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CHICAGO (AP) – Laquan McDonald’s great-uncle says that although it’s a partial victory that the former Chicago police officer who killed his relative received any prison time, it’s still a sad day for the country and its justice system. The Rev. Marvin Hunter said Friday after Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison that the case sends a “strong message” to other police officers that they can and will go to jail if they’re caught lying or breaking the law.

WASHINGTON (AP) – BuzzFeed says it stands by its reporting but is “working to determine what exactly” special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is disputing about its story on President Donald Trump and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen. Mueller spokesman Peter Carr issued a rare statement Friday characterizing as “not accurate” a BuzzFeed News story saying Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress about a real estate project in Moscow. BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief called on Mueller “to make clear what he’s disputing.”

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he will make a major announcement on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon from the White House. Trump and Democrats in Congress remain far apart over Trump’s insistence on funding for a wall along the Mexican border as the price of reopening the government. Trump says the announcement will take place at 3 p.m. He says the announcement involves “the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border.”

WASHINGTON (AP) – According to partially unsealed court documents, a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television who has been jailed in the U.S. has not been accused of any crime. Marzieh Hashemi has been detained as a material witness, though it’s unclear for which case. She has appeared twice before a U.S. District Court judge, according to an order Friday to partially unseal information about her case. She was detained by federal agents on Sunday in St. Louis and transported to Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation and that President Donald Trump has sought to end seems likely to survive for at least another year. That’s because the Supreme Court has so far taken no action on the Trump administration’s request to decide by early summer whether Trump’s bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was legal.

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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.