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Voting Bill Collapses, Democrats Unable to Change Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The... Read More

US Jobless Claims Rise to 286,000, Highest Since October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as the fast-spreading omicron variant continued to disrupt the job market. Jobless claims rose for the third straight week — by... Read More

2022-01-19 20:19:49
by Tom Ramstack
The Pandemic’s Natural Disaster Makes Congress Seek a Better Fix

WASHINGTON — As public health officials warned this week the U.S. COVID-19 death toll could reach 1 million by this... Read More

WASHINGTON — As public health officials warned this week the U.S. COVID-19 death toll could reach 1 million by this spring, a congressional panel on Wednesday considered what it would take to ensure it never happens again. Rep. Joseph Morelle,... Read More

2022-01-19 20:07:53
by Dan McCue
Sotomayor, Gorsuch Dispute NPR Report of Mask Rift

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch took the unusual step Wednesday of releasing a joint public... Read More

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch took the unusual step Wednesday of releasing a joint public statement to refute a news report that stated a COVID-related rift has erupted between them. In recent days, Sotomayor, who... Read More

2022-01-19 18:52:57
by Reece Nations
Arkansas Inmates Sue Jail for Treating COVID With Ivermectin Without Consent

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four inmates at... Read More

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four inmates at an Arkansas jail who were unknowingly administered ivermectin to treat their cases of COVID-19. The plaintiffs in the case allege... Read More

2022-01-19 18:37:19
by Dan McCue
New York Governor Seeks to Bolster Entertainment Industry

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first budget proposal as chief executive includes key tax credit extensions aimed... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first budget proposal as chief executive includes key tax credit extensions aimed at bolstering the state’s entertainment industry and revitalizing an economy still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. Hochul’s proposed budget would... Read More

2022-01-19 16:54:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
CMS Vaccine Mandate Passes With Some Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care workers who serve Medicaid and Medicare recipients. The mandate says, get vaccinated or lose funding from the U.S. Centers for... Read More

2022-01-19 16:49:24
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Blockchain is Transforming Health Care

WASHINGTON — A digital ledger of transactions known as blockchain, that can protect an individual’s identity and information, is evolving... Read More

WASHINGTON — A digital ledger of transactions known as blockchain, that can protect an individual’s identity and information, is evolving in the health care space into decentralized patient-centric platforms.  “Think of blockchain as an underlying technology that supports everything. It’s... Read More

2022-01-19 16:47:35
by Alexa Hornbeck
Return to Work Associated With Improved Mental Health in Cancer Survivors

WASHINGTON — Kelli Ahnen, a 63-year-old former nursery manager and cancer survivor, found returning to work after a battle with... Read More

WASHINGTON — Kelli Ahnen, a 63-year-old former nursery manager and cancer survivor, found returning to work after a battle with breast cancer improved the quality of her mental health.  “I went back to work and it helped. It took my... Read More

Biden to Highlight Progress, Ask for Patience Over Setbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks... Read More

Major Airlines Cancel, Change Flights to US Over 5G Dispute

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they're... Read More

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they're using Wednesday, the latest complication in a dispute over concerns that 5G mobile phone service could interfere with aircraft technology.... Read More

2022-01-18 23:08:20
by Dan McCue
Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Giuliani, Other Trump Attorneys

WASHINGTON — The Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol issued subpoenas Tuesday evening... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol issued subpoenas Tuesday evening to Rudolph Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Boris Epshteyn. In a tweet, the committee said simply, “The four individuals... Read More

2022-01-18 22:56:30
by Dan McCue
Langevin Sees Future in Retirement Rather Than Reelection

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., won’t be seeking reelection to Congress in the fall, bringing the curtain down on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., won’t be seeking reelection to Congress in the fall, bringing the curtain down on an 11-term congressional career. “Nearly 40 years ago, a tragic accident left me paralyzed. My dreams of becoming a police... Read More

2022-01-18 22:19:20
by Dan McCue
McNerney to Bid House Adieu After 2022

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., the Northern California Democrat who jumped from energy to public service, announced Tuesday he’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., the Northern California Democrat who jumped from energy to public service, announced Tuesday he’s retiring at the conclusion of his third term. McNerney joined 26 other Democrats who have announced they plan to leave... Read More

2022-01-18 21:59:59
by Dan McCue
AT&T, Verizon to Delay 5G Rollout Near Airports

WASHINGTON — AT&T and Verizon on Tuesday agreed to delay their rollout of new 5G services near some unspecified airports... Read More

WASHINGTON — AT&T and Verizon on Tuesday agreed to delay their rollout of new 5G services near some unspecified airports over ongoing concerns that moving those services to a new band could cause flight disruptions. Debate has been raging for... Read More

2022-01-18 21:53:07
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Warns of More Threats Against Religious Groups

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to faith-based organizations Monday warning them they remain... Read More

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to faith-based organizations Monday warning them they remain potential targets of violent extremists. The letter followed an extremist’s attack this weekend on a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. The... Read More

2022-01-18 21:49:59
by Dan McCue
‘Eye of Nation Watching’ as Voting Rights Bill Appears Headed for Defeat

WASHINGTON — With the defeat of sweeping voting rights legislation all but certain in the Senate this week, Majority Leader... Read More

WASHINGTON — With the defeat of sweeping voting rights legislation all but certain in the Senate this week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed a different goal as he opened the chamber’s session on Tuesday, forcing all senators to go on... Read More

2022-01-18 20:30:44
by Dan McCue
Solicitor General Calls Out Cruz in Supreme Court Case

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by the Supreme Court as the campaign committee’s alleged injuries were self-inflicted, the U.S. solicitor general claimed in a court filing... Read More

2022-01-18 17:10:12
by Tom Ramstack
Baltimore Prosecutor Maintains Innocence of Financial Crimes

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s top prosecutor is maintaining her innocence after being indicted last week on financial crime charges. A federal... Read More

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s top prosecutor is maintaining her innocence after being indicted last week on financial crime charges. A federal indictment accuses Marilyn Mosby of perjury and making false statements on loan applications. Prosecutors say Mosby took advantage of the... Read More

2022-01-18 16:49:18
by Reece Nations
Texas AG Ken Paxton Violated Open Records Law, DA Says

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Attorney’s Office issued a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Attorney’s Office issued a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that he had broken the state's open records law by failing to turn over communications related to the Jan. 6, 2021,... Read More

Satellite Photos Show Aftermath of Abu Dhabi Oil Site Attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday appear to show the aftermath... Read More

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday appear to show the aftermath of a fatal attack on an oil facility in the capital of the United Arab Emirates claimed by Yemen's Houthi... Read More

Race to Cut Carbon Emissions Splits U.S. States on Nuclear

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels,... Read More

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep... Read More

Sinema, Manchin Slammed as Senate Begins Voting Bill Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing stark criticism from civil rights leaders, senators return to Capitol Hill under intense pressure to change... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing stark criticism from civil rights leaders, senators return to Capitol Hill under intense pressure to change their rules and break a Republican filibuster that has hopelessly stalled voting legislation. The Senate is set to launch debate Tuesday... Read More

Shkreli Ordered to Return $64M, is Barred from Drug Industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli must return $64.6 million in profits he and his former company reaped from jacking... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli must return $64.6 million in profits he and his former company reaped from jacking up the price and monopolizing the market for a lifesaving drug, a federal judge ruled Friday while also barring the... Read More

White House: Russia Prepping Pretext for Ukraine Invasion

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct "a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine, according to... Read More

Second Gentleman Emhoff Acts as Public Link to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America's first second gentleman, Doug Emhoff has attended a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, dished... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America's first second gentleman, Doug Emhoff has attended a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, dished up spaghetti and chocolate milk to kids at a YMCA near New Orleans and reminisced with second graders in Detroit... Read More

Governors Turn to Budgets to Guard Against Climate Change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty... Read More

Volcano Erupts in Pacific, West Coast Under Tsunami Advisory

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion Saturday near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending... Read More

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion Saturday near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending large tsunami waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. A tsunami advisory was in effect for... Read More

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more... Read More

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her... Read More

2022-01-14 22:31:24
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Bills Seek to Enforce Bans on Stock Trades by Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Two bills introduced in the Senate this week would broaden the ban on members of Congress buying and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two bills introduced in the Senate this week would broaden the ban on members of Congress buying and selling stocks while they hold public office. The bills from Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley follow... Read More

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