Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writers

France's overseas territories kick off key presidential vote

PARIS (AP) — Polling stations opened Saturday in France's far-flung overseas territories — one day earlier than on the mainland — for the country's unpredictable presidential election as the 11 candidates in the race observed a ban on campaigning.

  • Written by THOMAS ADAMSON , Associated Press

Venezuela opposition boss asks Wall Street to cut off Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The leader of Venezuela's rebellious congress has a message for the world's capitalists: Think twice before signing another check to President Nicolas Maduro's government.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of impossibly cute 10-year-old girl.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT , Associated Press

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they've achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting.

  • Written by JOCELYN NOVECK , AP National Writer