Government and politics

FILE - In this May 27, 2006, file photo, Simon Bekoalok stands where the eroding land was when he was a child growning up in the now abandoned village of Shaktoolik, Alaska. Grants to turn dredged sediment into Texas marshland and to protect a small Alaska community from the Bering Sea are among 44 announced Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
November 18, 2019 - 5:29 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising...
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FILE - This Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks moved lower in early trading Monday, Nov. 18 as investors assessed mixed signals from the latest round of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China. Media reports early Monday suggested that China is pessimistic about a deal because of U.S. reluctance to ease existing tariffs. That conflicted with a report from China’s state media over the weekend that said negotiators had constructive discussions. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
November 18, 2019 - 4:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes hung close to their record levels in afternoon trading on Monday, as markets wait for the next development in trade talks between the United States and China. All three major indexes were nearly unchanged from where they finished Friday, but the seemingly placid...
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FILE - In this Nov., 20, 2013, file photo, radioactive waste, sealed in large stainless steel canisters, are stored under five-feet of concrete in a storage building at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. The federal government is arguing that it has already promised no more weapons-grade plutonium will be sent to Nevada, and the state lacks standing to seek a court order to force the Energy Department to remove it. Documents filed late Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 in U.S. District Court in Reno brand as "conjectural" or "hypothetical" state complaints that residents are harmed by radiation from material secretly trucked a year ago from South Carolina to Nevada. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
November 18, 2019 - 4:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government wants a judge to reject Nevada’s request for a court order to remove weapons-grade plutonium from a site north of Las Vegas, arguing that officials have already promised that no more will be shipped to the state. In documents filed Friday in U.S. District...
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November 18, 2019 - 3:28 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya says an agreement to end Libya’s conflict is possible, but only if all Libyans reject outside interference in their affairs. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council on Monday that preparations for an international summit in Berlin are underway, and...
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November 18, 2019 - 2:39 pm
GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees. The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year...
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FILE - This Oct. 30, 2019 file photo provided by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality shows affected land from a Keystone oil pipeline leak near Edinburg, North Dakota. The crude oil spill from has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality/Taylor DeVries via AP, File)
November 18, 2019 - 2:30 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday. North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now...
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Anti-government demonstrators react to tear gas fired by Iraqi riot police during clashes in al-Rashid Street, Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
November 18, 2019 - 1:55 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq blocked roads leading to the country’s main port and an oil field on Monday, while the Iraqi central bank reduced working hours because of the ongoing unrest, security officials said. Protesters burned tires, blocking the roads to the...
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A woman paints a closed gas station in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The blockades of former president Evo Morales' supporters on the outskirts of the main cities of Bolivia are causing a shortage of gasoline and food, which puts pressure on the interim government that seeks to open a dialogue to end four weeks of social and political upheaval. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
November 18, 2019 - 12:43 pm
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted President Evo Morales, who resigned after a disputed election and nationwide unrest. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts to...
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November 18, 2019 - 11:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Months after a storm, fire, drought or other disaster has struck, small businesses that have lost revenue due to the devastation may be able to get low-cost government loans. Financial help in the form of economic injury disaster loans are for companies even if they haven’t suffered...
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Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes in order to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the police in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
November 18, 2019 - 10:43 am
HONG KONG (AP) — As night fell on Hong Kong, police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The Asian financial center’s work week began...
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