NATION & WORLD

Jackson Confirmed as First Black Female High Court Justice

April 8, 2022

(Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman - Associated Press)

The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday.

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Ukraine Pleads for Weapons as Fight Looms on Eastern Front

April 8, 2022

(Adam Schreck and Andrea Rosa - Associated Press)

Ukraine told residents of its industrial heartland to leave while they still can and urged Western nations to send "weapons, weapons and weapons."

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'We Fought for Liberty:' Michigan WWII Vets Welcome Memorial

April 8, 2022

(Mike Householder - Associated Press)

Officials in Michigan are ready to get started on the construction of what they say is one of the few state-specific World War II memorials in the country.

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US Navy Intends to Decommission Some of its Newest Warships

April 8, 2022

(David Sharp - Associated Press)

The Navy that once wanted smaller, speedy warships to chase down pirates has made a speedy pivot to Russia and China.

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Key Particle Weighs in a Bit Heavy, Confounding Physicists

April 8, 2022

(Seth Borenstein - Associated Press)

The grand explanation physicists use to describe how the universe works may have some major new flaws to patch after a fundamental particle was found to have more mass than scientists thought.

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Russians Preparing for New Push as Ukraine Gathers Its Dead

April 7, 2022

(Adam Schreck and Andrea Rosa - Associated Press)

Ukraine gathered its dead and collected evidence of Russian atrocities on the ruined outskirts of Kyiv.

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US Hits Russia with 'War Crimes' Sanctions, Europe Following

April 7, 2022

(Aamer Madhani - Associated Press)

The U.S. rolled out a new wave of financial sanctions on Wednesday against Russia that President Joe Biden said would place a lasting penalty on the country's economy.

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No Charges Filed in No-Knock Warrant Killing of Amir Locke

April 7, 2022

(Steve Karnowski - Associated Press)

Minnesota prosecutors declined to file charges Wednesday against a Minneapolis police SWAT team officer who fatally shot Amir Locke .

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Ex-Trump Officials Urge Texas to Declare Border 'Invasion'

April 7, 2022

(Acacia Coronado - Associated Press)

Former Trump administration officials are pressing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to declare an "invasion" along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Rights Groups Charge 'Ethnic Cleansing' in Ethiopia's Tigray

April 7, 2022

(Rodney Muhumuza - Associated Press)

Widespread abuses against civilians in the western part of Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Top General Urges More US Troops in Eastern Europe

April 6, 2022

(Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns - Associated Press)

The United States should look at the development of more bases in Eastern Europe to protect against Russian aggression.

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Zelenskyy at the UN Accuses Russian Military of War Crimes

April 6, 2022

(Oleksandr Stashevskyi - Associated Press)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the Russians of gruesome atrocities in Ukraine.

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Man Arrested in Sacramento Massacre had Recently Left Prison

April 6, 2022

(Adam Beam - Associated Press)

A wounded man arrested in connection with a Sacramento shooting that killed six people and injured a dozen more had been released from prison weeks earlier.

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Darwin Notebooks Missing for 20 Years Returned to Cambridge

April 6, 2022

(Jill Lawless - Associated Press)

Two of naturalist Charles Darwin's notebooks that were reported stolen from Cambridge University's library have been returned, two decades after they disappeared.

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GOP Blocks Senate COVID Bill, Demands Votes on Immigration

April 6, 2022

(Alan Fram - Associated Press)

Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Tuesday to begin Senate debate on a $10 billion COVID-19 compromise.

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Murkowski, Romney to Support Jackson for Supreme Court

April 5, 2022

(Mary Clare Jalonick, Becky Bohrer and Kevin Freking - Associated Press)

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney say they will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's "historic nomination" to the Supreme Court.

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Russia Faces Global Outrage Over Bodies in Ukraine's Streets

April 5, 2022

(Oleksandr Stashevskyi and Nebi Qena - Associated Press)

Moscow faced global revulsion and accusations of war crimes Monday after the Russian pullout from the outskirts of Kyiv revealed streets and yards strewn with corpses.

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Arrest Made in Connection with Sacramento Mass Shooting

April 5, 2022

(Adam Beam and Kathleen Ronayne - Associated Press)

Sacramento police arrested a man Monday connected to the shooting that killed six people and wounded a dozen others in the heart of California's capital.

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Billions, and More, for Lawmakers' Projects in Spending Bill

April 5, 2022

(Alan Fram and Aaron M. Kessler - Associated Press)

Home-district projects for members of Congress are back, sprinkled across the government-wide $1.5 trillion bill President Joe Biden signed recently.

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No Obituary for Earth: Scientists Fight Climate Doom Talk

April 5, 2022

(Seth Borenstein - Associated Press)

It's not the end of the world. It only seems that way.

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California Mass Shooting: 6 dead, 10 Injured in Sacramento

April 4, 2022

(Adam Beam - Associated Press)

Six people were killed and 10 injured in a mass shooting early Sunday as bars and nightclubs were closing in downtown Sacramento and police in California's state capital were searching for at least one suspect.

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Ukraine Accuses Russia of Massacre, City Strewn with Bodies

April 4, 2022

(Oleksander Stashveskyi - Associated Press)

Bodies with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture lay scattered in a city on the outskirts of Kyiv after Russian soldiers withdrew from the area. Ukrainian authorities on Sunday accused the departing forces of committing war crimes and leaving behind a "scene from a horror movie."

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Taliban Clamp Down on Drugs, Announce Ban on Poppy Harvest

April 4, 2022

(Kathy Gannon and Mohammad Shoaib Amin - Associated Press)

Afghanistan's ruling Taliban on Sunday announced a ban on harvesting poppies, even as farmers in some parts of the country began extracting the opium from the plant that is needed for making heroin.

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Across US, Faith Groups Mobilize to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

April 4, 2022

(Deepa Bharath and Luis Andres Henao - Associated Press)

As U.S. refugee resettlement agencies and nonprofits nationwide gear up to help Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion and war that has raged for nearly six weeks, members of faith communities have been leading the charge to welcome the displaced.

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Biden Cites Economic Gains, but Voters See Much More to Do

April 4, 2022

(Josh Boak, Zeke Miller and Chris Megerian - Associated Press)

Seven months before he faces a critical test from voters in the midterm elections, President Joe Biden is turning his focus to kitchen-table issues as he struggles to get credit for a recovering economy.

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German Man Gets 90 COVID-19 Shots to Sell Forged Passes

April 4, 2022

(Kirsten Grieshaber - Associated Press)

A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell forged vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people not wanting to get vaccinated themselves.

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Ukrainian Forces Retake Areas Near Kyiv Amid Fear of Traps

April 3, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Yuras Karmanau - Associated Press)

Ukrainian troops moved cautiously to retake territory north of the country's capital on Saturday, using cables to pull the bodies of civilians off streets of one town out of fear that Russian forces may have left them booby-trapped.

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Pope Blasts Russia's 'Infantile' War

April 3, 2022

(Nicole Winfield - Associated Press)

Pope Francis said Saturday he was considering a possible visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and blasted the leader who launched a "savage" war, delivering his most pointed denunciation yet of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Tesla Sells 310,000 Vehicles in Q1, Despite Issues

April 3, 2022

(Associated Press)

Tesla delivered 310,000 vehicles in the first quarter, up roughly 68% from the same period in 2021, the company said Saturday.

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Lawyers Hope New Evidence Stops Texas Woman's Execution

April 3, 2022

(Juan A. Lozano - Associated Press)

During hours of relentless questioning, Melissa Lucio more than 100 times had denied fatally beating her 2-year-old daughter.

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US Sends Home Algerian Held Nearly 20 Years at Guantanamo

April 3, 2022

(Associated Press)

An Algerian man imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay detention center for nearly 20 years has been released and sent back to his homeland.

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Tribes Seek More Inclusion, Action from US Officials

April 3, 2022

(Susan Montoya Bryan and Felicia Fonseca - Associated Press)

It was a quick trip for U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland with stops to hike through desert scrub near the U.S.-Mexico border and to marvel at the jagged Organ Mountains before soaking in what life was like in one of the oldest settlements along a historic trade route.

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Ukraine Strike on Russian Territory Reported as Talks Resume

April 2, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Yuras Karmanau - Associated Press)

Talks to stop the fighting in Ukraine resumed Friday, as another desperate attempt to rescue civilians from the shattered and encircled city of Mariupol failed and Russia accused the Ukrainians of a cross-border helicopter attack on a fuel depot.

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Judge Upholds Ghislaine Maxwell's Sex Trafficking Conviction

April 2, 2022

(Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister - Associated Press)

A U.S. judge refused to throw out Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking conviction Friday, despite a juror's failure to disclose before the trial began that he'd been a victim of childhood sexual abuse.

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Federal Tax Probe into Biden's Son, Hunter, Moves Forward

April 2, 2022

(Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker - Associated Press)

A federal grand jury has heard testimony in recent months about Hunter Biden's income and payments he received while serving on the board of a Ukraine energy company, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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Vulnerable Dems Warn Biden About Reopening Asylum

April 2, 2022

(Jonathan J. Cooper and Anita Snow - Associated Press)

The Biden administration's decision to end sweeping asylum limits at the border this May satisfied demands by prominent Democrats eagerly awaiting the end of a program created by Donald Trump in the name of public health.

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US Added 431,000 Jobs in March

April 2, 2022

(Paul Wiseman – Associated Press)

America's employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy's resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic, Russia's war against Ukraine and the highest inflation in 40 years.

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Lamb Revives Gun Incident to Attack Fetterman in Senate Race

April 2, 2022

(Marc Levy - Associated Press)

Conor Lamb is accusing rival John Fetterman in Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Senate primary of skipping candidate forums to avoid talking about a 2013 incident when shotgun in hand, he confronted a Black man because he suspected the man was involved in gunfire nearby.

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Pope Makes Historic Apology to Indigenous for Canada Abuses

April 2, 2022

(Nicole Winfield - Associated Press)

Pope Francis on Friday made a historic apology to Indigenous Peoples for the "deplorable" abuses they suffered in Canada's Catholic-run residential schools and said he hoped to visit Canada in late July to deliver the apology in person to survivors of the church's misguided missionary zeal.

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Number of COVID Patients in US Hospitals Reaches Record Low

April 2, 2022

(Ben Finley and Kimberlee Kruesi - Associated Press)

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have plunged to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic, offering a much needed break to health care workers and patients alike following the omicron surge.

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Russians Leaving Chernobyl After Radiation Exposure

April 1, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Yuras Karmanau - Associated Press)

Russian troops began leaving the Chernobyl nuclear plant after soldiers got "significant doses" of radiation.

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As Russia Sees Tech Brain Drain, Other Nations Hope to Gain

April 1, 2022

(Liudas Dapkus - Associated Press)

Russia's tech workers are looking for safer and more secure professional pastures.

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Scientists Finally Finish Decoding Entire Human Genome

April 1, 2022

(Laura Ungar - Associated Press)

Scientists say they have finally assembled the full genetic blueprint for human life, adding the missing pieces to a puzzle nearly completed two decades ago.

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Got a Dime? Businesses Seek Treasury Help with Coin Shortage

April 1, 2022

(Fatima Hussein - Associated Press)

Got a dime you can spare? Coins are in short supply — again.

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Biden Oil Move Aims to Cut Gas Prices 'Fairly Significantly'

April 1, 2022

(Zeke Miller and Josh Boak - Associated Press)

President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered the release of 1 million barrels of oil per day from the nation's strategic petroleum reserve for six months.

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Jackson Wins GOP Vote, Nearly Assuring Supreme Court Seat

March 31, 2022

(Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press)

Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday she will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, giving Democrats at least one Republican vote and all but assuring that Jackson will become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

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Russia Shells Areas in Ukraine Where it Vowed to Scale Back

March 31, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Yuras Karmanau - Associated Press)

Russian forces bombarded areas around Kyiv and another city just hours after pledging to scale back military operations in those places to help negotiations along, Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Giant Star, Astronomers See How Far You Are

March 31, 2022

(Marcia Dunn - Associated Press)

Astronomers have discovered the farthest star yet, a super-hot, super-bright giant that formed nearly 13 billion years ago at the dawn of the cosmos.

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US Sanctions Iranians after Missile Strikes in Iraq, Gulf

March 31, 2022

(Ellen Knickmeyer - Associated Press)

The United States sanctioned Iranian defense companies Wednesday after a spate of ballistic missile attacks on targets in Iraq and the Gulf.

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California Panel OKs Reparations Limit for Slave Descendants

March 31, 2022

(Janie Har - Associated Press)

California's first-in-the-nation task force on reparations has decided to limit state compensation to the descendants of free and enslaved Black people who were in the U.S. in the 19th century, narrowly rejecting a proposal to include all Black people regardless of lineage.

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Into the Wild: Animals the Latest Frontier in COVID Fight

March 31, 2022

(Laura Ungar - Associated Press)

To administer this COVID test, Todd Kautz had to lie on his belly in the snow and worm his upper body into the narrow den of a hibernating black bear.

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US Astronaut Ends Record-Long Spaceflight in Russian Capsule

March 31, 2022

(Marcia Dunn - Associated Press)

A NASA astronaut caught a Russian ride back to Earth on Wednesday after a U.S. record 355 days at the International Space Station, returning with two cosmonauts to a world torn apart by war.

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Russia Says it Will Scale Back Near Kyiv as Talks Progress

March 30, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Yuras Karmanau - Associated Press)

Russia announced Tuesday it will significantly scale back military operations near Ukraine's capital and a northern city, as the outlines of a possible deal to end the grinding war came into view at the latest round of talks.

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Europeans Expel Dozens of Russian Envoys to Combat Espionage

March 30, 2022

(Mike Corder - Associated Press)

In what appeared to be a coordinated action to tackle Russian espionage, at least four European allies expelled dozens of Russian diplomats on Tuesday.

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Jan. 6 Panel Missing Roughly 8 Hours of Trump's Phone Calls

March 30, 2022

(Mary Clare Jalonick and Colleen Long - Associated Press)

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has identified a roughly eight-hour gap in official records of then-President Donald Trump's phone calls as the violence unfolded and his supporters stormed the building, according to a person familiar with the probe.

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Americans Ease Up on Masks, Virus Safeguards: AP-NORC Poll

March 30, 2022

(Russ Bynum and Emily Swanson - Associated Press)

Many Americans have taken significant steps back from once-routine coronavirus precautions, with fewer than half now saying they regularly wear face masks, avoid crowds and skip nonessential travel.

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FDA OKs Another Pfizer, Moderna COVID Booster for 50 and Up

March 30, 2022

(Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone - Associated Press)

Americans 50 and older can get a second COVID-19 booster if it's been at least four months since their last vaccination, a chance at extra protection for the most vulnerable in case the coronavirus rebounds.

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Ukrainians Claim to Retake Ground Ahead of Latest Talks

March 29, 2022

(Yuras Karmanau - Associated Press)

Ukrainian forces claimed to have retaken a Kyiv suburb and an eastern town from the Russians in what is becoming a back-and-forth stalemate on the ground, while negotiators began assembling for another round of talks Tuesday aimed at stopping the fighting.

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Ukraine Refugees Near 4 million

March 29, 2022

(Srdjan Nedeljkovic and Jamey Keaten - Associated Press)

A slowdown for good or a temporary lull during the storm of war?

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Bill Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Being Taught in K-3rd Grade Signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

March 29, 2022

(Anthony Izaguirre - Associated Press)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that has drawn intense national scrutiny from critics who argue it marginalizes LGBTQ people.

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Indigenous Tell Pope of Abuses at Canada Residential Schools

March 29, 2022

(Nicole Winfield - Associated Press)

Indigenous leaders from Canada and survivors of the country's notorious residential schools met with Pope Francis on Monday and told him of the abuses they suffered at the hands of Catholic priests and school workers.

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Judge: Trump Likely Committed Crimes Related to Election

March 29, 2022

(Farnoush Amiri - Associated Press)

A federal judge on Monday asserted it is "more likely than not" that former President Donald Trump committed crimes in his attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election, ruling to order the release of more than 100 emails from Trump adviser John Eastman to the committee investigating the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Justice Thomas Joins Arguments Remotely after Hospital Stay

March 29, 2022

(Associated Press)

Justice Clarence Thomas participated in arguments at the Supreme Court via telephone rather than in person on Monday following a hospital stay of nearly a week.

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‍Ukraine Pleads for Help, Says Russia Wants to Split Nation

March 28, 2022

(Yuras Karmanu - Associated Press)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the West of cowardice Sunday while another top official said Russia was trying to split the nation in two, like North and South Korea.

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Biden Finds No Respite at Home After Returning from Europe

March 28, 2022

(Chris Megerian and Aamer Madhani - Associated Press)

With the last nine, unscripted words of an impassioned speech about Russia's aggression in Ukraine, President Joe Biden created a troubling distraction, undermining his effectiveness as he returned home to face restive Americans who strongly disapprove of his performance on issues that matter most to them.

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El Salvador Declares State of Emergency Amid Killings

March 28, 2022

El Salvador Declares State of Emergency Amid Killings

El Salvador's congress granted President Nayib Bukele's request to declare a state of emergency early Sunday amid a wave of gang-related killings over the weekend.

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US-Backed Group Gets Lifesaving Meds to Ukrainians Amid War

March 28, 2022

(Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Associated Press)

Thousands of patients in Ukraine are receiving lifesaving medicines to treat HIV and opioid addiction through a U.S.-funded group still operating despite the Russian invasion. Supplies are running short and making deliveries is a complicated calculus with unpredictable risks.

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Ukrainian Students Overseas Fret About Relatives, the Future

March 28, 2022

(Cedar Attanasio - Associated Press / Report for America)

At a boarding school in the Rocky Mountains, a group of Eastern European teenagers made crepes to raise money for the millions of people whose lives have been uprooted by Russia's war on Ukraine.

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Biden on Putin: 'This Man Cannot Remain in Power'

March 27, 2022

(Chris Megerian, Vanessa Gera and Aamer Madhani - Associated Press)

President Joe Biden delivered a forceful and highly personal condemnation of Russia's Vladimir Putin on Saturday, summoning a call for liberal democracy and a durable resolve among Western nations in the face of a brutal autocrat.

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Shelled City in North Ukraine Fears Becoming 'Next Mariupol'

March 27, 2022

(Yuras Karmanau - Associated Press)

Nights are spent huddling underground from Russian strikes pounding their encircled city into rubble. Daylight hours are devoted to hunting down drinkable water and braving the risk of standing in line for the little food available as shells and bombs rain down.

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Blinken Set to See Israelis, Arabs Wary About Iran, Ukraine

March 27, 2022

(Matthew Lee - Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will try to use his three-nation tour of the Middle East and North Africa to reassure wary Israelis and Arabs that the Biden administration is committed to the region's security at a time when Washington is confronting multiple foreign policy challenges.

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Bodies of Marines Killed in NATO Exercise Returned to US

March 27, 2022

(Associated Press)

The bodies of four Marines who died in a military aircraft crash during a NATO exercise were transferred back to the U.S. Friday.

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Missouri Station Offers Russian State Radio

March 27, 2022

(Margaret Stafford - Associated Press)

A man who runs a little-known, low-budget radio station in suburban Kansas City says he is standing up for free speech and alternative viewpoints when he airs Russian state-sponsored programming in the midst of the Ukrainian war.

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Biden in Poland Salutes US troops, Will Meet Ukrainians

March 26, 2022

(Chris Megerian and Darlene Superville - Associated Press)

President Joe Biden visited U.S. troops stationed near Poland's border with Ukraine on Friday and was getting a first hand look at the growing humanitarian response to the millions of Ukrainians who are fleeing to Poland to escape Russia's assault on their homeland.

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Putin's War in Ukraine Nearing Possibly More Dangerous Phase

March 26, 2022

(Robert Burns - Associated Press)

President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine is approaching a new, potentially more dangerous phase after a month of fighting has left Russian forces stalled by an outnumbered foe.

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Democrats Appear United on Jackson; GOP Votes may be Elusive

March 26, 2022

(Mary Clare Jalonick and Kevin Freking - Associated Press)

Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he plans to vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court, likely clearing the path for President Joe Biden's historic nominee to be confirmed.

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Activists Stage Global Climate Protest, Slam Ukraine War

March 26, 2022

(Frank Jordans - Associated Press)

Climate activists staged a 10th series of worldwide protests Friday to demand that leaders take stronger action against global warming, with some linking their environmental message to calls for an end to the war in Ukraine.

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Minneapolis Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement to End Strike

March 26, 2022

(Steve Karnowski - Associated Press)

Teachers in Minneapolis reached a tentative agreement early Friday to end a more than two-week strike over pay and other issues that idled some 29,000 students and around 4,500 educators and staff in one of Minnesota's largest school districts.

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What Made North Korea Test Giant New ICBM?

March 26, 2022

(Kim Tong-Hyung - Associated Press)

In firing an almost cartoonishly massive intercontinental ballistic missile into space, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has turned back the clock to the "fire and fury" days of 2017 as he revives nuclear brinkmanship aimed at pressuring the United States to accept his country as a nuclear power and remove crippling sanctions.

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Teen Falls to Death from Florida Amusement Park Ride

March 26, 2022

(Freida Frisaro and Mike Schneider - Associated Press)

A 14-year-old boy fell to his death late at night from a free-fall amusement park ride that is taller than the Statue of Liberty along a busy street in the heart of Orlando's tourist district.

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Senate Committee Wraps up Hearings on Jackson's Nomination

March 25, 2022

(Mary Clare Jalonick and Kevin Freking - Associated Press)

Legal experts praised Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in her final day of Senate hearings on Thursday, with a top lawyers' group saying its review found she has a "sterling" reputation, "exceptional" competence and is well qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

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Half of Ukraine's Children Flee War

March 25, 2022

(Cara Anna - Associated Press)

Russia's invasion has displaced half of Ukraine's children. On a hospital bed in a town close to the border with Poland, a little girl with a long blonde braid and dressed in pink is one of them.

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Ukraine Says Moscow is Forcibly Taking Civilians to Russia

March 25, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Cara Anna - Associated Press)

Ukraine accused Moscow on Thursday of forcibly taking hundreds of thousands of civilians from shattered Ukrainian cities to Russia, where some may be used as "hostages" to pressure Kyiv to give up.

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High from Hemp: States Wrestle with Chemically Made THC

March 25, 2022

(Gene Johnson - Associated Press)

Over the past few years, Jonny Griffis has invested millions of dollars in his legal marijuana farm in northern Michigan, which produces extracts to be used in things like gummy bears and vape oils.

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Dialing up Pressure, North Korea Tests Long-Range Missile

March 25, 2022

(Kim Tong-Hyung and Mari Yamaguchi - Associated Press)

North Korea test-fired possibly its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile toward the sea Thursday, according to its neighbors, raising the ante in a pressure campaign aimed at forcing the United States and other rivals to accept it as a nuclear power and remove crippling sanctions.

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NATO: 7,000 to 15,000 Russian Troops Dead in Ukraine

March 24, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Cara Anna - Associated Press)

NATO estimated on Wednesday that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in four weeks of war in Ukraine, where fierce resistance from the country's defenders has denied Moscow the lightning victory it sought.

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Biden Seeks New Sanctions, Help for Ukrainians in Europe

March 24, 2022

(Chris Megerian and Aamer Madhani - Associated Press)

With Europe facing its most precarious future since World War II, President Joe Biden will huddle with key allies in Brussels and Warsaw this week as they try to prevent Russia's war on Ukraine from spiraling into an even greater catastrophe.

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Supreme Court Hearings a Venue for Culture Wars

March 24, 2022

(Lisa Mascaro - Associated Press)

It's not just Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson who is being scrutinized.

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Madeleine Albright, 1st Female US Secretary of State, Dies

March 24, 2022

(Matthew Lee - Associated Press)

Madeleine Albright, a child refugee from Nazi- and then Soviet-dominated eastern Europe who rose to become the 1st female U.S. secretary of state and a mentor to many current and former American statesmen and women, has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday. She was 84.

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Idaho Governor Signs Abortion Ban Modeled on Texas Law

March 24, 2022

(Keith Ridler - Associated Press)

Idaho on Wednesday became the first state to enact a law modeled after a Texas statute banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and allowing it to be enforced through lawsuits to avoid constitutional court challenges.

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Taliban Break Promise on Higher Education for Afghan Girls

March 24, 2022

(Kathy Gannon - Associated Press)

Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unexpectedly decided against reopening schools Wednesday to girls above the sixth grade, reneging on a promise and opting to appease their hard-line base at the expense of further alienating the international community.

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Jackson Pushes Back on GOP Critics, Defends Record

March 23, 2022

(Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman - Associated Press)

Facing senators' questions for the first time, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson forcefully defended her record as a federal judge Tuesday and declared she will rule "from a position of neutrality" if she is confirmed as the first Black woman on the high court.

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Ukraine Retakes Key Kyiv Suburb - Battle for Mariupol Rages

March 23, 2022

(Nebi Qena and Cara Anna - Associated Press)

Ukrainian forces fought off continuing Russian efforts to occupy Mariupol and claimed to have retaken a strategic suburb of Kyiv on Tuesday, mounting a defense so dogged that it is stoking fears Russia's Vladimir Putin will escalate the war to new heights.

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Ukrainian Theater's New Drama? Making Dumplings for Soldiers

March 23, 2022

(Cara Anna - Associated Press)

The theater was empty. The seats were covered against dust. But it was a moment of drama that Alla Shkondina had prepared for all her life.

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Powerful Storm System Wallops Texas

March 23, 2022

(Acacia Coronado and Jill Bleed - Associated Press)

One person was killed and more than a dozen were injured when tornadoes tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, damaging a school, homes and businesses, officials said.

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Detroit Schools Aim to Catch Up, and Then Some, with US Aid

March 23, 2022

(Corey Williams - Associated Press)

For years, Laela Bullock moved to her own rhythm when it came to schoolwork. The switch to remote learning, if anything, brought a welcome break from fights in the hallways of the 15-year-old's Detroit school, but her grades still lagged.

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Wallets, IDs but No Survivors Found in China Eastern Crash

March 23, 2022

(Dake Kang and Ng Han Guan - Associated Press)

Mud-stained wallets. Bank cards. Official identity cards.

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Jackson Pledges to Decide Cases 'Without Fear or Favor'

March 22, 2022

(Mark Sherman and Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press)

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is telling senators she would defend the Constitution and decide cases "without fear or favor" if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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Ukraine Rejects Russian Demand for Surrender in Mariupol

March 22, 2022

(Cara Anna - Associated Press)

Ukrainian officials defiantly rejected a Russian demand that their forces in Mariupol lay down their arms and raise white flags Monday in exchange for safe passage out of the besieged port city.

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Ukrainian Refugees Speak of Bombs, Half-Empty Cities, Hunger

March 22, 2022

(Srdjan Nedeljkovic and David Keyton - Associated Press)

Yulia Bondarieva spent 10 days in a basement as Russian planes flew over and bombs were falling on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

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