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House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition
2021-03-04 06:01:58 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democratic Caucus gather to address reporters on H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. House Democrats are expected to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlle
Police request 60-day extension of Guard at US Capitol
2021-03-04 16:21:22 National Guard keep watch on the Capitol, Thursday, March 4, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-Pr
“Falling through cracks“: Vaccine bypasses some older adults
2021-03-04 16:24:52 Pat Brown waits outside the Don Bosco Senior Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Brown knows she needs the vaccine because her asthma and diabetes put her at higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications. But Wall hasn’t attempted to schedule an appointment and didn’t even know if they were being offered in her area yet; she says she is too overwhelmed. (AP P

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China announces “over 6%“ economic growth target, tech plans
2021-03-05 01:20:53 Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang arrive for the opening session of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) BEIJING (AP) — China’s top economic official announced a healthy growth target for the nation and its plans to become a more self-reliant
Powerful quake hits off New Zealand, prompting evacuations
2021-03-04 14:19:25 John Fitzgerald, left, on holidays with his wife Rita and friends, scans the horizon from high ground for any sign of a tsunami near Waitangi, New Zealand, Friday, March 5, 2021. A powerful magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck in the ocean off the coast of New Zealand prompting thousands of people to evacuate and triggering tsunami warnings across the South Pacific. (Peter De Graaf
EXPLAINER: Why rising rates are unsettling Wall Street
2021-03-04 21:56:15 FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, file photo, American flags hang outside of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Optimism for an economic revival is surging following a year of coronavirus-induced misery. But expectations for stronger growth, plus the higher inflation that could accompany it, are pushing interest rates higher, which is forcing investors to re-examine
Myanmar crackdown on protests, widely filmed, sparks outrage
2021-03-04 08:52:34 Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar Thursday, March 4, 2021. Demonstrators in Myanmar protesting last month's military coup returned to the streets Thursday, undaunted by the killing of at least 38 people the previous day by security forces. (AP Photo) YANGON, Myanmar
Dallas police officer charged with 2 counts capital murder
2021-03-04 19:12:03 Chief Eddie GarcĂ­a, center, speaks with media during a press conference regarding the arrest and capital murder charges against Officer Bryan Riser at the Dallas Police Department headquarters on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Dallas. Riser was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder in two unconnected 2017 killings that weren't related to his police work, authorities s
Powell: Higher inflation temporary, no rate hikes in sight
2021-03-04 18:53:42 FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell appears before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The repo
Prosecutors: Officer was on Floyd“s neck for about 9 minutes
2021-03-04 19:54:18 FILE - This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. As the trial approaches for Chauvin, charged with murder in George Floyd's death, prosecutors are putting the time Chauvin's knee was on Floyd's neck at about nine minutes. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As
Israel, Denmark and Austria join forces against COVID-19
2021-03-04 18:26:58 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, visits a fitness gym with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, center, and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, to observe how the "Green Pass," for citizens vaccinated against COVID-19, is used, in Modi'in, Israel, Thursday, March 4, 2021. Frederiksen and Kurz are on a short visit to Israel for to pursue the possibilities fo
Still divisive, Dr. Luke resurges at Grammys — as Tyson Trax
2021-03-04 16:51:45 FILE - Songwriter Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald arrives at the 28th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles, on April 27, 2011. The controversial music producer and hitmaker rose to the top of the Billboard charts with Doja Cat’s ubiquitous funk-pop jam “Say So,” along with Saweetie's anthemic bop “Tap In” and Juice WRLD's Top 5 pop smash “Wishing Well." Dr. Luke appeared as
Powell: Higher inflation temporary, Fed will be “patient“
2021-03-04 18:53:42 FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell appears before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Fed survey released Wednesday, March 3, 2021, said that reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed last month, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints. The repo
Israel, Denmark and Austria join forces against COVID-19
2021-03-04 18:26:58 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, visits a fitness gym with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, center, and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, to observe how the "Green Pass," for citizens vaccinated against COVID-19, is used, in Modi'in, Israel, Thursday, March 4, 2021. Frederiksen and Kurz are on a short visit to Israel for to pursue the possibilities fo
Bucking GOP trend, Alabama governor extends mask order
2021-03-04 09:00:20 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gives a COVID-19 update during a news conference at the Alabama Capitol Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday March 4, 2021. With states including Texas and neighboring Mississippi ending masking requirements, Ivey announced Thursday that masks will be required in the state of nearly 5 million people through April 9. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Adver
Animated “Demon Slayer“ strikes chord with pandemic Japan
2021-03-04 04:21:30 People walk past a theater where the film “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" is screened on its opening day, Oct. 16, 2020. “Demon Slayer,” directed by Haruo Sotozaki, has become the biggest grossing film for Japan, including live-action films, and has struck a chord with pandemic-era Japan, and possibly with the world. (Tsuyoshi Ueda/Kyodo News via AP) TO
Stocks turn lower as bond yields continue their upward march
2021-03-04 07:05:37 FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are moving modestly higher in early trading on Wall Street as investors cautiously welcome signs of calm in the bond market. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% early Thursday, March 4, 2021, and the yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 1.47%. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
Press Club seeks release of AP journalist jailed in Myanmar
2021-03-04 17:01:16 This undated family photo provided on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 shows Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw in Yangon, Myanmar. Authorities in Myanmar charged Thein Zaw and five other members of the media with violating a public order law that could see them imprisoned for up to three years. The six were arrested while covering protests against the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanm
“Falling through cracks“: Vaccine bypasses some older adults
2021-03-04 16:24:52 Pat Brown waits outside the Don Bosco Senior Center in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Brown knows she needs the vaccine because her asthma and diabetes put her at higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications. But Wall hasn’t attempted to schedule an appointment and didn’t even know if they were being offered in her area yet; she says she is too overwhelmed. (AP P
17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates
2021-03-04 14:43:11 FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, students discard food at the end of their lunch period as part of a lunch waste composting program at an elementary school in Connecticut. A United Nations report released on Thursday, March 4, 2021 estimates 17% of the food produced globally each year is wasted. That amounts to 931 million tons of food, or about double what
Boston Marathon“s plan to hand out 70K medals roils runners
2021-03-04 16:02:50 FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, runners head down the stretch to the finish line in the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston. Rival camps in the running world began snapping at each other's heels in March 2021 after the Boston Athletic Association, which still hopes to hold a truncated in-person edition of the footrace in October, said it would award medals to up to 70,0
Stocks trade mixed as investors wait for remarks from Powell
2021-03-04 07:05:37 FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are moving modestly higher in early trading on Wall Street as investors cautiously welcome signs of calm in the bond market. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% early Thursday, March 4, 2021, and the yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 1.47%. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
Court raises bar for some immigrants to avoid deportation
2021-03-04 16:39:42 FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court will take up challenges to controversial Trump administration policies affecting family-planning clinics and immigrants, even though the Biden administration has announced it is reviewing them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday made it
Police request 60-day extension of Guard at US Capitol
2021-03-04 16:21:22 National Guard keep watch on the Capitol, Thursday, March 4, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-Pr
Boston Marathon“s plan to hand out 70K medals roils runners
2021-03-04 16:02:50 FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, runners head down the stretch to the finish line in the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston. Rival camps in the running world began snapping at each other's heels in March 2021 after the Boston Athletic Association, which still hopes to hold a truncated in-person edition of the footrace in October, said it would award medals to up to 70,0
Ahead of Pope visit, survivor recalls Iraq church massacre
2021-03-04 06:40:35 File - In this Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, mourners carry the coffins of slain Christians during their funeral in Baghdad, Iraq, who were killed Sunday when gunmen stormed a church during mass and took the entire congregation hostage. The attack, claimed by an al-Qaida-linked organization, was the deadliest recorded against Iraq's Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasi
UK, 4 nations fast-track review of modified COVID vaccines
2021-03-04 07:49:52 Doctor Anil Mehta, surrounded by his team of doctors, administers a dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Geeta Waddon to mark the 10,000th jab in his small practice in London, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) LONDON (AP) — Regulators in the U.K. and four other countries have announced new rules to fast-track the development of modified COVID-19 vaccines to ensure drug
EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia“s deadly Tigray crisis is growing
2021-03-04 09:58:13 People displaced by the recent conflict listen as Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes visits internally-displaced people in Adigrat Town, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Zerihun Sewunet/UNICEF via AP) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Civilians massacred. Journalists arrested. People starving to death. Ethiopia’s governm
Square, Inc. to buy majority of Tidal and put Jay-Z on board
2021-03-04 13:05:42 FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. Financial technology company Square, Inc. says it has reached an agreement to acquire majority ownership of Tidal, the music streaming service partly owned by Jay-Z. (Photo by Greg Allen/

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