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November 13, 2018


WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after midterm elections, Congress returns to a changed political landscape with incumbents squaring off ahead of a possible government shutdown and Republicans and Democrats electing new leadership in the House and Senate.

Voters ended eight years of House Republican control and created a new political dynamic that’s challenging President Donald Trump even before the 116th Congress starts in January.

As the lame-duck session gets under way, lawmakers must agree to a funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown from beginning on Dec. 7. Republicans are expected to push for funding for Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico while Democrats are likely to seek protections for the special counsel’s Russia probe.

Dozens of new House lawmakers and a handful of new senators are in town for orientation.


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A white retired firefighter is expected to be sentenced for shooting at a black teenager who came to his suburban Detroit home for directions.

Jeffrey Zeigler is due to be sentenced this morning in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac. A jury convicted him last month of assault and a gun crime.

Fourteen-year-old Brennan Walker told police he missed a school bus on April 12 and knocked on Zeigler’s door in Rochester Hills after getting lost while walking. The teen says he ran after seeing a man inside the house grab a gun.

The 53-year-old Zeigler has said he woke up to his wife’s screams and she believed someone was trying to break into their home.

Home security video showed Zeigler firing a shotgun toward Brennan, who was not struck.


NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Police say two women wielding shards of a broken coffee mug attacked each other at a Florida school bus stop in Florida.

News outlets cite a North Port police release as saying dozens of elementary school students waiting at the stop last week witnessed the fight. It says the mug was broken during an “altercation” between the women, and pieces of it were then used “in a slashing manner.”

Police spokesman Josh Taylor says one of the women suffered cuts to her neck and the other had defensive wounds on her arms. The release says both were hospitalized and the children were offered counseling at their school.

Charges are pending the outcome of an investigation.


UNDATED (AP) — A new report finds that fewer international students are heading to U.S. colleges.

The number of newly arriving foreign students fell by 7 percent in fall 2017, marking the second year of declines after at least 12 years of growth.

The findings come from the Institute of International Education and the State Department.

Officials behind the study primarily blame sharper competition from other countries including Australia and Canada.

But some schools contacted by The Associated Press say the political climate in the U.S. has made students abroad feel unwelcome.

Most of the losses come from Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Mexico, while China and India continued to send large numbers.


SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are denying claims made by the club’s recently fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players.

The Mariners issued a statement yesterday following the social media postings from Lorena Martin in which she claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay had called Latino players “lazy, dumb and stupid, especially the Dominicans.” Martin, whose title with the team was director of high performance, posted her message on Instagram and Twitter.

The Mariners said Martin, who was hired with much fanfare last year, was relieved of her duties on Oct. 10.

“While it is our policy to not comment on personnel issues, we do feel it is important to respond to the outrageous, false claims made by her today on social media. And to note that Martin did not make any of these false allegations until after she was relieved of her duties,” the Mariners statement read.

“The Mariners categorically deny that any member of our management or coaching staff made racist remarks regarding any of our players or staff. Additionally, we have not terminated (or threatened to terminate) any trainers during the offseason,” the statement continued.

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