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Deal on Biden’s $2 trillion plan edges closer; Harris is `confident’

A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress' top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and deter...

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Watchdog says ‘substantial reason to believe’ that congressman’s wife used insider info in stock trade

A congressional ethics watchdog has concluded there is “substantial reason to believe” that the wife of Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly used nonpublic information gained through her husband's position in Congress to purchase ...

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of illegal-campaign-contribution charges

One part of the case alleged that Parnas and an associate made illegal donations through a corporate entity to Republican political committees in 2018, including a $325,000 donation to America First Action, a super PAC sup...

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Romania reinforces pandemic restrictions as hospitals struggle and vaccinations remain low

Doctor Petruta Filip is working 100-hour weeks at a Bucharest hospital which, like hospitals throughout Romania, is struggling under an onslaught of COVID-19 patients in a country with worryingly low vaccination rates.

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Israel outlaws Palestinian rights groups, citing anti-terrorism laws

Israel on Friday effectively outlawed six prominent Palestinian human rights groups by declaring them terrorist organizations, a major escalation of its decades-long crackdown on political activism in the occupied territor...

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McAuliffe-Youngkin race for Virginia governor emerges as early test of Black turnout ahead of midterms

Polls have consistently shown Democrat Terry McAuliffe with the overwhelming support of Black Virginians, but victory may hinge on whether this core part of his base shows up in strong numbers to vote.

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Orthodox Church’s top patriarch to meet with Biden during a 12-day visit to U.S.

The spiritual leader of the world’s 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians brings an agenda spanning religious, political and environmental issues to a 12-day U.S. visit beginning Saturday that includes a meeting with Pre...

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Brooklyn lawyer pair pleads guilty to torching empty New York City police car amid George Floyd protest

Urooj Rahman, 32, and Colinford Mattis, 34, could get up to 10 years in prison at sentencing next year on a charge of possessing or making a destructive device.

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Right-wing Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pays out promised $25,000 bounty over illegal voting — by a registered Republican

Pennsylvania poll watcher, a Democrat, reported a 72-year-old Republican casting votes in his own name and on behalf of his son last November.

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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over Texas abortion law

The Supreme Court is not immediately blocking the Texas law that bans most abortions, but has agreed to hear arguments in the case in early November.

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U.S. budget deficit for 2021 declines from 2020’s all-time high above $3 trillion

The 2021 gap of $2.77 trillion, while $360 billion narrower than 2020's $3.13 trillion, is the second widest on record.

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U.S. intel warns China could soon take over advanced technologies

U.S. officials issued new warnings Friday about China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over heal...

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Japan OKs plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon

Japan adopted a new energy policy on Friday that promotes nuclear and renewables as sources of clean energy to achieve the country’s pledge of reaching carbon neutrality in 2050.

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Mumbai movie theaters reopen after 18 months as virus restrictions ease

Movie theaters in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai reopened on Friday after more than 18 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the last of the many virus restrictions to go amid a decline in infections.

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Ethiopian airstrikes in Tigray force UN humanitarian flight to turn back

Ethiopian military airstrikes on Friday forced a United Nations humanitarian flight to abandon its landing in the capital of the country’s Tigray region, aid workers said, and a government spokesman confirmed that authorit...

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Millionaire Robert Durst charged with 1982 murder of wife Kathie Durst

Millionaire real estate scion Robert Durst has been charged in suburban New York City with the death of his former wife, Kathie Durst, who vanished in 1982, authorities confirmed Friday.

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House votes to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt

The House voted Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrect...

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Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective in kids 5 to 11

Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinat...

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Queen Elizabeth spent the night in a London hospital earlier this week

Buckingham Palace confirms report, saying the 95-year-old monarch had since returned to Windsor Castle.

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China says ‘no room’ for compromise or concessions over Taiwan after Biden’s comments

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reasserted China's longstanding claim that the island is its territory at a daily briefing after Biden made his comment a day before at a forum hosted by CNN.