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House Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., center, flanked by Rep. Zoe Lofgre...
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Jan. 6 panel postpones deposition with former DOJ official

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has postponed a deposition with a former Justice Department official Saturday due to a “medical condition that precludes his participation,” according to a panel spokesman. The committee had scheduled the second interview with Jeffrey Clark, who had aligned himself with former President Donald […]
15 hours ago
FILE - The Federal Correctional Institution is shown in Dublin, Calif., July 20, 2006. A federal co...
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3rd worker at federal prison charged with sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal correctional officer at a women’s prison in California was charged Friday with sexually abusing an inmate, just months after the prison’s warden was arrested for similar conduct. The officer, John Russell Bellhouse, is the latest employee of the federal Bureau of Prisons charged with criminal wrongdoing in a prison system […]
16 hours ago
Light from the morning sun illuminates the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. With Democr...
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Time is no ally as Dems strain to finish Biden’s $2T bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social and environment package was a Broadway show, its seven months on Congress’ stage could qualify it as a hit. But lawmaking isn’t show business, and many Democrats worry that with the curtain falling soon on 2021, time is not their friend. Each passing day threatens […]
17 hours ago
A day after Assembly Republicans successfully defied a mandate to show COVID-19 vaccination proof o...
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Signs show NJ statehouse shot, test mandate still in effect

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey statehouse requirement for visitors to show proof of COVID-19 or a negative test is still in effect after Republican lawmakers defied it ahead of a voting session Thursday. That’s according to signage posted around entryways to the statehouse complex Friday as well as outside committee rooms. “All visitors […]
17 hours ago
FILE - Spc. Brady McNeil, a radiologist with the Vermont Army National Guard, draws up a dose of th...
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Thousands of Air Guard, Reserves don’t meet vaccine deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don’t get the mandated shots or receive an exemption, the Air Force said Friday. Air Guard members who report for their monthly drill this […]
17 hours ago
Army Gen. Dan Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, talks with a public health official dur...
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National Guard chief gets COVID-19 after overseas trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the National Guard has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from an overseas trip to visit guard troops in Europe for Thanksgiving. Gen. Dan Hokanson has been working remotely and isolating himself from contact with others all week, Guard spokesman Wayne Hall said Friday. Other U.S. officials said Hokanson […]
18 hours ago
FILE - A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli...
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AP Source: NSO Group spyware used to hack State employees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phones of 11 U.S. State Department employees were hacked with spyware from Israel’s NSO Group, the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The employees were all located in Uganda and included some foreign service officers, said the person, who was not authorized to speak […]
19 hours ago
FILE - This Dec. 4, 2019 file photo shows Dr. Mehmet Oz at the 14th annual L'Oreal Paris Women of W...
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Rich? Want to be a U.S. senator? Welcome to Pennsylvania!

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rich, Republican and want to be a U.S. senator? Pennsylvania might as well hang a welcome sign. The presidential battleground state’s high-stakes race for an open Senate seat is seeing candidates with big bank accounts and big-time connections exchanging their blue-state mansions for decidedly purple Pennsylvania, and pursuing an opportunity they […]
19 hours ago
FILE - Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is wheeled from the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho, o...
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Bundy: Campaigning counts as court-ordered community service

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Far-right activist Ammon Bundy says time he has spent campaigning to become the next governor of Idaho should count toward the community service he was ordered to perform after being convicted of obstructing police during his trespassing arrest at the state Capitol. Aaron Welling, Bundy’s campaign treasurer, wrote late last month […]
20 hours ago
FILE - E. Jean Carroll, center, waits to enter a courtroom in New York for her defamation lawsuit a...
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Court mulls: Was Trump’s reply to rape claim part of job?

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal appeals judges asked Friday whether a U.S. president’s every remark is part of the job as they weighed whether former President Donald Trump can be held liable in a defamation case that concerns his response to a rape allegation. Trump and the Justice Department say he was acting in his […]
20 hours ago
FILE - Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Nov. 3, 2021, i...
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Sanders to Biden: Cut back looming Medicare premium hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking the White House to cut back a big Medicare premium hike set to take effect in weeks and tied to a pricey Alzheimer’s drug whose benefits have been widely questioned. In a letter Friday to President Joe Biden, the Vermont Independent called on the president to act […]
21 hours ago
President Joe Biden listens to a reporters question after delivering remarks on the November jobs r...
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Biden warns Russia’s Vladimir Putin against Ukraine invasion

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday pledged to make it “very, very difficult” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine and said new initiatives coming from his administration are intended to deter Russian aggression. The president offered the measured warning to Putin in response to growing concern about a Russian […]
21 hours ago
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the November jobs report, in the State Dining Room of the W...
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Hoarse Biden says it’s just a cold he caught from grandson

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has at least one thing in common with thousands of parents and grandparents this winter: He’s picked up a cold from his young grandson. The president has had an unusually low, scratchy voice and an occasional cough all week, prompting questions from the press about his health on Friday. […]
22 hours ago
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia on Friday ruled that war-crimes lawsuits a...
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Judge leaves lawsuits against Libyan general Hifter on pause

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia on Friday ruled that war-crimes lawsuits against a Libyan military commander who used to live in the U.S. must stay on hold for now to avoid interfering with upcoming presidential elections there. At a hearing in Alexandria, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema rejected a request to […]
22 hours ago
FILE - This Sunday, April 5, 2020, photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed t...
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Census Bureau works to improve confidence in 2020 headcount

The Census Bureau is looking to improve trust in the numbers it gathered during the 2020 census by fixing problems caused by the unprecedented challenges of conducting a U.S. head count during a pandemic, natural disasters and efforts by the Trump administration to politicize the process. Demographers, advocates and others who rely on census data […]
23 hours ago
Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, left, Del. Alex Askew, D-Virginia Beach, center, and Del. Jennifer ...
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Virginia GOP completes sweep of elections with House win

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A three-judge panel overseeing a recount in a close Virginia state House race upheld the Republican candidate’s victory on Friday, a decision that also reaffirms the GOP’s takeover of the chamber and completes the party’s sweep of last month’s elections. Republicans also claimed the statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor […]
1 day ago
FILE - Lamine Diack adjusts his headphones during a joint IOC and IAAF news conference on the site ...
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Lamine Diack, ex IAAF chief convicted of corruption, dies

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Lamine Diack, the controversial long-time leader of track and field who was convicted of extorting money from athletes and accused of taking bribes in an Olympic hosting vote, has died, his family said Friday. He was 88. Awa Diack, niece of the former International Olympic Committee member, told The Associated Press […]
1 day ago
FILE - Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands during a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washin...
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Roe ‘settled’ law? Justices’ earlier assurances now in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh convinced Sen. Susan Collins that he thought a woman’s right to an abortion was “settled law,” calling the court cases affirming it “precedent on precedent” that could not be casually overturned. Amy Coney Barrett told senators during her Senate confirmation hearing that laws […]
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FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Perry, Ga., on Sept. 25, 2021. As Tru...
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Trump faces flurry of investigations beyond Jan. 6 probe

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump’s lawyers try to block the White House from releasing records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the former president faces a flurry of other investigations that could come to a head in the coming weeks and the new year. That includes two major state […]
1 day ago
A roadway in a neighborhood leads to a locked fence that blocks the roadway, which residents say cu...
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EPA head: ‘Journey to Justice’ tour ‘really personal for me’

RESERVE, La. (AP) — Michael Coleman’s house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup in dust and, he says, exacerbates his breathing problems. Coleman, 65, points to the billowing […]
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Abortion rights advocates demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, i...
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Few want Roe overturned, but abortion opinions vary widely

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arguments before the Supreme Court this week signaled that the conservative-leaning bench may dramatically limit abortion rights in the United States. The decision whether to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban will determine the fate of the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. […]
1 day ago
President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 variant named omicron during a visit to the National ...
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Biden, allies increasingly pushing back at GOP’s virus barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden looked out over an audience of government scientists and framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus, calling the politicization of the issue a “sad, sad commentary.” And then he tacked on a political dig. Some […]
1 day ago
Abortion rights advocates holding cardboard cutouts of the Supreme Court Justices, demonstrate in f...
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Roe v. Wade nearly fell 30 years ago. Can it survive again?

WASHINGTON (AP) — We’ve been here before, with the fate of abortion rights throughout the United States in doubt and awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court. Nearly 30 years ago, the court came within a vote of throwing out the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States and returning […]
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A woman in an doctors uniform holds a poster that reads "Abortion is Healthcare" as abortion rights...
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Preview of ‘a post-Roe world’ in Texas over abortion access

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas offers a glimpse in real time of what would be a striking new national landscape if the Supreme Court drastically curtails abortion rights: GOP-led states allowing almost no access to abortion, and women traveling hundreds of miles to end their pregnancies. No longer a distant prospect, both sides of the […]
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