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OGDEN, Utah _ Federal employees received pay stubs with nothing but zeros on them Friday as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills. All told, an estimated 800,000 government workers missed their paychecks for the first time since the shutdown began. Employees posted pictures of the pay statements on Twitter and vented their frustration as the standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall entered its 21st day. This weekend, it will become the longest shutdown in U.S. history. By Brady McCombs and Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,030 words, photos and video.
The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least making air travel less convenient. By David Koenig. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
TRANSGENDER-ALASKA WOMEN’S SHELTER
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states will urge a U.S. judge on Friday to block Alaska’s largest city from requiring a faith-based women’s shelter to accept transgender women. Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the city of Anchorage to stop it from applying a gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter, which denied entry to a transgender woman. The lawsuit says homeless shelters are exempt from the local law and that constitutional principles of freedom of religion are at stake. By Rachel D’Oro. SENT: 420 words, photo.
_ VAIL RESORTS-OUTLOOK _ Shares of Vail Resorts are falling after the ski resort company lowered one of its full-year forecasts because of fewer guests in early December.
_ SON KILLED-TRIAL _ The date and location of a trial for a Colorado man accused of killing his 13-year-old son have been set.
_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. rose 5.50 cents at 5.1950 a bushel; Mar. corn gained 2 cents at 3.7825 a bushel; Mar. oats advanced 6 cents at $2.9475 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans was up 3.75 cents at $8.9925 a bushel.
ENGLEWOOD — A person with knowledge of the breakdown in talks tells The Associated Press that Gary Kubiak won’t return to run the Denver Broncos’ offense for new head coach Vic Fangio as had been expected. The person, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation, said the two longtime NFL veterans couldn’t agree on scheme, philosophy and staffing. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 220 words, photos.
TEMPE, Ariz. _ Former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has been hired as the defensive coordinator on new Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. General manager Steve Keim had said he wanted a veteran defensive coordinator to pair with Kingsbury, who has no NFL coaching experience and will focus on offense. By Bob Baum. SENT: 470 words, photos.
USA BASKETBALL-INELIGIBLE PLAYER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ An Alabama judge on Friday temporarily reinstated the eligibility of prep basketball player Maori Davenport who had been suspended over what her parents described as a mistake payment from US Basketball. Pike County Circuit Judge Sonny Reagan issued an order stopping the Alabama High School Athletic Association from disqualifying Davenport until the court rules on a complaint filed by the teen’s parents. It is unclear when the court will rule on the complaint. SENT: 310 words, photo.
PAUL NEWBERRY-MAORI DAVENPORT
Maori Davenport had to go to court just to get back on the court. How ridiculous it’s come to that for the Alabama high school basketball star. Thankfully, a cruel and unjust ruling by the state’s governing body was put on hold Friday by a local judge, just hours before Davenport’s Charles Henderson High School took the court for a game against Carroll. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.
SPORTS IN BRIEF:
_ AVALANCHE DISPUTE _ Colorado Avalanche star center Nathan MacKinnon and coach Jared Bednar appear to have made peace. (With AP Photo)
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