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 2021-03-06 16:06 

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Pandemic forces route change, other precautions for Iditarod...

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Traveling across the rugged, unforgiving and roadless Alaska terrain is already hard enough, but whatever comforts mushers previously had in the world's most famous sled dog race will be cast aside this year due to the p...

 2021-03-06 15:25 

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Key events since George Floyd's arrest and death...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25 — Two Minneapolis police officers respond to a call of a possible forgery shortly after 8 p.m...

 2021-03-06 15:08 

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Officer's trial could reopen intersection where Floyd died...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — During a group's recent meeting at the now-vacant Speedway gas station near where George Floyd died, children roasted marshmallows on a fire pit while adults discussed topics ranging from activism to snow removal. "Black j...

 2021-03-06 14:34 

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USDA relocations curtail ag research, farmer confidence...

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than a year after two U.S. Department of Agriculture research agencies were moved from the nation's capital to Kansas City, Missouri, forcing a mass exodus of employees who couldn't or didn't want to move h...

 2021-03-06 14:33 

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The Latest: Iraqi PM declares National Day of Coexistence...

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq, aimed at rallying the country's dwindling Christian community after decades of war and unrest (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Iraq's prime minister has declared M...

 2021-03-06 14:28 

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Open spaces, no pharmacies: rural US confronts vaccine void...

SURRY, Va. (AP) — When Charlome Pierce searched where her 96-year-old father could get a COVID-19 vaccine in January, she found zero options anywhere near their home in Virginia. The lone medical clinic in Surry County had none, and the last pharmac...

 2021-03-06 14:23 

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Italian prosecutor seeks life for US men charged with murder...

ROME (AP) — An Italian prosecutor on Saturday requested life in prison for two young American men charged with slaying an Italian police officer in central Rome. Prosecutor Maria Sabina Calabretta asked the court to find the two defendants — F...

 2021-03-06 14:00 

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Biden getting 1st shot at making mark on federal judiciary...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has two seats to fill on theinfluential appeals court in the nation's capital that regularly feeds judges to the Supreme Court. They are among the roughly 10% of federal judgeships that are or will soon be o...

 2021-03-06 13:48 

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Bye, Bismarck: 144 cities could lose status as metro areas...

Bye-bye, Bismarck. So long, Sheboygan. Those cities in North Dakota and Wisconsin, respectively, are two of 144 that the federal government is proposing to downgrade from the metropolitan statistical area designation, and it could be more than just a matt...

 2021-03-06 13:31 

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State panel: Giving inmates vaccine could be 'PR nightmare'...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee advisory panel tasked with deciding in what order residents should receive the COVID-19 vaccine acknowledged that prison inmates in the state were high-risk, but concluded that prioritizing them for inoculation co...

 2021-03-06 11:49 

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Vaxi Taxi targets vaccine anxiety as UK minority uptake lags...

LONDON (AP) — The Vaxi Taxi was a godsend for Leslie Reid. The 48-year-old stagehand wanted to get a COVID-19 shot, but he was worried about riding public transport to the vaccination center because his immune system had been weakened by a bout with...

 2021-03-06 08:21 

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Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe...

MILAN (AP) — The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members had tested positive. Genetic analysis confirmed wha...

 2021-03-06 08:21 

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Fighting Biden virus aid, GOP rekindles Obama-era strategy...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have one goal for President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package: to erode public support for the rescue plan by portraying it as too big, too bloated and too much wasteful public spending for a pandemi...

 2021-03-06 07:00 

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Manchin, key Senate swing vote, boosts West Virginia's hopes...

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has long proclaimed itself "Almost Heaven," a nod to a song and soaring mountaintop vistas. Now some joke the state name-checked in "Take Me Home, Country Roads" could take things up a notch as ...

 2021-03-06 06:33 

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Diplomats: UN fails to approve call to end Tigray violence...

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An attempt to get U.N. Security Council approval for a statement calling for an end to violence in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region and to spotlight the millions in need of humanitarian assistance was dropped Friday night...

 2021-03-06 06:15 

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Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action...

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar again used force Saturday to disperse anti-coup protesters, a day after the U.N. special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell junta violence that this week left about 50 peaceful ...

 2021-03-06 06:10 

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Shiite powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today's Iraq...

One highlight of Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq is his meeting Saturday with a revered religious leader for Shiite Muslims, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Francis has spent years trying to improve Christian relations with Muslims and has alread...

 2021-03-06 06:04 

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Pope Francis meets with top Shiite cleric in Iraq...

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis is set to meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq's holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace ...

 2021-03-06 05:25 

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Biden White House: keeping control of the daily message...

WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer...

 2021-03-06 05:11 

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California OKs reopening of ball parks, Disneyland...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening-day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after coronavirus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots. The state on Friday relaxed g...

 2021-03-06 05:11 

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Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief bill OK in sight...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by th...

 2021-03-06 02:56 

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Biden White House: message discipline, no news conference...

WASHINGTON (AP) — No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer...

 2021-03-06 01:45 

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US says it will reduce detention of immigrant families...

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities will no longer use a small Pennsylvania detention center to hold parents and children seeking asylum, part of a broader shift by President Joe Biden's administration to reduce the use of family detenti...

 2021-03-06 01:07 

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Judge dismisses lawsuit by Democratic AGs to recognize ERA...

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by three Democratic state attorneys general that had sought to force the federal government to recognize Virginia's vote last year to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and add it to the Constitution....

 2021-03-06 00:32 

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Israel postpones drive to vaccinate Palestinian workers...

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Friday postponed plans to vaccinate Palestinians who work inside the country and its West Bank settlements until further notice. COGAT, the Israeli military agency coordinating day-to-day affairs with the Palestinian Autho...

 2021-03-06 00:27 

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Students at Brigham Young make rainbow light display on 'Y'...

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Students at Brigham Young University illuminated the letter "Y" on a mountain overlooking the Provo campus on Thursday with rainbow colors in a display meant to send a message to the religious school. The light display on ...

 2021-03-05 23:14 

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New California law aims to put kids in class. Will it work?...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's public schools can tap into $6.6 billion in a plan Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday to try to pressure districts to reopen classrooms by the end of March. Educators, parents and lawmakers question w...

 2021-03-05 22:07 

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NASA's new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after landing on the re...

 2021-03-05 22:01 

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Police investigate pepper spraying of mother near toddler...

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative duty after using pepper spray on a woman suspected of shoplifting who tried to escape with her 3-year-old child in her arms, authorities said Friday. Video of the Fe...

 2021-03-05 21:54 

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Dems draw on civil rights history to push Amazon union vote...

BESSEMER, Alabama (AP) — Some Democratic members of Congress and national union leaders on Friday sought to rustle up support for unionizing a massive Amazon facility outside Birmingham, comparing Alabama workers' organizing campaign to the civi...

 2021-03-05 21:54 

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Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread...

NEW YORK (AP) — A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that allowing dining at restaurants can increase cases and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the s...

 2021-03-05 21:19 

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Wyoming governor quietly mobilized Guard troops in Cheyenne...

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — While the Wyoming National Guard was sending more than 100 troops to Washington, D.C., to help with security around President Joe Biden's inauguration in January, Gov. Mark Gordon quietly mobilized dozens of Guard troops an...

 2021-03-05 21:13 

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US to open more beds for immigrant children as numbers rise...

HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is instructing long-term facilities that hold immigrant children to lift capacity restrictions enacted during the coronavirus pandemic to open up much-needed beds in a system facing sharply inc...

 2021-03-05 20:55 

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Africa welcomes COVAX doses but warns against 'selfishness'...

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Urgent calls for COVID-19 vaccine fairness rang through African countries on Friday as more welcomed or rolled out doses from the global COVAX initiative, with officials acutely aware their continent needs much more. "Rich...

 2021-03-05 19:45 

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Journal's 'appalling' racism podcast, tweet prompt outcry...

A prominent medical journal's provocative tweet was meant to prompt interest in a podcast on racism. Instead, the Twitter post and the podcast stoked backlash and admonishment from the doctors' group that publishes the journal. The tweet from the ...

 2021-03-05 19:29 

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New SC abortion law remains on hold under judge's order...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new South Carolina law banning abortions will stay on hold following a judge's order on Friday to extend a temporary restraining order. U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis' extension runs through March 19. Her origi...

 2021-03-05 19:18 

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St. Louis-area mom, 2 children killed; baby taken, but safe...

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area man fatally shot his estranged wife and two of her children before fleeing with the couple's baby, who was later found safe, and then killed himself hours later on Friday as officers closed in on him, authoritie...

 2021-03-05 18:54 

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Alaska Native group, Neiman Marcus settle lawsuit over coat...

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native cultural organization and the luxury department store Nieman Marcus have settled a lawsuit over the sale of a coat with a copyrighted, geometric design borrowed from Indigenous culture. The Sealaska Heritage In...

 2021-03-05 18:39 

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EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the February jobs report...

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's job market delivered a surprising burst of strength in February. It lifted hopes that the rollout of viral vaccines, the distribution of federal aid and the increasing willingness and ability of consumers to go out an...

 2021-03-05 18:34 

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Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 still wait for advice...

More than 27 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from federal health officials for what they should and shouldn't do. The Biden administration said Friday it's focused on getting the gu...

 2021-03-05 18:06 

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Antivirus software creator charged with cheating investors...

NEW YORK (AP) — Antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee was indicted on fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges alleging that he and cohorts made over $13 million by fooling investors zealous over the emerging cryptocurrency market, author...

 2021-03-05 17:50 

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Detroit mayor turned down J&J vaccine in favor of others...

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Detroit this week turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, with Mayor Mike Duggan favoring shots from Pfizer and Moderna for now. "Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Mode...

 2021-03-05 17:44 

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The Latest: WH: Mass vaccine sites in Atlanta, Cleveland...

WASHINGTON — The White House says two new mass vaccination sites will soon be open, in Atlanta and Cleveland, each with the ability to provide 6,000 daily coronavirus shots. Coronavirus special adviser Andy Slavitt says the FEMA-supported centers wi...

 2021-03-05 17:27 

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3rd-degree murder count could be reinstated in Floyd's death...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a judge to reconsider adding a third-degree murder charge against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, handing a potential victory to prosecutors...

 2021-03-05 16:54 

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UN envoy calls for urgent action to reverse Myanmar coup...

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar called Friday for urgent Security Council action to reverse Myanmar's military coup, saying about 50 peaceful protesters were killed in the military's worst crackdowns this week and sc...

 2021-03-05 16:16 

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Trump State Department aide charged with assault at Capitol...

A former State Department aide in President Donald Trump's administration has been charged with participating in the deadly siege at the Capitol and assaulting officers who were trying to guard the building, court papers show. It's the first known...

 2021-03-05 15:45 

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January 2022 trial set for IS militants nicknamed 'Beatles'...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia has tentatively scheduled a January 2022 trial for two Britain militants charged with being part of an Islamic State group that tortured and beheaded American and European hostages in Syria. A jury ...

 2021-03-05 15:40 

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Ex-chief: Dallas cop kept on job to not tip him off to probe...

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Police Department allowed an officer to continue patrolling for more than a year while investigating whether he ordered two people to be killed because it didn't want to tip him off, the city's former police chief sa...

 2021-03-05 15:20 

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As other states close prisons, Nebraska may build a big one...

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Across the nation officials are closing prisons as crime rates drop and views about drug use change, but not in Nebraska, where the governor is pushing for a new $230 million prison to relieve overcrowding and house a steadily ris...

 2021-03-05 15:03 

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1 of 2 teens in Slender Man stabbing to ask for release...

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of the teens convicted of stabbing a classmate to please the fictional internet horror character Slender Man is expected to ask for release from a Wisconsin mental health facility. Anissa Weier, 19, is scheduled to appear W...

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