Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress says it is “unacceptable” for President Donald Trump to consider taking billions of dollars slated for disaster response in the U.S. territory to help build a border wall. Jenniffer Gonzalez said Friday the island still hasn’t received $2.5 billion in funds even though more than a year has passed since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. Trump and Democrats are at an impasse over wall funding, leading to a partial government shutdown.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the Americans are not serious about withdrawing from Syria. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that it appears to Moscow that the U.S. “is looking for a reason to stay.” Zakharova’s remarks appeared shortly after an American official said that the U.S.-led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria.
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in October says he received a call late Thursday that he’d been praying for. Robert Naiberg tells The Associated Press that his daughter called him with news that his granddaughter, 13-year-old Jayme Closs, had been found alive. He says his granddaughter reported she’d been held by “a guy in the woods.” Investigators confirm a suspect is in custody. A Friday news conference is planned.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Data provided to The Associated Press raises questions about whether the U.S. immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. The data shows the U.S. approved thousands of requests by men to bring child and adolescent brides from other countries. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the United States, and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Many government employees are trying to make ends meet during the partial government shutdown. Rachael Weatherly, a senior adviser for FEMA, just applied for unemployment and is considering trying to get a job at a grocery store. In Massachusetts, a private group is making sure that local Coast Guard employees have food and clothing. In Falls Church, Virginia, one school district is holding a hiring fair for furloughed federal employees interested in working as substitute teachers.