6.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico’s Gulf of California

MEXICO CITY: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck offshore in Mexico’s Gulf of California. There are no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey says the Friday morning quake was centered about 48 miles (78 kilometers) north-northeast of Loreto, in the waters between the states of Baja California Sur and Sinaloa. The USGS reports that it struck at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers). The area is a desert coastline dotted with small towns and fishing villages popular with U.S. tourists who park their recreational vehicles at seaside campsites.

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Shutdown looms; blame game already in full swing

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Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure. That could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they point the finger at Republicans instead.

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Trump supports short-term US government funding bill: White House

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump backs a short-term bill to fund the US government that the House of Representatives will vote on Thursday to avert a government shutdown, the White House said after a presidential tweet cast doubt on his support. “The president supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. Questions about Trump’s support arose earlier on Thursday after he said on Twitter that a children’s healthcare provision in the stopgap legislation should be part of a long-term solution not a…

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