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Senate Passes Bill to End Shutdown

By BRITAIN EAKIN

Reopening the government for at least the next three weeks, the Senate killed the shutdown Monday with the promise of an upcoming vote on key immigration issues.

Fraud Claims Against PG&E Headed for Trial

By NICHOLAS IOVINO

Claims that utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric used fraudulent billing to steal millions of dollars from a competitor must go to trial, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Texas State Senator Faces Life in Slammer

By ERIK DE LA GARZA

Texas state Senator Carlos Uresti used his “well-known name” to lure investors into a Ponzi scheme from which he skimmed money, a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday during opening statements in the felony trial that could send the lawmaker to prison for life.

Deal Close in Fight Over Billionaire's Forgeries

By DON DEBENEDICTIS

A bizarre, six-year saga involving a billionaire real estate developer who made illegal copies of two sculptors’ works may be close to ending.

In this April 10, 2008 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale breaks the ocean surface off Provincetown, Mass., in Cape Cod Bay. Marine conservation groups say the endangered North Atlantic right whale is having such a bad year for accidental deaths that all the mortality could challenge the species' ability to recover in the future. There are thought to be no more than 500 of the giant animals left. Biologists say there have been 12 known deaths of the whales since April, meaning about 2 percent of the population had died in just a few months. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Defenders of Right Whale Fight Operation of Lobster Fishery

Filing suit over the American lobster fishery — a $666.5 million operation that spans Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina — a group of environmentalists say netting entanglements will cause the extinction of the North Atlantic right whale in the next 22 years.

Chinese Aviatrix Launches Dogfight in NY Court

By JOSH RUSSELL

The first Chinese woman to fly a single-engine plane solo around the world aviator claims an industry organization defamed her and diminished the “special quality” of her achievement by propping up a younger pilot’s publicity stunt.

OPINION

This Too

By BILL GIRDNER

Back home on Friday night after watching the journalism drama “The Post” at the ArcLight in Pasadena, I hunted around for coverage of “the shutdown.” I found MSNBC live broadcasting a view of the Senate floor from on high.

Study: More Money for Social Services Improves Health

By SEAN DUFFY

Developed nations can contain health care costs while maintaining a healthy population spending more of their health care budgets on social services, according to a new study.

Dusky Gopher Frog's Land Battle Hops to High Court

By BARBARA LEONARD

The Supreme Court took up a land battle Monday where 1,544 acres of privately owned Louisiana timberland were designated as critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog.

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Gerrymandered Districts Nixed by PA High Court

By LANA MORELLI

Pennsylvania has less than a month to redraw its congressional map, the divided state Supreme Court ruled Monday, finding that Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered district lines in 2011.

Vermont First to Legalize Pot Outside Ballot Box

By SHANE TOWN

With admittedly “mixed emotions,” Vermont’s Republican governor signed a first-of-its-kind bill Monday legalizing recreational marijuana in the Green Mountain State.

Town Hall Debates GOP Tax Plan's Effect on California

By NATHAN SOLIS

Uncertainties of what the recent tax overhaul plan will mean for the average American remain weeks after its passage, but in Los Angeles it means higher taxes for low- and middle-income families and a reduction in health care.

High Court Sides With DC Police on House Party Bust

By BARBARA LEONARD

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a jury’s $1 million verdict in favor of partygoers whose raucous gathering was busted by police.

Vegetarians Lose Beef Over Fat-Cooked French Fries

By LORRAINE BAILEY
FrenchFries

Vegetarians cannot sue Buffalo Wild Wings for failing to disclose that its french fries, mozzarella sticks and other fried non-meat items are cooked in beef tallow, a federal judge ruled.

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Now Extinct, Eastern Cougar Removed From Endangered List

RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE

Xerox CEO Under Fire by Billionaire Investors

EVA FEDDERLY

Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, billionaire businessmen who together control more than 15 percent of Xerox, called for the immediate replacement Monday of the copier giant’s CEO.

Justices: Federal Dismissals Stop Clock on State-Law Claims

DAN MCCUE
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A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that the statute-of-limitations clock is stopped on state claims dismissed as part of federal cases.

SC School District Seeks $42.5M in Insurance Fraud Suit

ELLEN ROBINSON

A South Carolina school sued its former chief financial officer, insurance companies and others over what it claims was “a series of insidious schemes” through which the defendants defrauded the district and its taxpayers out of millions of dollars.

Corruption Trial Opens for 3-Term Pennsylvania Mayor

LOWELL NEUMANN-NICKEY

The corruption trial of three-term Allentown, Pa. Mayor Ed Pawlowski opened Monday with his attorney promising he’ll take the stand during the trial to “bare his soul” and prove his innocence.

SCOTUS Clarifies Jurisdiction for Water Rule Challenges

KEVIN LESSMILLER

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that legal challenges of what waters are subject to federal protection must be brought in a trial court, not a federal appeals court.

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The New York Capitol building in Albany

Political Corruption Trial Has New Yorkers Grumbling

ADAM KLASFELD

Poll Finds More Blame Republicans for Shutdown

JON PARTON

More Americans blame Republicans than Democrats for the weekend partial shutdown of the federal government amid partisan bickering, according to a new poll.

Russia Media Outlet RT Says US Foreign Agent Order Hurts

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The head of Russian television channel RT says the Kremlin-funded outlet is already suffering the consequences of having to register as a foreign agent in the U.S. amid allegations that it participated in attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Feds OK Deal for a Road Through Alaska Wilderness

MATTHEW RENDA
Frosty Creek in Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. (Kristine Sowl/USFWS)

The Interior Department has completed a land swap that will allow Alaska to build a gravel road through a wildlife refuge in the southwestern part of the state.

Lesbian Couple Slams State Dept Denial of Son's Citizenship

BRITAIN EAKIN
Lesbian Wedding

An American woman whose wife is from Italy brought a federal complaint Monday against the State Department, claiming it cited an internal agency policy to unfairly deny one of their sons birthright U.S. citizenship.

Baltimore Police Get Third Commissioner in 3 Years

DANIEL W. STAPLES

Baltimore just installed its third police commissioner in as many years following problems with increased violence and a record-level homicide rate in 2017.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence walks with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Pence Tells Israel US Embassy to Move to Jerusalem in 2019

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Human Smuggling an Independent Affair, Study Finds

SEAN DUFFY
FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, Italian border police officers escort sub-Saharan men on their way to a relocation center, after arriving in the Golfo Azzurro rescue vessel at the port of Augusta, in Sicily, Italy, with hundreds of migrants aboard, rescued by members of Proactive Open Arms NGO. The European Court of Justice rejected a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia on Sept. 6, 207, to stay out of a European Union scheme meant to relocate refugees. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)

At least one international human smuggling network is operated by “independent players,” according to a new study that examines the illegal transportation of people from the Horn of Africa into Northern Europe.

Trump to Face Mixed Welcome at Elite Davos Gathering

ASSOCIATED PRESS

In Davos this week, participants can experience “a day in the life of a refugee.” Or hear about ways to uphold the Paris climate accord and promote free trade. Or rub elbows with any number of leaders of African countries.

Palestinian Leader Urges EU to Recognize State, Boost Role

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged European Union countries to recognize the state of Palestine and called on the 28-nation bloc to step up political efforts in the Middle East amid Arab disappointment with the U.S. role in the region.

Ex-Catalan Leader Makes Trip After Judge Nixes Arrest

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The fugitive ex-president of Spain’s Catalonia region left his self-exile in Belgium and visited Denmark unimpeded Monday after a Spanish judge refused to ask Danish authorities to arrest him.

Suspect in London Van Attack a 'Ticking Time Bomb'

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Police cordon at attack near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London on June 19, 2017. (Yui Mok/PA, File via AP)

A man accused of driving a van into worshippers near London’s Finsbury Park Mosque became convinced that all Muslims were extremists or rapists in pedophile gangs, a prosecutor said Monday.

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