WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. The slide toward closure lacked for high drama: TheSenate
SAN DIEGO — Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego,
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons are finally getting taught in space. Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station. As NASA’s first designated teacher in space, McAuliffe was going to experiment with fluids and demonstrate Newton’s laws of motion for schoolchildren. She never made it to orbit: She and six
GREEN BAY — A fired Lambeau Field food service employee will stand trial on accusations he chased down a former co-worker and another man with his car and rammed their vehicle and others. Chay Vang is facing seven charges, including recklessly endangering safety. A criminal complaint says Vang was upset that he was fired after a previous argument with the co-worker. He went to the stadium Dec. 22 and spotted the co-worker and another employee getting out of a vehicle in the parking lot.
WASHINGTON — In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has frequently bent Washington to his will, shattering long-standing norms, plunging politics to a new level of corrosiveness and wielding his executive power to start rolling back his predecessor’s policies on the environment, education and America’s role around the world. But at times, Trump’s Washington can also look strikingly similar to the era before presidential directives were delivered by tweet.
DETROIT — For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they’re advised to not make the same kind of promises to just anyone. Cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Tenn.; and Gary, Ind., failed to make Amazon’s first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the $5 billion project that could employ up to 50,000 people. Looking on
MADISON — A northern Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy was justified when he shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a tribal reservation last year, a prosecutor said Friday. Ashland County District Attorney Michael Nieskes cleared Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich of any criminal liability in eighth-grader Jason Pero’s death. He wrote a letter to the deputy, the state Department of Justice and Sheriff Michael Brenann saying the actions were appropriate. Mrdjenovich shot Pero twice outside the
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings starters WR Adam Thielen (lower back) and S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Thielen, the Vikings’ top receiver, was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday after not practicing Wednesday. Sendejo is still in concussion protocol after being hurt in last Sunday’s playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints, but he was a
MADISON — He scores, he rebounds, he leads the press break at 6 feet, 10 inches tall. Not an everyday combination for a post player, but Ethan Happ doesn’t want you to forget he played point guard early in his high school career before he shot up. It all added up Friday to 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Happ as Wisconsin broke out of an offensive slump to beat Illinois 75-50. “The biggest thing was we played as a unit tonight,” Happ said. “There
Friday's Scores BOYS HOCKEY Baldwin-Woodville 3, Dodge County, Minn. 2 De Pere/West De Pere 5, Ashwaubenon 3 Eau Claire Memorial 3, Antigo 0 Fond du Lac Springs 11, Pacelli 0 Fox Cities 6, Appleton United 2 Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc 5, West Bend 2 Madison West 7, Oregon 2 McFarland 7, Monroe 3 Monona Grove 7, Milton 6 Neenah/Hortonville 5, New Richmond 1 Northland Pines 9, Waupaca 1 Regis/Altoona/McDonell 3, Black River Falls 2 University School of Milwaukee 9,