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Signs announce the visitor center at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri Valley, Iowa, is closed, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, as the partial government shutdown continues. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
January 09, 2019 - 1:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The partial restaffing of 38...
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A Marine stands by the door to the West Wing of the White House, Tuesday Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington, as television lights are at the ready a few hours before President Donald Trump is expected to make an address to the nation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 08, 2019 - 6:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is asking states to issue the February benefits on or...
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FILE- In this Aug. 19, 2015, file photo the Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington. The prolonged government shutdown couldn’t come at a worse time for the Internal Revenue Service. The tax filing season is opening soon. And for taxpayers, payments for those who owe Uncle Sam likely will still be due April 15, but people due refunds could see a delay if the partial shutdown persists. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 07, 2019 - 7:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers who are owed refunds will be paid on time, despite the government shutdown that has closed many federal agencies, a Trump administration official said Monday as concern mounted over the risk that the payments could be delayed. The acting director of the White House...
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FILE - This July 14, 2018 file photo shows gamblers placing bets on sports events at the FanDuel sports book at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., on the day it opened. The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
January 02, 2019 - 11:16 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don't bet on it. Just look to the states that...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, a little-known device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah. The Trump administration is moving to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. A senior Justice Department official said Tuesday bump stocks will be banned under the federal law that prohibits machine guns. It will take effect in late March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 18, 2018 - 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and were used during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The regulation gives gun owners until late March to turn in or destroy the...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2018, file photo, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump has named Mulvaney as his new chief of staff. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
December 14, 2018 - 10:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job. "Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration," Trump tweeted...
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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, a driver uses a cellphone while driving in Los Angeles. California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The Mercury News said Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, the proposal is scheduled for a vote next month. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
December 12, 2018 - 3:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state...
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FILE- This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form for 2018 in New York. The Child Tax Credit changed considerably in 2018. The standard deduction nearly doubled for 2018, leaving many taxpayers wondering whether it's financially worth it to itemize on their tax returns anymore. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:15 am
Around this time of year, many taxpayers begin the annual ritual of pondering The Big Question: Do I take the standard deduction or spend time hunting for receipts and filling out extra forms to itemize? The decision largely boils down to whether itemizing will reduce your taxable income more than...
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Former President George W. Bush becomes emotional as he speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
December 05, 2018 - 8:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on...
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks to reporters after returning to Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 28, 2018 - 7:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a partial government shutdown possible on Dec. 7, President Donald Trump has met with Republican leaders to hash out a spending plan that includes money for Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. Trump is seeking $5 billion for the wall, which he made a centerpiece of his...
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