Tracks Santa center
DENVER (AP) — The government may be partially shut down, but that won’t stop hundreds of volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and military uniforms Monday from taking calls from children around the world who want to know when Santa will be coming. The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa won’t be...
 In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 file photo, Madonna performs during the Women's March on Washington.
(AP) — A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: THE CLAIM: Madonna told Fox News: “I heavily regret my...

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