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Trump Calls for Expanding Space Defense...Dem Candidates to Ignore Trump Attacks...Trump, Pelosi Tangle Over State of the Union

LONDON (AP) – France’s prime minister is a holding a special government meeting on how his country will cope with a possible “no-deal” Brexit. The French parliament adopted a law Wednesday allowing emergency measures after March 30 in the event Britain leaves without a deal.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is calling for expanding defense technologies in space to better protect the U.S. A new strategy being unveiled Thursday at the Pentagon says a layer of sensors in space must quickly detect, track and ultimately defeat incoming missiles.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s Republican allies are dismissing as a political ploy House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request that the president postpone his planned State of the Union address. In a letter Wednesday, Pelosi noted that the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are entangled in the ongoing partial government shutdown and suggested Trump should address Congress another time. Neither Trump nor the White House has responded to the suggestion.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Some of the Democrats considering running for president in 2020 say they plan to ignore personal needling from President Donald Trump. Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey tells The Associated Press that he doesn’t want to waste his time on negativity when voters want to hear a positive message. Another potential Trump opponent, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, says it’s a tricky challenge to stand your ground but not allow Trump to define the agenda every day.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The son of an American-born anchor for Iran’s state television broadcaster says his mother would have been willing to cooperate with the FBI and did not need to be jailed as a material witness. Hossein Hashemi tells The Associated Press his mother had not been contacted by the FBI before she was stopped in St. Louis and taken into custody earlier this week. He says no one in his family can fathom why Marzieh Hashemi would be considered a material witness for federal investigators.


No Progress in Shutdown Talks...May Survives No-Confidence Vote...Death Toll Climbs in Kenya Attack

WASHINGTON (AP) – New lawmakers who attended a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House say the conversation was respectful, but none could name progress the talks made toward reopening shuttered government agencies. Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips said Wednesday that the fact that lawmakers of both parties were sitting down and talking with Trump was progress in itself. And New York Democratic Rep. Max Rose said trust was built within members of the group.

LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has survived a no-confidence vote called after May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers. The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306, meaning May can remain in office. Had the government lost, Britain would have faced an election within weeks while preparing to leave the European Union on March 29.

BEIRUT (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that an explosion that killed American service members in Syria may have been an act aimed to deter the United States from withdrawing troops. Erdogan said, however, that U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be determined to pull troops out and that he doesn’t think the U.S. leader would step back from his decision. The blast that occurred during a routine patrol in the northern Syria town of Manbij.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The elder son of an American-born news anchor for Iran’s state television broadcaster says his mother is being held in the United States, but has not been charged with anything. Marzieh Hashemi’s son, Hussein Hashemi, tells The Associated Press that his mother apparently is being held as a material witness, but she’s in prison and has been assigned an inmate number. He also says that he and his brother and sister have been subpoenaed to testify to a grand jury, but he doesn’t know what about.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Police in Kenya say the death toll from an extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi has climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed. The brazen overnight siege was carried out by al-Shabab militants. Two people accused of facilitating the attack were arrested.