Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess. A solution couldn’t come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no […]

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AP: Fla. governor’s race pits liberal Dem vs. Trump Republican

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A liberal Florida Democrat pulled off an upset victory Tuesday in the state’s primary for governor while President Donald Trump’s favored candidate cruised to victory for the GOP, setting up a fierce fall showdown in the nation’s largest political battleground. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who would be the state’s first black […]

Cuba will not accept threats or blackmail from the U.S., says foreign minister

LIMA, Peru (ACN) — Cuba will not accept threats or blackmail from the US government, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla reiterated before heads of state and government during his speech at the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. Speaking at the high-level segment of the hemispheric meeting, which concluded on Saturday, the head […]

St Lucia Marketing Board cannot pay staff, despite claimed economic growth

CASTRIES, St Lucia — According to a memo dated March 27, 2018, from acting general manager, Therese Desir, the Saint Lucia Marketing Board (SLMB) has no money to pay last month’s salaries, apparently despite the government’s improved fiscal position and claimed three percent economic growth rate. The memo to all staff members, headed “Payment of […]

Angry families demand facts on deadly Venezuela jail riot

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — Distraught families are clamoring for information about detained relatives following a fire that Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says killed 68 people when it swept through the cells of the state police station. Angry relatives fought with police outside the facility Wednesday after being unable to get any information on casualties from Wednesday’s […]