Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

 Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.



Catholic bishops’ meeting nears end, no vote on abuse plan

 Robert Hoatson

BALTIMORE— U.S. Catholic bishops made clear their frustrations Wednesday as a national assembly focused on clergy sex-abuse neared its conclusion without strong new steps to combat the multifaceted crisis.


Chris Stapleton wins big at CMAs, Keith Urban nabs top prize

 Keith Urban

Chris Stapleton won the most awards at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards and had the show’s best performance, almost capping a perfect night.


List of winners at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards

 Chris Stapleton

NASHVILLE, Tennessee— Complete list of winners from the 2018 Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.



Chinese premier says reforms, not stimulus, vital for growth



SINGAPORE— Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the country needs reforms to support business to help drive growth as it weathers a trade war with the U.S., rather than more economic stimulus.
Li said Tuesday in Singapore that China can energize its slowing economy by adjusting policies, such as streamlining bureaucratic procedures like business registrations, taxes and fees.