Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doubts he’d be willing to accept less than the $5.7 billion he has demanded from Congress to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tells The Wall Street Journal that he doesn’t think congressional negotiators will strike a deal he’d accept to end the border wall standoff and pledges to build a wall anyway using his executive powers to declare a national emergency if necessary. Democrats oppose a wall and say it would be ineffective and wasteful.
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — A Catholic priest for a Brazilian church now being used as a command center for officials trying to rescue people after a mining dam burst says many of the church’s parishioners are believed to be buried in mud. Priest Rene Lopez says the community of Brumadinho will rebuild “but it will be harder to rebuild our hearts.” He called the massive mud and debris flow that inundated much of the town “an open wound for all of the people in Brumadinho.”
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban officials say 125 homes were damaged by a tornado, heavy rains and severe winds overnight. Members of the Provincial Defense Council of Havana tell state media Monday that 90 homes collapsed completely and 30 suffered partial collapse. And more than 200,000 people lost water service, largely because of power cuts that left pumps out of service.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Monday that more than $8 billion worth of damage comes from the fire that leveled the town of Paradise and killed 86 people. About $3 billion more is from two Southern California wildfires that ignited the same week.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency because of snow and impending dangerously cold weather. Evers signed the order Monday that directs all state agencies to assist if any emergency response and recovery efforts are needed because of the snowstorm and cold. He is also activating the Wisconsin National Guard to assist with local emergency responders, if necessary. Many parts of Wisconsin had received up to 7 inches of snow as of Monday morning.