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  • Biden to launch vaccine push for millions of federal workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to set a model for employers nationwide, President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that millions of federal workers must show proof they’ve received a coronavirus vaccine or submit to regular testing and stringent social distancing, masking and travel restrictions. An individual familiar with the president’s plans, who spoke on condition of […]
  • Georgia asks judge to toss DOJ lawsuit targeting voting law

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is asking a judge to toss out a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the state’s sweeping new election law. In a motion to dismiss filed Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta, lawyers for the state called the lawsuit “a politicized intrusion” into the state’s constitutional authority to regulate its elections. The […]
  • Plumber turned political candidate busted in Capitol riot

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City plumber who’s moonlighted as a fringe political candidate is in hot water for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol during January’s insurrection, boasting about it on social media and then trying to cover his tracks. Daniel Christmann, a 38-year-old who screamed at the city’s current Republican mayoral nominee […]
  • DC park display honors enslaved people who built White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What started as a few public comments from former first lady Michelle Obama has resulted in a new permanent public display in Lafayette Park that details the role of enslaved people in building the White House. The White House Historical Association on Wednesday unveiled three new historical markers at the northern end […]
  • DOJ won’t defend Brooks in lawsuit over Capitol violence

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice won’t help defend U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama against a civil lawsuit that claims he helped to incite the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol. In a court filing Tuesday, the Justice Department urged a judge to deny the congressman’s request for immunity as a […]
  • Biden backs embattled democracy movement in Belarus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spoke out for embattled pro-democracy forces in Belarus on Wednesday in a White House meeting with that country’s main opposition leader. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who was forced to leave Belarus after unsuccessfully challenging President Alexander Lukashenko in 2020 elections that the opposition and the West say were rigged, has been […]
  • US ramps up pressure on Poland over Holocaust restitution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is ramping up pressure on Poland in hopes of stopping legislation that would prevent families from receiving restitution for property seized during the Holocaust and communist era. The U.S. said Wednesday that Poland is the only country in Europe to have regressed over the past year in meeting commitments […]
  • US, Russia hold ‘professional’ arms talks despite tensions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior diplomats from the United States and Russia held what the State Department described as “substantive and professional” talks on arms control and other strategic issues on Wednesday despite myriad other differences that have sent relations into a tailspin. The State Department said the discussions in Geneva produced no breakthroughs but said […]
  • Facing Census delay, group withdraws request for records

    A Republican advocacy group on Wednesday withdrew its request for a court order seeking the immediate release of Census Bureau records after the agency’s chief scientist warned their disclosure could push back the already delayed release of redistricting data used for drawing congressional and legislative districts. Fair Lines America Foundation withdrew its request for a […]
  • US acting to better protect infrastructure from cyberthreats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking steps to harden cybersecurity defenses for critical infrastructure, announcing on Wednesday the development of performance goals and a voluntary public-private partnership to protect core sectors. The actions, outlined in an order from President Joe Biden, are an acknowledgment of the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of critical industries — a […]
  • AP-NORC poll: Inequity in community support for older adults

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans believe their communities are doing a good job meeting the needs of older adults, but white people may be better equipped than people of color to age within their communities, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll finds more Americans think […]
  • US defense secretary visits Vietnam, vows support for region

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is seeking to bolster ties with Vietnam, one of the Southeast Asian nations embroiled in a territorial rift with China, during a two-day visit starting Wednesday. In a speech in Singapore, his first stop in the region he is visiting for the first time as […]
  • US, India agree to expand multilateral security partnership

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The top diplomats of India and the United States pledged Wednesday to expand their multilateral security partnership, underscoring the deepening of ties between two countries concerned over China’s growing influence in the region. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met in New Delhi and sought […]
  • Turn off, turn on: Simple step can thwart top phone hackers

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. At a briefing by security staff this year, he said he got some advice on how to help keep his cellphone secure. Step One: Turn off phone. Step Two: Turn it back on. […]
  • Infrastructure talks leave Biden’s entire agenda at risk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s latest leap into the Senate’s up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects. The outcome of the infrastructure deal, which for weeks has encountered one snag after another, […]
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