Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will get a security briefing on the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit to McAllen, Texas. Trump plans a Thursday trip to a border patrol station but has expressed doubts his appearance and remarks will change any minds as he seeks $5.7 billion for a border wall, his signature campaign promise. Trump stalked out of a Wednesday meeting with congressional leaders and tweeted “I said bye-bye” as efforts to end the partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slumping in early trading on Wall Street, led by steep drops by retailers after several reported weak holiday sales. Macy’s plunged after posting worse-than-expected sales in the period leading up to the holiday. Airlines are also taking a hit after American Airlines released a weak forecast for its fourth-quarter results. The losses, if they hold, would end a four-day winning streak for the market, its longest since September.
UNDATED (AP) — A U.S. sportswear company says it will no longer be doing business with a Chinese manufacturer that has drawn workers from an internment camp that holds ethnic minorities. Last month an Associated Press investigation found the Chinese government had started forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. The investigation tracked shipments from one Chinese factory to Badger Sportswear in North Carolina.
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they used a new version of their Qasef drone to launch an attack on a government air base that killed at least six people. Rebel media on Thursday quoted its military forces as saying the drone that was launched at the base in the country’s south was a Qasef-2K.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The head of the African Union Commission says he takes note of the official results of Congo’s disputed presidential election but like others is not issuing congratulations to the winner. Moussa Faki Mahamat in a statement urges that Congo find a “genuine national consensus” whatever the results, based on democratic principles, human rights and the need for stability.