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Police: Murder suspect may be tied to old slaying

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Authorities in Florida say a woman arrested for killing and dismembering her ex-boyfriend may be linked to another, 10-year-old case.


Around the world — and near Trump's home — women march in show of political force

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In Palm Beach, Florida, home to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs as they prepared to march as part of Saturday's planned protests.
Across the globe, people hit the streets on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration, marching against...


Trump to mark anniversary with Mar-a-Lago bash as thousands get set to protest

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On Friday, Trump was to become the first sitting president to address the March for Life. Donald Trump will host a lavish celebration of his first year as US president at his private estate in Florida on Saturday, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair, even as thousands of women take to the streets to protest against his divisive leadership. Trump had been due to depart Washington on Friday but postponed the trip for a day as the government stood on the brink of its first shutdown since 2013.


Weirdest news stories from Florida

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Some of the wacky things that have happened recently in the Sunshine State

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Preview: Florida tries to knock off No. 18 Kentucky in primetime SEC showdown

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The Gators (13-5, 5-1) will be looking to hold onto a tie for first place in the Southeastern Conference.

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Preview: Panthers finish off back-to-back with showdown against Predators

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The Florida Panthers begin a quick two-game road trip when they take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

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WATCH: Manatees huddle for warmth in frigid Florida waters

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Aerial footage shows manatees appearing to huddle for warmth as a blast of winter weather drives temperatures to near-freezing in parts of Florida.


Donald Trump cancels Florida trip as looming government shutdown triggers blame game

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Donald Trump has cancelled his trip to Florida in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.  The president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday afternoon but will now stay in Washington as the hours tick down to a government funding deadline.  If Democrats do not vote through a month-long extension by the end of the day then much of federal government will grind to a halt.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault for the stand-off. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, used a speech to accuse Democrats of being unpatriotic by refusing to vote for a funding extension.  An American flag flies outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC Credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg “The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." He claimed Democrats would effectively “shove aside veterans, military families and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage” if they voted against a funding extension.  The White House called an unexpected press conference on Friday morning that saw two senior administration figures take the fight to the Democrats.  Marco Short, the White House director for legislative affairs, accused the Democrats of hypocrisy given the fury they expressed when Republicans forced a government shutdown in 2013.  Mick Mulvaney, director of the office of management and budget, said the Democrats were “opposing a bill that they don’t oppose” in an attempt to win further concessions.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate Credit: AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley A government shutdown, which comes when Congress fails to agree spending for departments, sees all but essential government services close.  It last happened under Barack Obama five years ago and lasted 16 days.  A stand-off over immigration is at the heart of the current row. Democrats want Mr Trump to extend protections for the so-called “dreamer” migrants who came to America illegally as children.  Republicans want money for a Mexican border wall, the end of the diversity ‘lottery’ visa scheme and moves to curb chain migration, when a migrant’s family members follow after a move.  A measure to push the midnight Friday deadline back 30 days was passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday but has not yet been voted on in the Senate.  Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives. Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate - but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2018 Sixty votes are needed to pass budget measures in the Senate. The Republicans have only 51 seats – meaning they need Democrat support.  The Republicans are attempting to strong-arm Democrats into backing the funding extension by warning that failing to do so will cause upheaval and hit military spending.  They have also included a six-year extension to the Children's Health Insurance Program [CHIP] used by nine million youngsters, which Democrats have been demanding.  However some Democrats are reluctant to sign off a deal because Mr Trump has failed to agree to protect“dreamer” migrants. They see their votes on funding as a key political capital that should not be traded away for too low a price.  Nobody wants to shut down the govt, not Dems, not the GOP. The only one who has ever rooted for a shutdown is @realDonaldTrump who said our country could use “a good shutdown” – only he could come up with that. But no shutdown can be good for the American people.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 19, 2018 Some analysts have also noted that for Democratic presidential hopefuls there could be political interest in holding out in order to appeal to their support base, which is firmly anti-Trump. Republicans have dubbed the potential funding cut-off the “Schumer shutdown” after Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate.  Mr Schumer in turn has pointed out that Mr Trump once said that America could use “a good shutdown”.  Some Democrats have dubbed it the "Trump shutdown".  Mike Pence, the vice president, will still travel to the Middle East on Friday night regardless of a government shutdown, his office has said.  Some 48 per cent of voters blame Mr Trump and the Republican Party for the impending shutdown, according to an ABC News/ Washington Post poll. Just 28 per cent blame the Democrats. 

Shutdown looming, Trump plans Mar-a-lago trip

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Rachel Maddow notes that while Senate Republicans struggle to avoid a government shutdown without guidance from the White House, Donald Trump plans to leave Friday afternoon for his Florida resort.


Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

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Countering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday.  Donald Trump’s new national defence strategy named “inter-state strategic competition” as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks.  It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks.  China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order.  The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering rival great powers.  James Mattis,  US Secretary of Defense Credit: EPA/WALLACE WOON James Mattis, the US defence secretary, explained the rationale behind the 11-page national defence strategy in a speech on Friday.  “We will to continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we’re engaged in today, but great-power competition - not terrorism - is now the primary focus of US national security,” he said.  Mr Mattis added: "To those who would threaten America's experiment in democracy: they must know if you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day." The document itself included a similar message: “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.” It called out threats posed by rival nations. “China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea,” it read.  US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir  Credit: APEC-SUMMIT “Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours. “As well, North Korea’s outlaw actions and reckless rhetoric continue despite United Nation’s censure and sanctions. "Iran continues to sow violence and remains the most significant challenge to Middle East stability.” John McCain, the Republican senator of Arizona, welcomed the strategy, saying: “It gets the big decisions right, prioritises the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices.” Mr Mattis also called on Democrats to agree new funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, warning that the military would suffer if they blocked budget proposals.  Appealing to Congress, he said: "No strategy can survive without predictable funding. As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has harmed the US military more than defence spending caps and sequestration." Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Florida on Friday in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.   The US president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort but stayed in Washington as scrambled negotiations played out behind the scenes.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, accused Democrats of being unpatriotic by threatening to block a funding extension.   “The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate, noted that Mr Trump once said that America could use “a good shutdown”.

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