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January 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first tangible signs of movement may be emerging in the impasse that’s shut down the government for weeks: President Donald Trump is promising a “major announcement” about the closure and the U.S.-Mexico border and Democrats are pledging more money for border security. It’s unclear whether the developments might represent serious steps toward resolving the partisan fight or instead may simply be political posturing as the partial shutdown reaches a record 29th day.

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (ahn-DRAYS’ mahn-WEHL’ LOH’-pez OH’-brah-dohr) says the attorney general’s office will investigate an illegal pipeline tap in central Mexico that killed 66 and wounded dozens of others. At an early morning press conference he said that the office will open an investigation to determine whether the explosion was intentional — caused by an individual or group — or whether the fireball occurred due to the inherent risk of clandestine fuel extraction from ducts.

CHICAGO (AP) — An activist says the sentence a white Chicago police officer received for the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald is “a slap in the face to us and a slap on the wrist.” A judge on Friday sentenced Jason Van Dyke to less than seven years in prison. It’s possible he could serve half of that. The sentencing came a day after a different judge acquitted three officers accused of lying about the 2014 shooting to protect Van Dyke

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a rare public statement from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur). The statement disputes the accuracy of BuzzFeed News’ report that President Donald Trump’s former attorney told Mueller that Trump directed the lawyer to lie to Congress. After the statement came out, Trump retweeted several posts that called the story fake news. He later tweeted: “A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!”

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to Dover Air Force Base to pay tribute to the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week. The trip hadn’t been on his public schedule for Saturday, but he tweeted the news before he left the White House. The bombing was the deadliest assault on U.S. troops in Syria since American forces moved into the country in 2015. It came about a month after Trump said the Islamic State group had been defeated and he was withdrawing U.S. forces.

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