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Heard danika mckellar who played Winnie Cooper on. The wonder years is forty four today. And the news is next. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm deal Willman. It's day. Thirteen of the partial government shutdown. Lawmakers remain at odds over how to end the impasse. Even after key members of congress met with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday leaders from both parties went to the White House for a briefing on border security afterward. The only thing they seem to agree on was. There was no progress made on ending the shutdown. Democrats are moving ahead with the vote in the house on legislation that would fund the government, but the White House opposes the plan. That's NPR's Asia. Roscoe the latest meanwhile are expected to meet again on Friday for further discussions, the US ambassador to Russia has visited Paul Whalen. He's the American who's been detained in Moscow since last Friday Wieland is accused of espionage NPR's. Michelle Kellerman reports according to the State Department embassador Jon Huntsman went to the porta detention facility to offer assistance to Paul Whalen, the ambassador then spoke by phone. With Williams family secretary of state, Mike Pompeo says he's trying to learn more about the charges. Then if the detention is not appropriate. We will demand is immediate return. Paul williams. Brothers says he was in Moscow for a wedding and denies. He's a spy will and served in Iraq with the marines receiving a bad conduct discharge in two thousand eight he currently oversees security at an auto parts company in Michigan. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news. The State Department South Korea's spy agency is told lawmakers there that North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy has gone into hiding with his wife. The announcement followed unconfirmed reports that the diplomat had sought asylum from an unidentified western country. The last senior diplomat for North Korea to defect was the deputy ambassador in London in two thousand sixteen the Senate has confirmed President Trump's nominee to head the US census bureau. NPR's Hansie lo-long reports that Stephen Billingham is set to take over the agency with a little more than a year. Before the twenty twenty cents begins. Stephen dealing has nomination was approved by unanimous voice vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The census bureau has not had a permanent director for more than a year. Now Dilling and is expected to lead the agency through the end of twenty twenty one oversee the final preparations for the twenty twenty cents is expected to be the first US headcount to be conducted online, which brings cybersecurity risks. Don't have will also inherit seven lawsuits reconstitutional new citizenship. Question added by the Trump administration during his confirmation hearing Billingham said he would not voice an opinion on the issue. And that he's looking to the courts to decide whether the census bureau moves forward with the question on ceelo along. NPR news New York on Wednesday apple cut its quarterly forecast. Chief executive Tim cook says slowing iphone sales in China are to blame for the drop. It's a rare move for the company and shares of apple stock tumbled in after hours trading. The revenue drop is one indication of how the economic slowdown in China may be more severe than analysts had thoughts. You're listening to NPR. Our news. A new state report shows that medical marijuana use steadily rising in Florida, even though the state has been slow to roll out its legalization effort voters there approved a constitutional amendment more than two years ago, avocado with Don with member station. W J C T in Jacksonville reports in the first nine months of two thousand eighteen one hundred and thirty six thousand Florida patients received marijuana should difficult from their doctors northeast, Florida. Republican state Senator rob Bradley, a chief architect of the state's medical pot laws says the current administration has been slow to allow doctors to prescribe pot. And fortunately, we have a law in place that that provides for more licenses to be issued as more patients come online. We just need the executive branch to issue. Those licenses Florida also limits the number of grower distributors that allows to operate which has led to legal challenges from rejected nurseries. It's one of thirty three states that have legalized some form of medical marijuana for. NPR news, I'm of acquired Don in Jacksonville police in Denmark, say two more bodies have been found in the wreckage from Wednesday's train crash that raises the death toll to eight and Denmark's deadliest railway accident in thirty years. More than a dozen other people were injured authorities are investigating whether falling cargo from another train heading in the opposite direction caused the high speed passenger train to crash in a major milestone for its space program. China has landed a space probe on the far side of the moon. The John g four lunar probe made a soft landing and then transmitted close range image from the surface. I'm Dale Willman. NPR news in Washington. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include k bucks bound in support of the David Gilkey and Zaba ulitimatum memorial fund established to strengthen NPR's commitment to training and protecting journalists in high risk environments and the Annie E Casey foundation. Ahead on morning edition NPR's. Rachel Martin is going to speak with incoming house majority leader, Steny Hoyer about the prospects for ending the partial government shutdown this as the Democrats take control.

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