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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump tamped down expectations that he is close to declaring a national emergency to get the money he desires to build his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as a three-week impasse closing parts of the government continued on Friday.

Supporters gather outside U.S. District Court in New Bern Tuesdayin the terrorist trial of three North Carolina men charged withbeing part of a conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack at the U.S.Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., or targets overseas.

A surferrides a wave Wednesday before the anticipated arrival of HurricaneIrene at a beach on the Outer Banks of N.C. Mandatory evacuationsfor residents and visitors are across the Outer Banks. 

In animage provided by NOAA and made by the GOES East satellite,Hurricane Irene is shown as it move over the Bahamas Thursday.Irene could hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoonwith winds around 115 mph, and it's predicted to go up the EastCoast, dumping rain from Virginia to …

Transportation Security Administration employee Scott Dole, left, and security training instructor John Bumgardner, demonstrate the new imaging technology software being installed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville.

A screen shows the outline of a passenger from a new imaging technology software being installed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considering charging for backcountry camping and hiring more rangers to manage what happens in the deep woods.

A boy holds up at American flag in the crowded amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery as all await the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington,Va. Monday, May 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

U.S. soldiers holds candles to mark the Memorial Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Some U.S. troops in Afghanistan have held a candlelit remembrance for those lost ahead of Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

A large, jubilant crowd reacts to the news of Osama Bin Laden's death at the corner of Church and Vesey Streets, adjacent to ground zero, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 2, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

FILE - In this 1998 file photo, Ayman al-Zawahri, left, holds a press conference with Osama bin Laden in Khost, Afghanistan and made available Friday March 19, 2004. A person familiar with developments said Sunday, May 1, 2011 that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. (AP Photo/Mazha…

Perched on another's shoulders, Ryan Burtchell, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, center, waves an American flag over the crowd as they respond to the news of Osama Bin Laden's death early Monday morning May 2, 2011 by ground zero in New York. President Barack Obama announced Sunday night…