WASHINGTON - The federal government shut down for the first time in more than four years Friday after senators rejected a temporary spending patch and bipartisan efforts to find an alternative fell short as a midnight deadline came and went. Republican and Democratic leaders both said they would continue to talk, raising the possibility of a solution over the weekend. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the conflict has a "really good chance" of being resolved before government offices open Monday, suggesting that a shutdown's impacts could be limited.
In a major change announced Friday to the Newsfeed used by 2 billion people every month, Facebook will now ask users to rank the news organizations they trust. The move comes after Facebook endured a year of harsh criticism for allowing fake news and misinformation to spread on its social network. In reflecting on those challenges, company executives said they no longer want to be an arbitrator of the content people see.
Apple said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users. The Cupertino, California-based company said recent software updates for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box mitigate one of the vulnerabilities known as Meltdown. The Apple Watch, which runs a derivative of the iPhone's operating system is not affected, according to the company.
Old habits die hard, and that's particularly true of bad habits. New Year's resolutions, derided though they often are, present a big opportunity for self-improvement, according to research on human behavior. On New Year's, we look back on past failures to change and feel an uncommon surge of optimism. We rationalize that it was "the old me" who failed to change, but this year will be different. A full 40 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions, and fortunately for them, social science has some insights into how to break a bad habit - or start a good one.
President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.
Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget.
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow Internet providers to speed up service for some apps and websites - and block or slow down others - in a decision repealing landmark, Obama-era regulations for broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
ATLANTA - It's time to stop trying to figure it out and wondering when it will end. It's time to accept that Case Keenum is, legitimately, a standout NFL quarterback - at least for the duration of a 2017 season starved for feel-good stories on the field to distract from the turbulence occurring off it. Likewise, it now must be taken as a given that the Minnesota Vikings are here to stay, cemented as a top NFC contender with a chance to become the first NFL team ever to play a Super Bowl in the comfortable confines of its own stadium.
Native American groups have long objected to President Donald Trump's use of the nickname "Pocahontas" to deride one of his political foes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. But even at a White House event specifically intended to honor the World War II Navajo "code talkers" - the heroic Native Americans who helped the U.S. Marines send coded messages in the Pacific Theater -- Trump couldn't resist.
No team ever has played a Super Bowl in its own stadium. The Minnesota Vikings were an unlikely candidate to end that streak when Sam Bradford joined Teddy Bridgewater on their list of injured players. That left them turning to quarterback Case Keenum to try to save their season.