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December 18, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The run-up to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts. But Flynn likely will walk out of a courtroom Tuesday a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors. Flynn’s lawyers suggest investigators discouraged him from having an attorney present during the interview and never informed him it was a crime to lie, but prosecutors scoff at that argument.

HOTAN, China (AP) — Sportswear made by ethnic minorities detained in internment camps in China is being imported by a U.S. company that supplies American colleges and youth athletic teams. The workers have been locked up by the government as part of an all-encompassing crackdown on extremism that puts Muslim Uighurs and Kazakhs through intense political indoctrination. The AP tracked shipments from one factory to a supplier in North Carolina.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 800,000 government workers are preparing for the uncertainty ahead, as the deepening fight over $5 billion for President Donald Trump’s wall threatens a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday. Trump doesn’t have the votes from the Republican-led Congress to support it. Democrats are offering to continue funding at current levels, $1.3 billion, for fencing and other border security.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal judges in California have challenged parts of the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on illegal immigration. Their decision to no longer accept pleas at initial appearances led to the dismissal of many cases because the government deported defendants before they could return to court. The judges’ stance is another example of how the judiciary, in ways large and small, has put the brakes on some of the administration’s efforts to curb immigration.

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be no $120 million severance package for former CBS CEO Les Moonves. The board of directors concluded that Moonves violated company policy and was uncooperative with an investigation into allegations that he subjected women to mistreatment, including sexual misconduct. Moonves was ousted in September. His lawyer says the board’s conclusion is “without merit.”

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