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Power cut across Texas as snow, ice cover the southern Plains.

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Power cut across Texas as snow, ice blanket southern Plains
2021-02-15 09:09:30 A woman walks through falling snow in San Antonio, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Snow and ice blanketed large swaths of the U.S. on Sunday, prompting canceled flights, making driving perilous and reaching into areas as far south as Texas’ Gulf Coast, where snow and sleet were expected overnight. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) DALLAS (AP) — A winter storm dropping snow and ice also sent temperat
Activists fear Biden“s commitment to higher minimum wage
2021-02-15 13:35:30 FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Biden campaigned on raising the national minimum wage to $15 per hour and attached a proposal doing just that to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus pandemic relief bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrance W
COVID-19 shots might be tweaked if variants get worse
2021-02-15 15:20:35 FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. The makers of COVID-19 vaccines are figuring out how to tweak their recipes against worrisome virus mutations — if and when the shots need an update. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) The makers of COVID


Right-wing friendly Parler announces re-launch
2021-02-16 01:19:50 FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2021, file photo, the website of the social media platform Parler is displayed in Berlin. The right-wing friendly social network Parler, which was forced offline following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, said it is re-launching, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP, File) BOSTON (AP) —
Deaths highlight once-in-a-decade Rockies avalanche danger
2021-02-15 21:40:49 This image provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows an avalanche that killed an unidentified snowboarder on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, near the town of Winter Park in Colorado. The deaths of two Colorado men caught in avalanches and a third in Montana over the frigid Presidents Day weekend underscore the danger of backcountry conditions in the Rocky Mountains, where
Former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson found dead in hotel room
2021-02-15 22:12:52 FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) runs with the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Florida authorities are looking into the death of former Buccaneers player Jackson, who was found dead Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at a Florida hotel room. (AP Photo/Bill Haber,
In Nevada desert, a technology firm aims to be a government
2021-02-13 16:13:11 This undated illustration provided by Blockchains LLC shows a proposed "smart city" in rural northern Nevada. A cryptocurrency company that owns 67,000 acres in rural northern Nevada wants state government to grant technology companies power to form local governments on land they own. Jeffrey Berns, CEO of Nevada-based Blockchains, LLC, wants to build a "smart city" run on blo
United Arab Emirates publishes first photo from Mars probe
2021-02-14 09:48:43 This Feb. 10, 2021 image taken by the United Arab Emirates' "Amal," or "Hope," probe was released Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, shows Mars . The Hope space probe now circles the red planet. (Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center/UAE Space Agency, via AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Sunday published the first image for its Mars probe now circling the red
Marriage & divorce amid pandemic: Couples“ challenges abound
2021-02-14 14:04:07 In this Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 photo provided by Kristen Pritchard Photography, Kayleigh and Cody Cousins pose for wedding photos at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, Calif. They initially planned an April 2020 wedding, postponed it after the pandemic took hold, rescheduled it for December, then had to shift gears again when a new lockdown was imposed. “That was devast
Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, African to lead WTO
2021-02-15 14:21:01 FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during a panel discussion "The Post-2015 Goals: Inspiring a New Generation to Act", the fifth annual Associated Press debate, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Okonjo-Iweala was appointed Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 to head the World Trade Organization as it seeks to to re
UN approves AstraZeneca“s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
2021-02-15 17:19:58 FILE - in this file photo dated Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, a Moroccan nurse administers the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a health worker, at Cheikh Khalifa Hospital in Casablanca, Morocco. The World Health Organization Monday Feb. 15, 2021, granted an emergency authorization to the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca, a move that should allow its partners to ship m
Luxury car brand Jaguar to go all-electric by 2025
2021-02-15 16:16:55 FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, the Jaguar car company logo shines off the deck of an I-Pace electric vehicle at a Jaguar dealership, in Littleton, USA. Struggling luxury car brand Jaguar will be fully electric by 2025, the British company said Monday Feb. 15, 2021, as it outlined a plan to phase out internal combustion engines.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Biden faces pressure as US sets new course on immigration
2021-02-15 15:09:27 Honduran boys whose family wants to seek asylum in the U.S., play on the sidewalk in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Thousands of people are waiting to claim asylum and more come each day, falsely believing they will be able to enter the U.S. now that former President Donald Trump is out of office. While President Joe Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks
After shooting, unrest, Wyoming gets its first Black sheriff
2021-02-15 14:25:30 Albany County Sheriff Aaron Appelhans stands in the county courthouse in Laramie, Wyo. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Appelhans took office in January as Wyoming's as the state's first Black sheriff. Formerly a University of Wyoming Police Department patrol sergeant, Appelhans in January became the top law enforcement officer for a county three times the size of Rhode Island yet hom
Late ice cramps anglers“ appetite, research of crucial fish
2021-02-15 13:46:35 FILE -In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, an ice fisherman shows smelt caught at Jim Worthing's Smelt Camps on the Kennebec River in Randolph, Maine. A lack of ice in cold weather states this year has made it difficult for scientists to study the rainbow smelt population. The ecologically important fish was listed as a species of special concern more than 15 years ago due
UK opens quarantine hotels, pushes on with vaccine drive
2021-02-15 11:32:07 A coach delivers passengers to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow Airport, London, Monday Feb. 15, 2021 where they will remain during a 10 day quarantine period after returning to England from one of 33 "red list" countries. New regulations now in force require anyone who has been in a 'high-risk' location to enter England through a designated port and have pre-bo
South Carolina considers breaking up public health agency
2021-02-15 13:01:46 FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, Dr. Edward Simmer answers questions from the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs committee in Columbia, S.C. Simmer was confirmed director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in February and has asked lawmakers for time to figure out department reforms before the legislature tries to break apar
UK“s chief mouser celebrates 10 years on the prowl
2021-02-15 09:20:48 FILE -In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 file photo, Larry, the official 10 Downing Street cat walks outside 10 Downing Street before the nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support National Health Service (NHS) workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in London. Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of rescue cat Larry becoming Chief Mouser to the


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