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Scott, a furloughed government worker with the IRS volunteers his time to hand out free food and supplies to other furloughed government workers affected by the shutdown at World Central Kitchen, the not-for-profit organization started by Chef Jose Andres, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in Washington. The organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters, has set up a distribution center just blocks from the U.S. Capitol building to assist those affected by the government shutdown. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 25, 2019 - 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS' workforce will return to full strength under the short-term deal to reopen the government struck Friday by President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. But the disruption from the partial shutdown and the recent absence of a large contingent of recalled IRS employees...
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January 24, 2019 - 2:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy is denying thousands of claims from service members and their families who were exposed to contaminated drinking water decades ago at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer told reporters Thursday that at least 4,400 claims totaling $963...
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January 24, 2019 - 12:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church said Thursday it doesn't oppose hate-crimes legislation in Utah that includes protections for LGBT people, an announcement that could break a longtime legislative logjam on the issue. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' sought to clarify that it...
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Brian Toale, 65, a sexual abuse victim when he was a student in a Long Island Catholic school, and now a victims' rights activist, holds a copy of his yearbook photo from around the time he was abused, in New York on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Toale underwent years of therapy and still participates in a weekly 12-step program with other abuse victims, including several who still don't speak publicly about their experience. "When people do tell their stories and expose their abuser, it's so helpful," he said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 23, 2019 - 10:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results...
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January 22, 2019 - 6:47 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state judge on Tuesday struck down Iowa's restrictive "fetal heartbeat" abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Judge Michael Huppert found the law unconstitutional, concluding that the Iowa Supreme Court's earlier...
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Demonstrators gather during a protest against the recent amendments to the labour code, dubbed 'slave law' by opposition forces, in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)
January 19, 2019 - 11:36 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Dozens of anti-government protests have taken place in Hungary to protest labor law changes that sharply increased the overtime hours that employers can request from workers. Saturday's rallies drew mostly hundreds of people to each event. The labor law changes were...
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In this Jan. 15, 2019 photo provided by Juan Oliphant, Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and advocate, swims with a large great white shark off the shore of Oahu. Ramsey told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 17 that images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark prove that these top predators should be protected, not feared. (Juan Oliphant via AP)
January 18, 2019 - 11:45 am
HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The...
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Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, conducts the Christmas service in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
January 17, 2019 - 4:40 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's parliament has adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian church was granted independence. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople earlier this month granted independence to a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church...
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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 - 4:11 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 Sept. 5, 2018 file photo, Tim Hitchens, of Gulfprort, Miss., pulls in a fish while fishing from a pier in the Gulf of Mexico, the morning after Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall nearby, in Biloxi, Miss. The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by in December. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 13, 2019 - 6:35 am
The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress. The new standards are part of a suite of changes that proponents call the Modern Fish Act. They were approved by the House and Senate in December. The author of the proposal,...
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