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House dems reach agreement to lower prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House say that paid family and medical leave will be placed back into their $1.75 trillion social and environmental spending bill. Democrats also say they have sealed a deal to lower pharmaceutical drug costs…

Feds seek tougher sentences for veterans who stormed Capitol

(AP) -- Federal judges have a thorny question to consider when they sentence military veterans who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January. Do they deserve leniency because they served their country or tougher punishment because they swore an oath to…

US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

US health officials have given the final OK to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead Tuesday night. The announcement came only hours after a…

American Music Awards get Cardi B to host the show this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardi B has won five American Music Awards and performed on the telecast during her career so far. Next step: hosting the show. The rapper behind such hits as “Bodak Yellow” and “Money” has been tapped…

Supreme Court won't hear case involving transgender rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to wade into a case involving transgender rights and leaving in place a lower court decision against a Catholic hospital that wouldn’t allow a transgender man to have a hysterectomy there. The…

Facebook to shut down face-recognition system, delete data

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Facebook said it will shut down its face-recognition system and delete faceprints of more than 1 billion people. The unexpected announcement, delivered with little fanfare in a blog post published Tuesday, represents an abrupt about-face for…

Prosecutor says Rittenhouse instigated Kenosha bloodshed

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Opening statements have begun in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot three people during a protest against racial injustice on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled from…

Supreme Court questions controversial Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of the Supreme Court are signaling that they would allow abortion providers to pursue a court challenge to a Texas law that has virtually ended abortion in the nation’s second-largest state after six weeks of…

'19 Kids and Counting' father running for Arkansas Senate

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Jim Bob Duggar, whose large family was featured in the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” has announced he’s running for a seat in the Arkansas Senate. Duggar, who previously served in the Arkansas House,…

Police: 1 killed, 9 wounded at Halloween party in Texas

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Police in eastern Texas say a shooting at a Halloween party left one man dead and nine other people wounded. Texarkana police say in a news release that the shooting happened late Saturday at an event…