How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013, file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. There’s plenty that won’t get done if thousands of federal employees are barred from working until dysfunctional Washington agrees on a plan to restore funding. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they’ll be able to return to work and how long they’ll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.

Desert tortoise faces uncertain future amid Bundy conflict

FILE - In this May 16, 2006, file photo, a Mojave Desert tortoise walks near a deserted section of old U.S. 93, east of the Coyote Springs, Nev., development site, about 55 miles north of Las Vegas. In 1990, federal officials listed the Mojave Desert species as threatened across its range, touching off a series of new regulations and initiatives aimed at saving the long-lived reptile. One of the people caught up in the effort to save the tortoise was a Bunkerville rancher named Cliven Bundy, who didn’t take kindly to being told to limit the number of cows he was grazing on public land in northeastern Clark County. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File_

LAS VEGAS — It all began with the tortoise.

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru’s Amazon

In this Jan. 6, 2018 photo, Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, presides over a burial service for miner Juan Peralta at the Delta 1 cemetery, in Peru's Madre de Dios region. The 70-year-old Spanish priest tends to some of the rainforest's most hapless souls, like Juan Peralta, who was shot dead in a dispute with an indigenous tribe and had no wife or children to mourn him. (AP Photo/Franklin Briceno)

BOCA COLORADO, Peru (AP) — Below an umbrella of trees deep in the Peruvian Amazon, drunken miners carry on their shoulders the casket of a man whose search for gold ended with a bullet in his stomach.

Head of Russian outlet RT says US foreign agent order hurts

In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, Margarita Simonyan, the head of the Russian television channel RT, listens to a question during her interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Simonyan, the head of Russian television channel RT, which U.S. intelligence agencies allege took part in the campaign to influence last year’s presidential election, says that having to register as a foreign agent in the United States is already hurting the Kremlin-funded outlet. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russian television channel RT, which U.S. intelligence agencies allege took part in the campaign to influence last year’s presidential election, says that having to register as a foreign agent in the United States is already hurting the Kremlin-funded outlet.

Forest lands imperiled as aging private owners divide, sell

In this Nov. 8, 2017 photo, Susan Benedict stands at her farm, Beartown Tree Farm in Snow Shoe, Pa. Benedict lives in a small house deep in Beartown with husband Leroy and son Zach, and although she works full-time as an accountant in State College, generating revenue for upkeep and taxes takes up nearly as much time. She has a trusted logger, whom she calls one of the "last, real mountain men," and a 3-D map constantly in motion in her head of what's growing, what's floundering, and what's being eaten by deer. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Many trees in Gary Hague’s Wyoming County forest sprouted before he was born. Others were planted with his own rough hands. A memory seeded in the summer twilight a half-century ago grows there, too.

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

Biologist Rebecca Gillespie holds a vial of flu-fighting antibodies at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Md. Despite 100 years of science, the flu virus too often beats our best defenses because it constantly mutates. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting.

Missile-alert mistake feeds doubts about a real emergency

In this Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 photo provided by Civil Beat, cars drive past a highway sign that says "MISSILE ALERT ERROR THERE IS NO THREAT" on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu. The state emergency officials announced human error as cause for a statewide announcement of an incoming missile strike alert that was sent to mobile phones. (Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat via AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn’t know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home.

Pope seeks to turn tide of Chilean church bruised by scandal

A man waves a Chilean flag as Pope Francis recites the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Pope Francis says while fear of migrants is “legitimate’ it’s a sin if that causes hostility. Francis invited migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, newly arrived immigrants and second-generation immigrant families to a special Mass he celebrated Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis’ visit to Chile was always going to be fraught, but it has taken on an unprecedented degree of opposition with the firebombings of Catholic churches ahead of his Monday arrival and protests by Chileans fed up with priest sex abuse and cover-up.

Evangelical rift intensifies over Trump immigration remarks

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2015, file photo, Pastor Mark Burns, co-founder & CEO of Christian Television Network, from Easley, S.C., right, speaks to the members of the media outside Trump Tower in New York. A few of President Donald Trump’s leading evangelical supporters defended him after he questioned why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries” in Africa. However, many other evangelicals condemned his remarks, citing their increasing devotion to fellow Christians overseas, along with the large numbers of immigrants in U.S. churches and their families. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s vulgar remarks questioning why the U.S. should admit immigrants from Haiti and Africa have spotlighted the bitter divide among American evangelicals about his presidency.

France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

The mixing and editing desk at RT France is pictured in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Russian state broadcaster RT, formerly known as Russia Today, already broadcasts in English, Spanish, and Arabic, and has launched a French-language channel on Dec. 18. French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan for a law against false information around election campaigns is drawing criticism from media advocates, tech experts and others. They say it’s impossible to enforce and smacks of methods used by authoritarians, not democracies. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Can a democratic country outlaw fake news?

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