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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, Texas Governor Greg Abbott smiles before a gubernatorial debate against his Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. Decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene in new sessions in 2019. Abbott and the Republican-controlled Legislature will be wrestling with whether to tap as much as $5 billion from the state’s rainy-day fund to pay for the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which swamped the southeast portion of the state in August 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)
December 31, 2018 - 12:20 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be considering anew whether to expand government-funded...
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The Conservators Center says a worker has been killed by a lion that got loose from a locked space, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Burlington, N.C. The facility was founded in 1999 and is in Burlington, about 50 miles northwest of Raleigh. (WTVD/ABC11 via AP)
December 31, 2018 - 8:10 am
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A lion killed a young worker at a wildlife center Sunday after it got loose from a locked space, the center said. Alexandra Black, 22, of New Palestine, Indiana, was killed Sunday after being attacked by the lion in an enclosure that was being cleaned at the Conservators...
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Washington Redskins defensive tackle Stacy McGee (92) sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the first half of the NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 30, 2018 - 8:57 pm
The Philadelphia Eagles were down to their third-string quarterback at the end of their playoff-clinching victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Nick Foles left the game with a chest injury in the fourth quarter. Foles started the Eagles' last three games of the season, all of them...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2018 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown steps down Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 bills into law during his last year in office, most of which take effect with the Jan. 1 start of the new year. They continue positioning California as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to Republican President Donald Trump on topics including climate change, criminal justice and gender discrimination. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 29, 2018 - 11:44 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving office Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year, further positioning the state as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to President Donald Trump. The laws, most of which take effect Tuesday, ease criminal sentences...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, July 16, 2017, movie director Christopher Nolan poses at the premiere of the movie "Dunkirk," in Dunkirk, northern France. Nolan is among those being recognized in Britain’s royal New Year’s Honors List, according to the list of recipients released Friday Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, FILE)
December 29, 2018 - 4:04 am
LONDON (AP) — British divers who rescued young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain's New Year's Honors List, along with 1960s model Twiggy and Monty Python star Michael Palin. Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era,...
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Plumes rise from Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts in the Java Strait, Indonesia on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. A deadly tsunami followed an eruption and apparent undersea landslide on the volcano, gushing ashore without warning during a busy holiday weekend. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
December 29, 2018 - 12:24 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Scientists say Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island, which erupted and collapsed a week ago triggering a deadly tsunami, is now only about a quarter of its pre-eruption size. Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation says Anak Krakatau now...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
December 28, 2018 - 11:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2018, file photo, a field of corn grows in front of an old windmill in Pacific Junction, Iowa, The government shutdown could complicate things for farmers lining up for federal payments to ease the burden of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The USDA last week assured farmers that direct payments would keep going out during the first week of the shutdown. But payments will soon be suspended for farmers who haven’t certified production. Farm loans and disaster assistance programs will also be on hold. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File )
December 28, 2018 - 11:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America's farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, July 16, 2017, movie director Christopher Nolan poses at the premiere of the movie "Dunkirk," in Dunkirk, northern France. Nolan is among those being recognized in Britain’s royal New Year’s Honors List, according to the list of recipients released Friday Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, FILE)
December 28, 2018 - 5:51 pm
LONDON (AP) — British divers who rescued young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain's New Year's Honors List, along with 1960s model Twiggy and Monty Python star Michael Palin. Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era,...
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In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, photo, Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, take a walk with their dog Cali on their Colusa County ranch near Williams, Calif. The Browns will retire to the ranch when he leaves office Jan. 7, 2019, after a record four terms in office, from 1975-1983 and again since 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
December 28, 2018 - 1:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die. After much speculation, Brown signed the measure, a victory for "death with dignity" advocates and...
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