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In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump invited congressional leaders to the White House to discuss a border wall, as the partial government shutdown reached its 11th day. A federal workers' union is suing the Trump administration on behalf of 400,000 employees forced to work without pay. Also, people around the world observed the dawn of a new year with a variety of rituals and celebrations.
President Trump has invited congressional leaders to the White House tomorrow to talk about a border wall, as the partial government shutdown entered its 11th day.
Earlier, he mocked a plan from House Democrats to reopen the government. That plan included $1.3 billion for border security, well short of the $5 billion the president demanded for a wall. The president tweeted: "The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new wall. So imaginative."
Still, he told FOX News last night he's ready to negotiate.
President Donald Trump:
I'm here. I'm ready to go. It's very important. A lot of people are looking to get their paycheck. And so I'm ready to go any time they want.
In the meantime, the largest federal employees union is suing the Trump administration for damages on behalf of some 400,000 employees who've been forced to work without pay.
The shutdown is also taking a toll on some national parks that are still open to visitors. Limited staffing has led to overflowing trash and human waste, sparking public health concerns.
Around the world, people welcomed the start of a new year. In the Netherlands, swimmers dove into frigid waters during a polar plunge, while, back in the U.S., hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Pasadena, California, to watch floats in the 130th annual Rose Parade.
The new year also meant a number of new state laws went into effect. In California, the boards of publicly traded companies are now required to include women. Illinois mandated a 72-hour waiting period for all firearms purchases. And Utah lowered its drunk driving limit to 0.05 percent blood alcohol level, now the nation's strictest drunk driving law.
We will take a closer look at some of the new laws later in the program.
And, in Indonesia, a landslide triggered by torrential rains pummeled the country's main island of Java overnight just as villagers were celebrating New Year's Eve. At least 15 people were killed; 20 others are still missing. Rescuers worked to retrieve bodies from beneath tons of mud. The landslide destroyed 30 homes and forced dozens to seek shelter.
Man (through translator):
The main challenge in this evacuation process is the lack of information. We are all afraid about a possibility of another landslide. In the meantime, we are still looking for survivors.
The Indonesian landslide comes just nine days after a tsunami, triggered by a volcanic eruption, killed at least 437 people on the islands of Java and Sumatra.
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