BC-US-GOVERNMENT-SHUTDOWN-THE LATEST The Latest: Amid talks, Trump stands by border wall demand WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is standing by his demands for funding for a border wall as another round of shutdown talks…
The Latest: Amid talks, Trump stands by border wall demand
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is standing by his demands for funding for a border wall as another round of shutdown talks fails to break an impasse.
Newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up the pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.
Trump spent part of Sunday at Camp David for staff meetings but showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
At the White House complex, a meeting with senior congressional aides led by Vice President Mike Pence yielded little progress.
With the partial shutdown in its third week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days.
Foles leads Eagles to 16-15 upset of Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL’s stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.
Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar with a field-goal attempt from 43 yards with 10 seconds remaining, silencing the raucous crowd.
The defending league champion Eagles (10-7) squeezed into the playoffs by beating Washington and having the Bears (12-5) help them by knocking off Minnesota in the season finale. Philadelphia thanked its benefactor with a 12-play, 60-yard drive on which Foles, the Super Bowl MVP last February, hit six passes.
Philly plays at New Orleans next Sunday.
No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England in 2004, and the Eagles are a sixth seed. The last sixth seed to win the NFL title was Green Bay in the 2010 season.
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The Latest: Israel calls on US to recognize rule over Golan
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on the U.S to recognize Israeli sovereignty of the disputed Golan Heights.
Netanyahu announced that he and Bolton would visit the region on Monday, weather permitting.
Standing next to U.S. national security adviser John Bolton before a working dinner in Jerusalem, Netanyahu says: “When you’re there, you’ll be able to understand perfectly why we’ll never leave the Golan Heights, and why it’s important that all countries recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
Israel captured the area from Syria in the 1967 war. It annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, but the international community has not recognized the takeover.
Bolton is in Israel to reassure the American ally about the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, which Israel fears could allow a resurgence of the Islamic State there.
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Louisiana town reels from loss of 5 children in fiery crash
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A small Louisiana town is reeling after five children on a trip to Walt Disney World were killed in a fiery wreck in Florida.
Prayer services and vigils have been held in the town of about 5,500 people.
A van from a Pentecostal church in Marksville was traveling outside of Gainesville when it was caught in a fiery crash involving two 18-wheelers Thursday. The two truck drivers also died.
Jacqueline Williams’ 14-year-old nephew, Jeremiah Warren, was among the dead. She says when the kids left everyone simply expected they’d “have fun and enjoy themselves.”
Rev. Carolyn Fletcher at the Marksville United Methodist Church says they collected money for the families during their Sunday service and prayed for the victims, survivors and their families.
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The Latest: Michigan family devastated by fatal crash
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The death of a Michigan family of five in a vehicle crash in Kentucky has devastated their relatives and friends.
Habib Abbas of Dearborn, a cousin of the father, told The Detroit News that when he first heard about it he didn’t believe it and went about his day.
He says: “I thought it was a rumor or something and then saw it again and called his sister. She and the family are even more in denial.”
Authorities identified the family members as 42-year-old Issam Abbas and Rima Abbas, 38 and their children, a boy Ali Abbas, 14 and girls Isabella Abbas, 13, and Giselle Abbas, 7.
Abbas says Issam Abbas was a lawyer and that Rima Abbas was a doctor and devoted mother to their children. He says the extended family was close and his cousin led a “beautiful life.”
He added: “You don’t expect a whole family to get wiped out. You think to yourself ‘What’s the worst case scenario?’ and that’s it.”
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The Latest: Sheriff: Man in truck was witness, not suspect
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas sheriff says authorities now believe that a man in a red pickup who was being sought in the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl was actually just a witness.
Authorities said Sunday that the killing of Jazmine Barnes appears to have been a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack as her family feared.
The family had described the shooter as a white man in a red pickup. Authorities say the suspects they’ve identified are both African-American.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the shooting happened very quickly while Jazmine, her mother and three sisters were at a stoplight. He says it’s likely that the red pickup truck was the last thing seen by Jazmine’s sisters before gunfire broke out. He also noted that it was dark out at the time.
Gonzalez says authorities still hope to talk to the person in the red pickup to get his account of what happened.
CBS News president steps down, replaced by veteran producer
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News says David Rhodes has stepped down as president of its troubled news division, and he’ll be replaced by veteran “48 Hours” producer Susan Zirinsky.
Acting CBS chief Joseph Ianniello says Rhodes had decided to move on after eight years with the news division.
CBS has seen its morning news anchor, Charlie Rose, and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager both lose their jobs following misconduct issues in the past years.
The network’s morning show has struggled in the ratings since Rose’s departure, and the evening news has also struggled with anchor Jeff Glor.
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The Latest: Rami Malek wins best film drama actor Globe
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Rami Malek has won the Golden Globe for best film drama actor for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
It is Malek’s first Golden Globe win. He was twice nominated for his role on the television drama “Mr. Robot.”
Malek thanked Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, as well as Mercury for providing the role of a lifetime.
Police confront 2 men, 1 white, 1 black: Only 1 is shot
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two Milwaukee police encounters involving men believed to be armed over the course of 15 months ended dramatically different and with the question of how race factors into officers’ actions.
Only one of the suspects was armed. One was white; one was black. Only one was shot.
That it was Jerry Smith, the unarmed black suspect, who was shot might come as little surprise when police shootings of African-Americans seem commonplace nationally.
Milwaukee has been a prime example of black residents’ strained relationship with police. Riots erupted over a 2016 police shooting of a black man. Two years earlier, the police killing of a mentally ill black man sparked public outrage.
Smith is suing the Police Department.
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Ex-Cuban vice president, Bay of Pigs commander, dies at 95
HAVANA (AP) — Jose Ramon Fernandez, a retired brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country’s new army and commanded Cuban defenses at the Bay of Pigs, has died, state media reported. He was 95.
Tall and spindly with the rigid posture of a military man, Fernandez in his final years remained a legendary figure and served for a time as a vice president on Cuba’s Council of Ministers, or Cabinet. He was a founding member of the Communist Party of Cuba.
Fernandez ran a cadet school that trained officers after the revolutionary triumph of Jan. 1, 1959, laying the foundation of the communist country’s new army.
He also helped command Cuba’s nascent militia forces in their victory over invading exile forces at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961.