Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. set up the two showdown votes for Thursday, a day before some 800,000 federal workers are due to miss a second paycheck.
One vote will be on his own measure, which reflects Trump's offer to trade border wall funding for temporary protections for some immigrants. It was quickly rejected by Democrats. The second vote is set for a bill approved by the Democratic-controlled House reopening government through Feb. 8, with no wall money, to give bargainers time to talk.
Teachers overwhelmingly approved a new contract Tuesday and planned to return to the classroom after a six-day strike over funding and staffing in the nation's second-largest school district.
Although all votes hadn't been counted, preliminary figures showed that a "vast supermajority" of some 30,000 educators voted in favor of the tentative deal, "therefore ending the strike and heading back to schools tomorrow," said Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders of the union and the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced the agreement at City Hall a few hours after a 21-hour bargaining session ended before dawn.
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U.S. government regulators are accusing software maker Oracle of engaging in discriminatory practices that resulted in thousands of its women, black and Asian employees being underpaid by more than $400 million.
The allegations emerged Tuesday in a filing made in a two-year-old case that is being pursued by a part of the U.S. Labor Department that examines the pay practices of government contractors. The agency estimates Oracle has government contracts worth about $100 million annually.
While Coast Guard members worked without expecting paychecks to come on Friday, their loved ones headed to Capitol Hill to express the true financial burden of the shutdown.
The roughly 42,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard fall under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense, meaning they are the only branch of the military not getting paid during the shutdown.
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The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.
The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court's five conservatives greenlighting it and its four liberal members saying they would not have. The order from the court was brief and procedural, with no elaboration from the justices.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera headlined the 2019 baseball Hall of Fame class, which was announced Tuesday. He was voted into Cooperstown with former teammate Mike Mussina, Seattle Mariners DH Edgar Martinez and...
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Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of going on strike after more than a year of negotiations over base pay.
Rob Gould, lead negotiator for the Denver Classroom Teachers' Association, said 93 percent of unionized teachers voted in favor of a strike. The union represents 5,635 educators in the Denver Public School system, which could see a strike as soon as Monday.
The main sticking point was increasing base pay, including lessening teachers' reliance on one-time bonuses for things such as having students with high test scores or working in a high-poverty school. Teachers also wanted to earn more for continuing their education.
One of the high school students at the center of the Washington, D.C., march encounter that's become a cultural flashpoint says he wasn't being "disrespectful" toward a Native American activist he appeared to stare down.
Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, discussed the march and its aftermath with Savannah Guthrie in an interview airing Wednesday on the TODAY show.
Guthrie asked Sandmann if he feels he owes anyone an apology for the encounter, in which he appears on video to be smirking in the face of activist Nathan Phillips as Phillips chanted and played a drum during the Indigenous Peoples March Friday.
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A federal trial began Tuesday for lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a plan that a different court blocked last week.
Former U.S. Census Bureau director John Thompson, the first plaintiffs' witness for the bench trial in Maryland, testified Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross disregarded "long established" Census Bureau protocols in adding the citizenship question. Thompson, who oversaw the bureau from 2013 through June 2017, said he doesn't think officials properly tested the question for the 2020 census.
"It's very problematic for me," Thompson said of Ross' decision.
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Russell Baker, the genial, but sharp-witted writer who won Pulitzer Prizes for his humorous columns in The New York Times and a moving autobiography of his impoverished Baltimore childhood and later hosted television's "Masterpiece Theatre," has died. He was 93.
Allen Baker told The Associated Press that his father died on Monday from complications after a fall.
Baker in his later years, he lived in Leesburg, Virginia, not far from the rural community of his native Morrisonville.
Federal prosecutors say three Michigan residents have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group.
They say FBI agents arrested Muse Abdikadir Muse, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and Mohamed Salat Haji on Monday, and prosecutors charged the Lansing residents in a complaint filed Tuesday.
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Alec Baldwin is due in court in New York City for a hearing on charges that he slugged a man during a dispute over a parking spot in last fall.
The 60-year-old actor is scheduled to appear in a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday morning. He's charged with misdemeanor attempted assault and harassment, a violation.
Baldwin has denied punching anyone in the Nov. 2 clash. The former "30 Rock" star's lawyer says he'll be vindicated by "incontrovertible video evidence."
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A 23-year-old woman who was reported missing over the weekend has been found alive, Boston police confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Olivia Ambrose was found alive at a housing project in the city's Charlestown neighborhood and was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.
A suspect, 38-year-old Victor Pena of Charlestown, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, according to Boston Police.
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The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress — despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it.