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  • Miners’ union backs shift from coal in exchange for jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest coal miners’ union said Monday it would accept President Joe Biden’s plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition” that includes thousands of jobs in renewable energy and spending on technology to make coal cleaner. Cecil Roberts, president of the […]
  • Judge keeps supervision of union for Disney performers

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Until there’s an election, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters can keep control of a local affiliate whose leader was removed because of complaints of mismanagement from the Disney performers who play such characters as Mickey Mouse and Goofy, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Carlos Mendoza refused last week to […]
  • Groups push for easier student loan relief for the disabled

    Advocates for the disabled are pressing the Biden administration to cancel student debt for hundreds of thousands of Americans who have disabilities that make them eligible for federal debt forgiveness but who have not applied for the benefit. Using a rarely pursued federal petition process, three federal advocacy groups on Monday asked the U.S. Education […]
  • Leaders of Proud Boys ordered jailed on Capitol riot charges

    A federal judge on Monday ordered two leaders of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group to be arrested and jailed while awaiting trial on charges they planned and coordinated an attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Joseph Biggs and Ethan Nordean had been free since their […]
  • AP source: Guantanamo prisoners now getting COVID-19 vaccine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center can now begin getting the COVID-19 vaccine, a senior defense official told The Associated Press on Monday, months after a plan to inoculate them was scuttled over outrage that many Americans weren’t eligible to receive the shots. The new timing coincides with President Joe Biden’s […]
  • High court seems ready to send virus funds to Alaska Natives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined Monday to say that hundreds of millions of dollars in coronavirus relief money tied up in court should benefit Alaska Natives rather than be spread more broadly among Native American tribes around the U.S. The justices heard arguments in a case involving the massive pandemic relief package […]
  • Supreme Court asked to give access to secretive court’s work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups are asking the Supreme Court to give the public access to opinions of the secretive court that reviews bulk email collection, warrantless internet searches and other government surveillance programs. The groups say in an appeal filed with the high court Monday that the public has a constitutional right to […]
  • Historian says Census didn’t consult states on privacy tool

    The U.S. Census Bureau didn’t consult with the 50 states when making its decision to introduce a controversial statistical method used to protect the privacy of participants in the 2020 census, a significant departure from 40 years of practices, according to a leading census historian. Historian Margo Anderson said Friday in a court filing that […]
  • Supreme Court rejects lingering 2020 election challenge case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday said it will not hear a case out of Pennsylvania related to the 2020 election, a dispute that had lingered while similar election challenges had already been rejected by the justices. The high court directed a lower court to dismiss the case as moot. The justices in […]
  • GOP Rep. Steve Stivers resigns to run Ohio commerce chamber

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, the former campaign chair for House Republicans, announced on Monday that he’s stepping down next month to oversee his home state’s chamber of commerce. Stivers has been serving in the House since 2011 and enjoys strong ties with GOP leadership. He had been viewed as a potential […]
  • GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Georgia, Florida, elsewhere

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta-area voters looking to return their ballots using a drop box in next year’s gubernatorial election will have to do some searching. Just eight boxes will be spread across Fulton County’s nearly 529 square miles — or about one for every 100,000 registered voters. That’s down from the 38 drop boxes that […]
  • Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?

    Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. Public health officials who have juggled bare-bones budgets for years are happy to have the additional money. Yet they worry […]
  • Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?

    Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. Public health officials who have juggled bare-bones budgets for years are happy to have the additional money. Yet they worry […]
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal over pickup seized at border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Kentucky man whose pickup truck was seized at the Mexican border and held by the federal government for more than two years. The justices did not comment in leaving in place a lower-court ruling against the man, Gerardo Serrano. He was asking […]
  • High court won’t hear Tennessee prisoners’ hepatitis C case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place an appeals court decision that upheld Tennessee’s rationing of life-saving hepatitis C drugs to prisoners as constitutional. The high court on Monday said it would not take the case. As is typical, the court did not comment in turning away the case. The 2-1 appeals […]
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