TRUMP-BORDER WALL Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with…
Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.”
Trump tells The Wall Street Journal that he doesn’t think the negotiators will strike a deal that he’d accept. He pledges to build a wall anyway using his executive powers to declare a national emergency if necessary.
A bipartisan committee of House and Senate lawmakers are expected to consider border spending as part of the legislative process to keep the government open past a Feb. 15 deadline for a budget agreement.
Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work now that the 35-day shutdown is over.
Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 58 dead
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Firefighters are carefully moving over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies left by a dam collapse that buried structures of mine operator Vale and surrounding neighborhoods with iron ore waste.
The confirmed death toll rose to 58, with up to 300 people still missing. In an ominous sign, nobody was recovered alive Sunday, a stark difference from the first two days of the disaster, when helicopters were whisking people from the mud.
The slow speed of search efforts is due to the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine dam breached Friday afternoon. It is up 24 feet (8 meters) deep in some places, and searchers have to carefully walk around the edges or slowly crawl out onto the muck.
Duterte to visit site of bombings that killed at least 20
JOLO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials are scheduled to visit the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants bombed a Catholic cathedral during Sunday Mass, killing at least 20 people.
Duterte’s office vowed earlier to “pursue to the ends of the earth” the perpetrators of the attack. The president and defense, military and police officials were to visit the scene and meet survivors Monday.
The attack occurred in the provincial capital of Jolo island, which has long been troubled by Abu Sayyaf militants, who have carried out years of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings and have aligned themselves with the Islamic State group.
The SITE Intelligence monitoring group said an IS communique claimed two of its suicide bombers carried out the attack. The claim could not be independently verified.
Detained Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4 ½ years
BEIJING (AP) — Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power.
The No. 2 Intermediate Court in the northeastern city of Tianjin passed the sentence on Monday with the additional provision that Wang’s political rights be withheld for five years.
Wang was tried in a closed hearing last month after being held without access to his lawyers or family for more than three years.
Wang is among more than 200 lawyers and legal activists detained during a 2015 crackdown. He was a member of the Fengrui law firm, well known for its advocacy work, through which he pursued land rights cases on behalf of poor villagers and represented members of the banned Falun Gong meditation sect.
AP POLL-TRUMP-FOREIGN POLICY
AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump’s foreign policy
WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans don’t like the way President Donald Trump handles U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country’s global standing will deteriorate during the next year.
That’s according to a new poll that also found the public split about U.S. troops fighting in foreign wars.
Overall, 35 percent approve of the way the president is handling foreign policy, while 63 percent disapprove. The partisan divide is startling. While 76 percent of Republicans approve, just 8 percent of Democrats say the same.
About 39 percent back pulling U.S. troops from Syria and 41 percent say they would be OK with bringing them home from Afghanistan, too.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran without running afoul of U.S. sanctions.
The White House is putting the Europeans on notice, saying that if they try to do an end-run around U.S. sanctions on Iran, they will be subject to stiff fines and penalties.
A spokeswoman for the European Union says preparations for the alternative system are “at an advanced stage” and could be announced “very soon.”
In an effort to get ahead of any announcement, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on Friday that the U.S. will fully enforce its sanctions and hold anyone accountable for undermining them. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the issue.
SAG AWARDS-THE LATEST
The Latest: ‘Black Panther’ wins film cast SAG Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for drama film cast.
It is the second award the Marvel Comics superhero film won on Sunday; it also won the best stunt ensemble award before the SAG Awards ceremony began.
Chadwick Boseman thanked his fellow actors and executives who made the film.
The actor, who plays the Black Panther in the groundbreaking superhero flick, said many of the cast understood what it meant to be a black actor on the film and creating “a world we wanted to see.”
TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS
Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As President Donald Trump rolls back rules on the energy sector, government projections show the savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost.
An Associated Press review of rules targeted under Trump identified up to $11.6 billion in future savings for companies engaged with fossil fuels. Billions more could come from a freeze in vehicle efficiency standards that’s expected to boost fuel consumption.
The trade-off is more premature deaths from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying fuels.
AP’s tally was derived from projections required under executive order. Of 11 rule changes AP examined, five are pending.
The rules were crafted in response to climate change, the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, coal ash releases and fuel train explosions.
UK PM May faces bruising week with Brexit challenges
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another bruising week in Parliament, with lawmakers planning to challenge her minority Conservative government for control of Britain’s uncertain Brexit policy.
The political jockeying escalated Sunday ahead of Parliament’s plan to consider amendments designed to alter Brexit’s course.
The final lineup of amendments to be voted on will not be announced until Tuesday, hours before the latest Brexit debate and voting begins.
Several amendments are designed to delay Britain’s planned March 29 exit from the European Union or make a “no-deal” Brexit impossible.
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said Sunday that her party would back the movement to delay Brexit.
May’s Brexit divorce plan was soundly rejected by Parliament two weeks ago. She is scrambling to gain more backing.
Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers
CHICAGO (AP) — Experts say that U.S. companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees suffering from cognitive declines as the American workforce ages.
Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with tasks they’ve long completed without difficulty. Historically punctual employees may forget about scheduled meetings. And those who have traveled to the same office day after day may begin to lose their way during their morning commutes.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s diagnoses and certain other forms of dementia are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees certain rights and workplace accommodations.
Sarah Wood is the director of global work-life services for a consultation and training organization, North Carolina-based Workplace Options. She says the trick is determining what tasks employees can still perform and what they can still do safely.
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