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AP source: Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas
2021-02-18 15:41:16 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, on the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) DALLAS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has traveled to Mexico for a family vacation as his home state struggles with a powerful winter storm that left many residents without p
NASA rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life
2021-02-18 05:57:38 This photo made available by NASA shows the first image sent by the Perseverance rover showing the surface of Mars, just after landing in the Jezero crater, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA via AP) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA rover streaked through the orange Martian sky and landed on the planet Thursday, accomplishing the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring ba
NASA rover streaks toward a landing on Mars
2021-02-18 05:57:38 In this illustration made available by NASA, the Perseverance rover casts off its spacecraft's cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA rover streaked toward a landing on Mars on Thursday in the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on

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Astros“ Baker gets COVID-19 vaccine after initial reticence
2021-02-18 18:39:22 FILE - Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gestures during a baseball practice at Minute Maid Park in Houston, in this Saturday, July 4, 2020, file photo. Astros manager Dusty Baker said he had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as the team began spring training Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said he ha
“Mr. Kitty“ goes virtually to Washington over GameStop saga
2021-02-18 19:46:29 In this image from video provided by the House Financial Services Committee, Keith Gill, a GameStop investor, also known in social media forums as Roaring Kitty, testifies during a virtual hearing on GameStop in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Lawmakers are examining whether the wild swings in the stock price of the video game retailer exposed conflicts in the market's st
Texas crisis has governor facing big backer: energy industry
2021-02-18 23:44:34 Carlos Mandez waits in line to fill his propane tanks Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Houston. Customers had to wait over an hour in the freezing rain to fill their tanks. Millions in Texas still had no power after a historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures created a surge of demand for electricity to warm up homes unaccustomed to such extreme lows, buckling the state's po
“Mercenary“ donor gets 12 years in campaign finance scheme
2021-02-18 14:25:28 FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 file photo, Imaad Zuberi, left, leaves a federal courthouse with his attorney Thomas O'Brien, second from left, in Los Angeles. On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, Zuberi, a once high-flying political fundraiser who prosecutors say gave illegal campaign contributions to Joe Biden, Lindsey Graham and a host of other U.S. politicians while secretly w
Spain arrests 80 in 3 nights of riots over rapper“s jailing
2021-02-18 11:36:22 A demonstrator throws a stone against police during clashes following a protest condemning the arrest of rap singer Pablo Hasél in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted for insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence have morphed for the third night in a row into rioting. Pablo Hasél began this week t
US says it“s ready to join talks to resume Iran nuclear deal
2021-02-18 22:32:28 Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the State Department, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. It’s also reversed the Trump administration’s determination that all U.N. sanctions against Iran
How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
2021-02-18 08:03:11 (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin) How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe? Scientists look for safety issues during the testing phase and continue their monitoring as shots roll out around the world. So far, the only serious warning to emerge is a rare risk of severe allergic reactions. Different types of COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized and it’s possible side effect
South Dakota“s AG charged with 3 misdemeanors in fatal crash
2021-02-18 19:49:07 FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Jason Ravnsborg speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Republican attorney general, has been charged with misdemeanor careless driving after he struck and killed a man with his car, authorities said Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File) PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican attorney general has b
SC governor signs abortion ban; Planned Parenthood sues
2021-02-18 06:00:45 South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signs into law a bill banning almost all abortions in the state Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. On the same day, Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit to stop the measure from going into effect. The state House approved the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act” on a 79-35 vote Wednesday and gave it
South Dakota“s AG charged with 3 misdemeanors in fatal crash
2021-02-18 19:49:07 FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Jason Ravnsborg speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Republican attorney general, has been charged with misdemeanor careless driving after he struck and killed a man with his car, authorities said Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File) PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican attorney general has b
VIRUS TODAY: Unemployment applications in U.S. up this week
2021-02-18 17:54:30 FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 file photo, a now hiring sign is displayed at a CD One Price Cleaners in Schaumburg, Ill. The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the pre
SC governor signs abortion ban; Planned Parenthood sues
2021-02-18 06:00:45 South Carolina Rep. David Hiott, R-Pickens, says a prayer as the House votes on a bill that would ban most abortions in the state on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Columbia, S.C. The bill will soon go to the governor. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s governor on Thursday signed a law banning most abortions, one of his top priorities since he took
Massive storms, outages force tough decisions amid pandemic
2021-02-18 19:11:01 FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021, file photo, people select shirts and sweatshirts being given away at a Gallery Furniture store after the owner opened his business as a shelter for those without power at their homes in Houston. Making decisions about risks — large or small — in the pandemic era is fraught enough. But the storms and outages ravaging Texas and other states have add
Killings surge in Syria camp housing Islamic State families
2021-02-18 06:08:48 FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file, photo, women residents from former Islamic State-held areas in Syria line up for aid supplies at Al-Hol camp in Hassakeh province, Syria. Killings have surged inside the camp with at least 20 men and women killed in January, 2021. They are believed to be the victims of IS militants trying to enforce their power inside the camp housing 62,000
Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen
2021-02-18 16:50:39 FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a patient adjusts his face mask as he leaves a COVID-19 vaccination site inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. States are beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions, but health experts say we don’t know enough yet about variants to roll back measures that could help slow their spread. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen
2021-02-18 16:50:39 FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a patient adjusts his face mask as he leaves a COVID-19 vaccination site inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. States are beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions, but health experts say we don’t know enough yet about variants to roll back measures that could help slow their spread. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
UN: Huge changes in society needed to keep nature, Earth OK
2021-02-18 16:18:29 FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. A United Nations report released on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 says humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes t
US needs to brace itself for more deadly storms, experts say
2021-02-18 05:12:46 People line up to collect firewood from a wood heap opened to the public Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Dallas. Groups of thirteen were allowed six minutes to load as much wood as they could carry away from the recycling center. (AP Photo/LM Otero) WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadly weather will be hitting the U.S. more often, and America needs to get better at dealing with it, experts sa
Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republicans“ path to power
2021-02-18 05:17:20 FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., stand with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as Trump speaks while departing after a Senate Republican Policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican Party st
Even without listening, US lives in Limbaugh’s media world
2021-02-18 08:06:42 FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) NEW YORK
Iranian skier makes appeal for women“s rights in her country
2021-02-18 12:58:44 Iran's Forough Abbasi is interviewed in the finish area after the first run of a women's giant slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Dampf) CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Iranian skier Forough Abbasi accomplished one goal Thursday merely by completing her giant slalom run at the skiing world champ
Biden and congressional Democrats to unveil immigration bill
2021-02-18 10:24:55 President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington. Biden was returning to Washington after participating in a town hall event in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is joining Democrats on Capitol Hill to unveil a major immigration overh
Lawmakers face off with GameStop saga“s key players
2021-02-18 02:01:48 FILE - Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. The GameStop saga has been portrayed as a victory of the little guy over Wall Street giants but not everyone agrees, including some lawmakers in Washington. The House Financial Services Committee is ready to dig into the confounding episode at
In surprise move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia
2021-02-18 05:58:01 A disclaimer is shown on the bottom of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology page on the Facebook app Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Tokyo. Australia's government has condemned Facebook over its shock move to prevent Australians sharing news that had also blocked some government communications. The Bureau of Meteorology's weather warnings, a Hobart women's shelter and the Betoota Adv
Iranian skier makes appeal for women“s rights in her country
2021-02-18 12:58:44 Iran's Forough Abbasi is interviewed in the finish area after the first run of a women's giant slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Dampf) CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Iranian skier Forough Abbasi accomplished one goal Thursday merely by completing her giant slalom run at the skiing world champ
US jobless claims rise to 861,000 as layoffs stay high
2021-02-18 13:40:03 FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, a "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H. U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in December, particularly in pandemic-hit industries such as restaurants and hotels, as soaring virus infections and government restrictions weakened the economy that month. The number of available jo
EXPLAINER: What“s up between Google, Facebook and Australia?
2021-02-18 08:41:05 FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. Australia’s government said on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, it will amend draft laws that would make Google and Facebook pay for news to clarify that publishers would be paid in lump sums rather than per click on news article links.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) BEIJING (A
“Horrible“: Witnesses recall massacre in Ethiopian holy city
2021-02-18 07:16:41 An elderly woman who fled to the city of Axum in the Tigray region of Ethiopia to seek safety sits with her head bandaged after being wounded during an attack on the city, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. She later died of her wounds. As Ethiopia’s Tigray region slowly resumes telephone service after three months of conflict, witnesses gave The Associated Press a detailed account of wha
US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII
2021-02-17 21:26:03 FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2020 file photo, William Samuels delivers caskets to the Gerard Neufeld Funeral Home during the coronavirus pandemic in the Queens borough of New York. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 finds that life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half
Texas outages below half-million but water crisis persists
2021-02-18 04:44:50 People wait in line to fill propane tanks Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Houston. Customers waited over an hour in the freezing rain to fill their tanks. Millions in Texas still had no power after a historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures created a surge of demand for electricity to warm up homes unaccustomed to such extreme lows, buckling the state's power grid and caus
US jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high
2021-02-18 13:40:03 FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, a "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H. U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in December, particularly in pandemic-hit industries such as restaurants and hotels, as soaring virus infections and government restrictions weakened the economy that month. The number of available jo
DIY education: Greek teacher creates TV classes for inmates
2021-02-18 07:52:37 Inmates sitting inside a room, watch a recorded music lesson in Avlona prison, north of Athens, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. With Greece's schools shut due to the pandemic, all lessons have gone online. But the online world isn't within reach of everyone _ and particularly not within reach of the students of Avlona Special Youth Detention Center, where internet devices are banned
Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republicans“ path to power
2021-02-18 05:17:20 FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., stand with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as Trump speaks while departing after a Senate Republican Policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican Party st

 

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