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January 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadlock over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding will once again take center stage as White House officials and congressional staffers continue negotiations Saturday in hopes of ending the government shutdown. Democrats emerged from Friday’s meeting reporting little if any progress and Trump declared he could keep the shutdown going for “months or even years.” He wants billions of dollars for a wall at the Mexican border.

UNDATED (AP) — Nonprofits, businesses and state governments are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers. But the makeshift arrangement hasn’t prevented some parks from closing and others from being inundated with trash. Support groups say the donated money and time could run short if the budget impasse lasts much longer. Some are calling for parks to close until the standoff ends.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The reality of the government shutdown over a border wall is somewhat different at the Mexican border. The debate over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion overlooks bottlenecks in the immigration system as more families and children turn themselves in to seek asylum. The backlog in immigration courts has soared, and U.S. authorities don’t have room to detain families. Yet Trump has focused a partial government the shutdown almost exclusively on the wall.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib has gotten a fast lesson about being cautious with her words: Speaking with the bluntness of a candidate can produce swift and uncomfortable results. She says the reaction to her profane remark about impeaching President Donald Trump has been “pretty intense.” Tlaib’s remark drew criticism from Trump and little support from Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected both the profanity and the impeachment talk.

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Police say three men have been shot and killed in a fight at a bowling alley in Torrance, California, a coastal Los Angeles suburb. Officials responded to the early Saturday morning shooting at Gable House Bowl. Witnesses say the shooting stemmed from a fight between two large groups of people. A witness said he was at the bowling alley when he saw the fight devolve into “complete chaos.” Police say four male victims were taken to hospitals. They have not released any more information.

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