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More than hour of waiting at Atlanta airport checkpoints

ATLANTA (AP) — It was taking more than an hour for passengers to get through domestic checkpoints at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta on Monday, the first business day after security screeners missed paychecks for the first time due to partial government shutdown.

VW to build electric vehicles at Tennessee plant

German automaker Volkswagen said Monday its factory in Tennessee will be the focus of an $800 million investment in the company's manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America.

USA Today publisher targeted for buyout

DENVER (AP) — The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion buyout bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing jobs.

MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, said in a letter to Gannett Co. Monday that its leadership team has failed to show that it can run the company effectively.

Trump rejects short-term government shutdown fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the suggestion that he temporarily reopen government while negotiations continue on his proposed border wall, signaling no speedy resolution to the partial government shutdown now into a fourth week.

Los Angeles teachers go on strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district.

"Students, we are striking for you," teachers union President Alex Caputo-Pearl told a cheering crowd of teachers marching in pouring rain.

Getting Personal: Matthew Kelly

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with 40-year-old MATTHEW KELLY, who co-chairs the Champaign-Urbana Initiative for Labor Diversity. He became a journeyman plumber/pipefitter for UA Local 149 and now is its business manager. He enjoys the occasional cigar.

For drivers, fuel savings now outweigh possible economic downside later

CHAMPAIGN — Until recently, virtually everyone agreed that low gasoline prices are good for the economy as a whole.

But with the U.S. now the top-producing oil country, the effect of lower gas prices is less clear.

How's economy doing? Shutdown makes it harder to say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring.

Trump closer to declaring emergency; 800,000 won't get paid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.

Alabama city built on federal dollars feeling shutdown pinch

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Once known for its cotton trade and watercress farms, Huntsville, Alabama, is now the ultimate government town: About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army's 38,000-acre Redstone Arsenal. More than half of the area's economy is tied to Washington spending.

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