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January 1, 2019

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian rescue crews have pulled two more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building, bringing the death toll to nine. The two discoveries were reported by Russian news agencies hours after a 11-month-old boy was pulled alive from the wreckage Tuesday in the Russian city of Magnitorgorsk. Officials said the boy is in extremely serious condition after spending 35 hours in freezing temperatures. More than 30 people who lived in the building have still not been accounted for.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is mocking House Democrats’ plan to end an 11-day government shutdown without funding Trump’s border wall. Trump tweeted on New Year’s Day that Democrats “have allocated no money for a new Wall. So imaginative!” House Democrats plan to approve the funding bills when the new Congress convenes Thursday.

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity’s most distant exploration of another world. Ten hours after the middle-of-the-night encounter 4 billion miles away, flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft late Tuesday morning.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has ushered in the New Year with an ode to motherhood, reminding the faithful that a mother’s example and embrace is the only antidote to today’s disjointed world of solitude and misery. Francis celebrated Mass Tuesday in St. Peter’s Basilica to formally open 2019.

NEW YORK (AP) — Two major studies last year offered some insight into the role carbs play in making us fat, but unfortunately they don’t settle the question of how best to lose weight in 2019. There are major limitations to what food studies can and can’t tell us. What’s most important, experts say, is to find a diet you can stick to over the long term.

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