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Garland says Justice Dept. must be politically independent
2021-02-22 05:56:12 Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judicary Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool) WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general , vowed on Monday to prioritize civil rights, combat ext
Supreme Court won“t halt turnover of Trump“s tax records
2021-02-22 14:37:21 FILE - This Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, shows the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — In a significant defeat for former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a New York state prosecutor. The court’s action is the apparent culmination of a lengthy legal bat
Vaccine efforts redoubled as US death toll draws near 500K
2021-02-22 20:26:30 People wait in line for the opening of a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. States are working quickly get the coronavirus vaccine into people’s arms after last week’s icy storms, freezing temperatures and widespread power outages closed clinics and slowed vaccine

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EXPLAINER: Why a plane“s engine exploded over Denver
2021-02-22 22:55:10 In this image taken from video, the engine of United Airlines Flight 328 is on fire after after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Denver, Colo. The Boeing 777 landed safely and none of the passengers or crew onboard were hurt. (Chad Schnell via AP) The investigation into an engine explosio
That 70s Show: Loss by loss, a unique era of baseball fades
2021-02-22 14:57:04 FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 1976, file photo, Cincinnati second baseman Joe Morgan tips his helmet to the fans as he rounds the bases after a homer in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. The affection drenches Clint Hurdle’s voice when he talks of them, when he appraises the list of those recently gone — childhood idols who
NASA releases Mars landing video: “Stuff of our dreams“
2021-02-22 22:25:57 This combination of images from video made available by NASA shows steps in the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of the planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orang
In Texas, attention turns to storm repairs, political peril
2021-02-22 22:58:01 CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO VALERIO, NOT VALERIA - Homeowner Nora Espinoza holds a piece of the broken pipe removed by handyman Roberto Valerio on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 in Dallas. Espinoza's home suffered multiple pipe breaks after winter weather brought in freezing temperatures last week. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) DALLAS (AP) — The seam that split in a pipe under Nora
US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars
2021-02-22 20:26:30 FILE - In this April 6, 2020, file photo, gravediggers lower the casket of someone who died of coronavirus at the Hebrew Free Burial Association's cemetery in the Staten Island borough of New York. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 500,000 — a number so staggering that a top health researchers says it is hard to imagine an American who hasn't lost a relative or does
Centrist Democrats flex muscles, create headaches for Biden
2021-02-22 21:40:01 FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2021, file photo Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., departs on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — A moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia is suddenly one of the most powerful people in Washington. Sen. Joe Manchin has had multiple one-on-one phone calls with President Joe Biden. He can send the White House into
US deaths surpass 500K, confirming virus’s tragic reach
2021-02-22 17:05:46 FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, 64, weeps while hugging her husband, Antonio, in his final moments in a COVID-19 unit at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has almost topped 500,000 — a number so staggering that a top health researchers says it is hard to imagine an American who hasn't lost a relative or do
City probe faults overall police treatment of Elijah McClain
2021-02-22 16:32:22 FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, two people hold posters showing images depicting Elijah McClain during a candlelight vigil for McClain outside the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. An investigation into the arrest of McClain in suburban Denver criticizes how police handled the entire incident, faulting officers for their quick, aggressive treatment of the 23-year-old una
Biden to mourn 500,000 dead while balancing grief and hope
2021-02-22 21:21:45 FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden walks by freezers used to hold the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as he tours a Pfizer manufacturing site with Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden is planning a head-on acknowledgement of the coun
Europe-bound migrants found amid broken glass, toxic ash
2021-02-22 10:43:24 In this image taken from video made available by the Guardia Civil, an officer of the Guardia Civil helps a man out from under glass bottles in a container in Melilla, Spain, Friday Feb. 19, 2021. Spanish authorities say they have found and rescued 41 migrants who tried to reach continental Europe from North Africa in the past four days, some of them hiding inside a container
Pandemic makes prostitution taboo in Nevada“s legal brothels
2021-02-20 16:28:52 In this 2020 photo provided by Alice Little, sex worker Alice Little poses for a picture in Bend, Ore. Little was working at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel in Carson City, Nev., until it was closed, along with other legal bordellos in Nevada, under the governor's coronavirus restrictions. (Alice Little via AP) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist-depende
Norway museum: Munch wrote “madman“ sentence on “The Scream“
2021-02-22 14:11:00 FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 file photo, people look at "The Scream" at the National Gallery in Oslo. A Norwegian museum says a small, barely visible sentence written on Edvard Munch’s 1893 masterpiece “The Scream” was penned by the Norwegian painter himself. The sentence referring to the artwork being made by a madman was scribbled in a corner. A curator at the new Na
Europe-bound migrants found amid broken glass, toxic ash
2021-02-22 10:43:24 In this image taken from video made available by the Guardia Civil, an officer of the Guardia Civil helps a man out from under glass bottles in a container in Melilla, Spain, Friday Feb. 19, 2021. Spanish authorities say they have found and rescued 41 migrants who tried to reach continental Europe from North Africa in the past four days, some of them hiding inside a container
Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty
2021-02-22 17:40:09 Virginia State Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, front, looks at the vote tally board during a vote on a death penalty abolition bill at the Senate session at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, Va., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Senate passed the bill 22-16. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to legislation that will end
What“s safe after COVID-19 vaccination? Don“t shed masks yet
2021-02-20 14:19:32 FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, people wait in line at a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. At least for now, U.S. health authorities say after being vaccinated, people should follow the same rules as everybody else about wearing a mask, keeping a 6-foot
UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations
2021-02-22 14:33:44 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson with quality control technician Kerri Symington, visits the French biotechnology laboratory Valneva in Livingston, Scotland, Thursday Jan. 28, 2021, where they will be producing a COVID-19 vaccine on a large scale, during a visit to Scotland. (Wattie Cheung/Pool via AP) LONDON (AP) — Two U.K. studies released Monday showed that COVID-19 v
Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk break up after 28 years
2021-02-22 15:40:46 FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group, Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning French act have announced their break up. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning electronic music pioneers Daft Punk have announced that they are breaking up a
Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy
2021-02-22 11:18:19 In this image taken from video, United Nations peacekeepers guard the area where a U.N. convoy was attacked and the Italian ambassador to Congo killed, in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy i
US deaths at brink of 500K, confirming virus’ tragic reach
2021-02-22 17:05:46 FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, 64, weeps while hugging her husband, Antonio, in his final moments in a COVID-19 unit at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has almost topped 500,000 — a number so staggering that a top health researchers says it is hard to imagine an American who hasn't lost a relative or do
139-year-old house rolls to new San Francisco address
2021-02-21 21:03:21 CORRECTS APPROXIMATE COST TO $400,000, INTEAD OF $200,000 - Workers pass a Victorian home as a truck pulls it through San Francisco on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. The house, built in 1882, was moved to a new location about six blocks away to make room for a condominium development. According to the consultant overseeing the project, the move cost approximately $400,000 and involved
Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly
2021-02-22 10:59:32 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to go to the Houses of Parliament, in London, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Johnson on Monday is expected to announce a plan to ease coronavirus restrictions in increments, starting by reopening schools in England on March 8. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) LONDON (AP) — Children in England will return to class and people will be a
Collins, Romney say they oppose Biden budget nominee Tanden
2021-02-19 22:16:25 In this image from video, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Trump was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the acquittal gives him a historic second victory in the court of impeachment. (S
Angry youths rattle Spain in support of jailed rap artist
2021-02-22 11:50:13 Demonstrators march holding a banner reading "you have taught us that being peaceful is useless" during a protest condemning the arrest of rap artist Pablo Hasél in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. The imprisonment of a rap artist for his music praising terrorist violence and insulting the Spanish monarchy has set off a powder keg of pent-up rage this week in Spain. Th
FAA orders United to inspect Boeing 777s after emergency
2021-02-22 01:17:57 This Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 photo provided by Hayden Smith shows United Airlines Flight 328 approaching Denver International Airport, after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver. Federal regulators are investigating what caused a catastrophic engine failure on the plane that rained debris on Denver suburbs as the aircraft made an emergency la
Gun provocation reveals tensions in Michigan tourist haven
2021-02-22 04:46:54 Activists Tyasha Harrison, left, and Holly T. Bird pose along the Grand Traverse Bay waterfront in Traverse City, Mich., Feb. 13, 2021. They are among local residents who have criticized a county commissioner for displaying a gun during an online meeting. The official's provocative act came as a caller was raising concerns about right-wing extremism. Some activists say the inc
National Spelling Bee to return in mostly virtual format
2021-02-22 13:05:56 Following COVID-19 pandemic safety guidelines, masked competitors in the 75th annual Yuma County Spelling Bee are seated six feet apart in the first four rows on the floor, instead of being seated traditionally side-by-side on stage, inside the Schoening Conference Center at Arizona Western College, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Also, each competitor was allowed to be accompanied b
Biden to boost pandemic lending to smallest businesses
2021-02-22 10:10:17 President Joe Biden speaks to member of the media after exiting Air Force One, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is targeting federal pandemic assistance to the nation's smallest businesses and taking steps to further equity in what is known as the Paycheck Protection Program . The administration i
Boeing: 777s with engine that blew apart should be grounded
2021-02-22 06:17:02 This Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 photo provided by Hayden Smith shows United Airlines Flight 328 approaching Denver International Airport, after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver. Federal regulators are investigating what caused a catastrophic engine failure on the plane that rained debris on Denver suburbs as the aircraft made an emergency la
Protests swell after Myanmar junta raises specter of force
2021-02-22 04:18:19 Anti-coup protesters raise their hands with clenched fists during a rally near the Mandalay Railway Station in Mandalay, Myanmar, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. A call for a Monday general strike by demonstrators in Myanmar protesting the military's seizure of power has been met by the ruling junta with a thinly veiled threat to use lethal force, raising the possibility of major clash
Russia“s COVID-19 vaccination drive slowly picking up speed
2021-02-22 07:17:27 A Russian medical worker administers a shot of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to 75-year-old Maria Piparinen in a local rural medical post in the village of Ikhala in Russia’s Karelia region, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Piparinen and other elderly residents were relieved when they heard that doctors were finally bringing a few doses of the coronavirus vaccine to their remo
US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000
2021-02-21 21:14:53 FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden, right, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left, tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly
Why some Texans are getting sky-high energy bills
2021-02-22 01:37:58 DeAndré Upshaw shows a $5,000 bill from Griddy on his cell phone for his 900-square-foot apartment during very cold weather in Dallas, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. The Texas power supplier Griddy, which sells unusual plans with prices tied to the spot price of power on the Texas grid, warned its customers over the weekend that their bills would rise significantly during the storm
Bone cancer survivor to join billionaire on SpaceX flight
2021-02-22 10:59:37 This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 photo provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shows Hayley Arceneaux at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. On Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, the hospital announced that the 29-year-old physician assistant — a former patient hired the previous spring — will launch later this year alongside a billionaire who’s using his purchased spaceflight as a char
Why some Texans are getting sky-high energy bills
2021-02-22 01:39:35 DeAndré Upshaw shows a $5,000 bill from Griddy on his cell phone for his 900-square-foot apartment during very cold weather in Dallas, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. The Texas power supplier Griddy, which sells unusual plans with prices tied to the spot price of power on the Texas grid, warned its customers over the weekend that their bills would rise significantly during the storm
Angry youths rattle Spain in support of jailed rap artist
2021-02-22 11:50:13 Demonstrators march holding a banner reading "you have taught us that being peaceful is useless" during a protest condemning the arrest of rap artist Pablo Hasél in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. The imprisonment of a rap artist for his music praising terrorist violence and insulting the Spanish monarchy has set off a powder keg of pent-up rage this week in Spain. Th
Bone cancer survivor to join billionaire on SpaceX flight
2021-02-22 10:59:37 This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 photo provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shows Hayley Arceneaux at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. On Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, the hospital announced that the 29-year-old physician assistant — a former patient hired the previous spring — will launch later this year alongside a billionaire who’s using his purchased spaceflight as a char
Pubs, haircuts, gyms must wait as UK lifts lockdown slowly
2021-02-22 10:59:32 FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a vial of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Cwmbran, south Wales. The British government says it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of coronavirus vaccine by July 31, a month earlier than its previous target. In addition, the goal

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