Despite shutdown, troops get football, Lady Liberty to open

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government shutdown amid a congressional dispute over spending and immigration has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors and triggered furloughs for Air Force civilian employees but won't keep Lady Liberty shackled.

  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Afghan forces end Taliban siege at Kabul hotel; 18 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including 14 foreigners. Some of the 150 guests fled the gunbattle and fire sparked by the assault by shimmying down bedsheets from the upper floors.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

'Three Billboards' sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Western-inspired revenge tale "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

  • Written by By LINDSEY BAHR , AP Film Writer

IMF hikes outlook for global growth for 2017 to 3.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund upgrading its outlook for the world economy, noting surprisingly strong growth in Europe and Asia and predicting that U.S. tax cuts will give the American economy a short-term boost.

  • Written by By PAUL WISEMAN , AP Economics Writer