Nation/World

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

Budget Battle

Bitterly divided Congress careens fails to stave off government shutdown

National

Today in History

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2018. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, commanded by Lloyd “Pete” Bucher, charging its crew with being on a spying mission;...


National

Del Toro's 'Shape of Water' lands a leading 13 Oscar nods

Oscar Nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance “The Shape of Water” has landed a leading 13 nominations and Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director by the Academy Awards. “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history as the first woman ever...


World

Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

Israel Pence

JERUSALEM (AP) — Extending his hand at the holiest site where Jews can pray, Vice President Mike Pence visited the Western Wall on Tuesday amid tensions with the Palestinians over President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Wearing a Jewish skullcap on his...


World

Russia says Ahn among top athletes barred from Olympics

Russian Doping

MOSCOW (AP) — Several of Russia’s top medal hopes for next month’s Olympics, including six-time speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, have been barred from the Pyeongchang Games amid the country’s ongoing doping scandal, sparking renewed talk of a boycott. Already depleted by doping bans and...


World

Rupert Murdoch blocked for now from taking over Sky by British regulator fearing 'too

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. British regulators said on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch’s bid for a takeover of European broadcaster Sky would give his family trust “too much control over news providers in the UK across all media platforms . . . and therefore too much influence over public opinion...


Business

The Latest: Investor sees tech failure as risk for markets

Switzerland Davos Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A leading British investment manager says that a catastrophic IT crash that puts markets out of action for several days could be the catalyst to another financial crisis. Anna...


World

Lula, once Brazil's 'most popular politician,' faces ruling that could send him to jail

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. RIO DE JANEIRO - Former president Barack Obama once called him “the most popular politician on earth.” That politician will find out this week whether he is still on track to retake the Brazilian presidency - or move one step closer to a prison cell. Luiz Inácio Lula...


Business

As US raises tariffs, India's Modi defends free trade

Switzerland Davos Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday against a new wave of protectionism, saying that trade barriers pose a danger to the world on par with climate change and extremist attacks. Modi delivered the message in a speech just hours after the U.S. government of...


National

Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter and a leading voice in the anti-apartheid movement

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Hugh Masekela, a South African trumpeter and singer who formed a musical bridge between two continents, mixing American jazz with African folk in records that made him an early avatar of world music and a joyful standard-bearer of his country’s anti-apartheid movement,...


National

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

Alaska Earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of the state’s coast and sending some residents fleeing to higher ground. Officials at the National Tsunami Center canceled the warning after a few...


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