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Trump vows to build Mexico border wall as deal reached to avoid US government shutdown

Trump vows to build Mexico border wall as deal reached to avoid US government shutdownRepublican and Democrat negotiators reached a finance deal late on Monday to prevent another shutdown of the US government – even as Donald Trump threatened their progress by insisting he would “build the wall anyway”. The construction will follow existing designs, likely with metal slats, and would be considerably less of an undertaking than the 215 miles of concrete wall for which the White House demanded $ 5.7bn (£4bn) in December. More than 800,000 federal employees went unpaid over a period of 35 days, postponing the State of the Union address and hurting Mr Trump’s poll numbers.



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'Preliminary agreement' reached to avert shutdown

'Preliminary agreement' reached to avert shutdown“We’ve reopened negotiations so we’re not stalled. Yesterday we were stalled,” Sen. Richard Shelby told reporters. “We’ve reopened serious negotiations.”



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Settlement reached in tight Arizona Senate vote count

Settlement reached in tight Arizona Senate vote countPHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans who had alleged the state's two biggest counties were illegally counting some ballots changed course Friday and agreed to settle their lawsuit if rural voters also get an extra chance to fix problems with ballots cast in the state's tight U.S. Senate race.



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German minister says refugee deal reached with Italy

German minister says refugee deal reached with ItalyInterior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday that Germany had reached a deal with Italy to return migrants who have already applied for asylum there and added he expected it to be signed soon. “I have just heard that the deal with Italy has also been agreed,” Seehofer told the Bundestag lower house of parliament. The deals are part of a compromise between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Seehofer’s Bavarian Christian Social Union that appears to resolve a dispute over returning migrants that nearly split them and brought down the government.



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Wildfire smoke from California has reached New York City, 3,000 miles away

Wildfire smoke from California has reached New York City, 3,000 miles awayAnthony Wexler, the director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis, packed his bags and drove his family out to the coast.  They're escaping the smoke. Davis, California, sits amid a layer of wildfire smoke in Northern California. To the northwest, the largest fire in state history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, continues to burn. To the southeast, the Ferguson Fire has closed down smoke-choked Yosemite National Park indefinitely. And to the North, the Carr Fire, infamous for its towering fire tornado, still burns.  SEE ALSO: California just had its hottest month on record, and that means more wildfires The air quality in the region around the fires — whose spread has been enhanced by extreme heat parching the land — is some of the worst in the world.  "I decided to go out to the coast for a couple days because it was so ridiculous," Wexler said.  On Wednesday, the National Weather Service illustrated how winds have lifted bounties of smoke across the entire U.S., bringing pollution even beyond the East Coast.  Smoke from the western fires is making it all the way to the East Coast and beyond (at least aloft—mostly above a mile above the surface). Here's the vertically integrated smoke (HRRR model from last night). Another map showed some smoke near the surface even in New England. pic.twitter.com/0Jl6WDAFjg — NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 8, 2018 That said, it's not as if these smoke particles are harmful to those on the East Coast. By the time that smoke arrives in Boston and New York, the particles have been diluted with fresh air, and certainly can't be seen, nor are concentrations unhealthy. It's normal for pollution to waft from west to east across the country, just like pollution from China is regularly transported over the Pacific Ocean into the U.S. That's how air generally moves over the Northern Hemisphere, said Wexler. But it's much rarer for even low concentrations of smoke to find their way across the nation. "It doesn’t happen every day," Gabriele Pfister, deputy director of the National Center of Atmospheric Research’s atmospheric chemistry lab, said in an interview. "But, it can happen."  "Normally, the pollution isn’t so great that it’s noticeable when it gets east," added Wexler. This isn't stratus this morning looking west from the @LickObservatory, it's smoke. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/dcAMDwShCG — NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 7, 2018 But just how bad is the air pollution in large regions of the West? "It's been like a reasonably decent day in Beijing," said Wexler. "That's really telling. It’s really awful there." "It’s unbelievable," said Pfister.  She noted that planes flying over the area, as part of a National Science Foundation-funded wildfire study, have picked up some alarming pollution numbers.  It's expected that particulate matter — tiny fragments of pollution 30 times thinner than a human hair — would be bad. But the flights even picked up abnormally high concentrations of carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can be dangerous to human health in enclosed spaces, and at worse, lethal. However, some of the measured values around the fires are about 5 parts per million, or ppm, which are not considered nearly dangerous — but it's still telling.  The amount of smoke over the West tonight is nothing short of astounding. pic.twitter.com/Mya0rZauMl — Dan Satterfield (@wildweatherdan) August 8, 2018 "These are values you don’t typically find near the surface in the U.S.," said Pfister. "Maybe you’ll find that if you stick your head into the exhaust of a car." It's not carbon monoxide, however, that people in burning regions need to be concerned about. One of the main factors that's figured into air quality ratings is particulate matter.  Both U.S. government and university researchers have repeatedly shown that breathing this stuff is bad for your heart, as it accelerates plaque build-up in blood vessels.   In some areas of Oregon, the Air Quality Index currently registers as "Hazardous." In Redding, California, where a fire tornado spun for 80 minutes last week, the air quality is rated as "Unhealthy." But out near the windswept coast, like in San Francisco, the air quality is "Good." Here is what the #smoke looked like over the Central Valley and affecting #AirQuality today. Deep smoke up to 10,000 feet AGL with multiple layers of smoke caused by transport of different #wildfire plumes. Thanks to @MBrewerWX @weather_jack #MendocinoComplexFire #CarrFire pic.twitter.com/aOlNqLLJNV — SJSU FireWeatherLab (@FireWeatherLab) August 9, 2018 It's likely that the West will be intermittently blanketed in unhealthy to hazardous air for months ahead, as the fire season is not nearly over.  Rains aren't expected for months, and more temperature and fire records might be broken. Many Westerners aren't near the fires themselves. But it's harder to outrun the smoke. "In my experience, it's never been this bad," said Wexler.  WATCH: A tick is spreading and making people allergic to beef



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Colbert Has A Big Problem With How The Supreme Court Reached Its Travel Ban Decision

Colbert Has A Big Problem With How The Supreme Court Reached Its Travel Ban DecisionStephen Colbert hammered the Supreme Court for ruling Tuesday to uphold



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Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Has Reached the Pacific Ocean and It's Creating a New Danger

Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Has Reached the Pacific Ocean and It's Creating a New DangerThe mix of lava and seawater has created steam laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can cause breathing problems



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STDs Reached a Record High in California Last Year, According to State Health Authorities

STDs Reached a Record High in California Last Year, According to State Health AuthoritiesHealth professionals blame budget shortfall and other factors for the spike



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Latest: Settlement reached in shooting of homeless black man

Latest: Settlement reached in shooting of homeless black manLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a civil trial over the fatal shooting of a homeless man in Los Angeles (all times local):



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Latest: Settlement reached in shooting of homeless black man

Latest: Settlement reached in shooting of homeless black manLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a civil trial over the fatal shooting of a homeless man in Los Angeles (all times local):



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