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United Teachers Los Angeles' more than 30,0000 members have been working without a contract for over a year. If the union fails to make a deal with the LA Unified School District, the city could see its first teachers' strike in nearly 30 years.
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Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared the day her parents were found dead. Now, she's been found alive and the man who allegedly abducted her and killed her parents is in jail after Jayme helped law enforcement arrest him.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no remaining signs of cancer and requires no additional treatment after last month's surgery, but will miss the court's oral arguments next week to rest.
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A pop-up food pantry for men and women of the Coast Guard –– the only branch of the armed services working without pay –– served nearly 400 families in the first two days it was open.
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Mexico was going to pay for the wall. Now President Trump claims he never said that. With his signature campaign promise now at the center of a government shutdown, here's a look at how Trump has contradicted himself about the wall.
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The president says Democrats in Congress “should come back and vote” and that “we want Congress to do its job.”

"What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency," he added.

JUST IN: In a border security roundtable President Trump is hosting at the White House right now, Trump said that while he has the right to declare a national emergency in order to build the southern border wall, he is not going to do it “so fast.”

Three-quarters of Americans say the government shutdown, now tied for the longest in U.S. history, is "embarrassing for the country," a new NPR/Ipsos poll finds.
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RT @StoryCorps: Maria Rivas may be forced to leave the country without her American-born children. Hear her talk with her fifteen-year-old…

As the U.S. is negotiating with Turkey about guaranteeing protections for U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters, the Pentagon says U.S. military personnel in Syria are moving ahead with President Trump's order to pull out of the war-torn country.
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"I think people look at Christians doing art as a homogeneous group, and it's not. It's diverse," explains Christian rapper Derek Minor. "I don't ever sit down to write a song and be like, 'Alright, I'm going to preach a sermon on this,'" nobigdyl says.
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Having just one black teacher not only lowers black students' high school dropout rates and increases their desire to go to college –– it can also make them more likely to enroll in college, a new study finds.
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded not guilty to charges of capital murder. Juan David Ortiz is accused of fatally shooting four women who were sex workers because he thought it was his duty to clean up the streets.
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The roots of the broad case laid out against R. Kelly in "Surviving R. Kelly," filled as it is with claims of abuse and statutory rape, date back about a quarter-century at least.

Here's a timeline of some of those allegations:
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To be clear, according to our sources, the disaster-related funds under consideration will not be money intended for disaster relief/response for states recently devastated by fire and hurricanes.

This would occur should the president declare a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act of 1976.

JUST IN: The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to see which projects they could cancel or delay in order to divert money to construction of a border wall/barrier, Congressional and Pentagon sources tell NPR.

Signs read "We Want to Work" and "Congress Do Your Job So We Can Do Ours" at a D.C. rally Thurs., as federal workers and industry leaders across the U.S. this week begin to organize to demand an end to the partial government shutdown.
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Listen to J. Mascis, co-founder of the band Dinosaur Jr., on @WorldCafe. You'll hear two songs from his new album but first –– a performance of "Little Fury Things" from 1987's "You're Living All Over Me."

Hope you brought your volume knob.
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