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FILE - Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 21, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Jackson confirmed as first Black female U.S. Supreme Court justice

Jackson, a 51 year-old appeals court judge with nine years experience, was confirmed 53-47

 

FILE - U.S. District Judge Judith Levy speaks as she address one of 15 Flint residents objecting to the $641-million Flint water crisis settlement at Genesee County Circuit Court, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Flint, Mich. Jury selection starts Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in a trial to determine if engineering contractors bear responsibility for lead-contaminated water in Flint. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)

Flint water crisis trial will test contractors’ liability

Trial could last weeks in federal court

  • Feb 14, 2022

 

After Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at a news conference regarding her support for unions and asking Starbucks to stop union busting, Starbucks workers from Buffalo, New York; Boston, Seattle and others march in front of Starbucks’ corporate headquarters on Jan. 25, 2022. Ellen M. Banner | Seattle Times | TNS

Young workers give unions new hope

Multiple polls show union approval is high

  • Feb 13, 2022

 

This combination photo shows, from left, Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” and Sean Hannity, host of “Hannity” on Fox News. Several conservative media figures in the United States, including Carlson and Hannity, have taken up the cause of Canadian truckers who have occupied parts of Ottawa and blocked border crossings to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates. (AP Photo/File)

US conservative figures cheer on Canadian trucker protest

American protest could begin in Southern California as early as this weekend

This combination photo shows, from left, Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” and Sean Hannity, host of “Hannity” on Fox News. Several conservative media figures in the United States, including Carlson and Hannity, have taken up the cause of Canadian truckers who have occupied parts of Ottawa and blocked border crossings to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates. (AP Photo/File)
Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 ballistic missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. China on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies the U.S. says exported missile technology and accused the United States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China criticizes US missile sanctions as hypocrisy

Cruise missiles regarded as among China’s strengths in weapons technology

  • Jan 21, 2022
Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 ballistic missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. China on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies the U.S. says exported missile technology and accused the United States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
FILE - An Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 11, 2019. Airlines across the world, including the long-haul carrier Emirates, rushed Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2021 to cancel or change flights heading into the U.S. over an ongoing dispute about the rollout of 5G mobile phone technology near American airports. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Airlines worldwide rush to change flights over US 5G problem

Signal strength of 5G towers part of the problem

  • Jan 19, 2022
FILE - An Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 11, 2019. Airlines across the world, including the long-haul carrier Emirates, rushed Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2021 to cancel or change flights heading into the U.S. over an ongoing dispute about the rollout of 5G mobile phone technology near American airports. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)
FILE - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and head of delegation Sergey Ryabkov attends a Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference in Beijing of the UN Security Council’s five permanent members (P5) China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, China, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Ryabkov outlined Moscow’s demands for security guarantees excluding NATO’s membership for Ukraine and other Russian neighbors and the deployments of weapons there. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia, US hold working dinner to open Geneva talks

United States and other Western allies have pledged ‘severe costs’ if Russia moves against Ukraine

  • Jan 10, 2022
FILE - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and head of delegation Sergey Ryabkov attends a Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference in Beijing of the UN Security Council’s five permanent members (P5) China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, China, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Ryabkov outlined Moscow’s demands for security guarantees excluding NATO’s membership for Ukraine and other Russian neighbors and the deployments of weapons there. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - The Supreme Court is seen at dusk in Washington, Oct. 22, 2021. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 7, 2022, on challenges to whether the Biden administration can order millions of workers at private companies and health care employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Until the court rules, millions of workers face a patchwork of requirements depending on where they live. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supreme Court weighs vaccine rules affecting more than 80M

Challengers argue vaccine rules exceed administration’s authority

  • Jan 7, 2022
FILE - The Supreme Court is seen at dusk in Washington, Oct. 22, 2021. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 7, 2022, on challenges to whether the Biden administration can order millions of workers at private companies and health care employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Until the court rules, millions of workers face a patchwork of requirements depending on where they live. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - Members of Congress shelter in the House gallery as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

‘We were trapped’: Trauma of Jan. 6 lingers for lawmakers

Lawmakers were finally taken to safety about an hour after siege began

  • Jan 5, 2022
FILE - Members of Congress shelter in the House gallery as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
FILE - Women’s March ATX rally, Saturday, Oct., 2, 2021, at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. An expected decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming year to severely restrict abortion rights or overturn Roe v. Wade entirely is setting off a renewed round of abortion battles in state legislatures. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman, File)

State legislatures in U.S. poised to act on abortion rights

Efforts to further restrict access not just coming from traditionally conservative parts of U.S.

  • Dec 28, 2021
FILE - Women’s March ATX rally, Saturday, Oct., 2, 2021, at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. An expected decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming year to severely restrict abortion rights or overturn Roe v. Wade entirely is setting off a renewed round of abortion battles in state legislatures. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman, File)
Russian President Vladimir Putin during his talks with U.S. President Joe Biden in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is part of the backdrop of Biden’s Summit for Democracy, which begins Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

With Taiwan, Ukraine and Jan. 6 as backdrop, U.S. hosts global Summit for Democracy

Blinken calls Chinese incursion into Taiwan ’potentially disastrous decision’

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his talks with U.S. President Joe Biden in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is part of the backdrop of Biden’s Summit for Democracy, which begins Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
A poll worker talks to a voter before they vote on a paper ballot on Election Day in Atlanta on November 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Brynn Anderson

U.S., where democracy is under siege, hosts global two-day summit on … democracy

‘Voting itself has become a fundamental partisan dividing line in the United States’

A poll worker talks to a voter before they vote on a paper ballot on Election Day in Atlanta on November 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Brynn Anderson
FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. China is threatening to take “firm countermeasures” if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February’s Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Zhao on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, accused U.S. politicians of grandstanding over the issue of not sending dignitaries to attend the events that China hopes will showcase its economic development. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

‘The U.S. will pay a price for its practices’

  • Dec 7, 2021
FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. China is threatening to take “firm countermeasures” if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February’s Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Zhao on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, accused U.S. politicians of grandstanding over the issue of not sending dignitaries to attend the events that China hopes will showcase its economic development. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
International Trade Minister Mary Ng rises during question period in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Ng met virtually Tuesday with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to talk about a number of festering trade irritants, including Canada’s “significant concern” with a proposed tax credit for electric vehicles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
International Trade Minister Mary Ng rises during question period in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Ng met virtually Tuesday with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to talk about a number of festering trade irritants, including Canada’s “significant concern” with a proposed tax credit for electric vehicles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Travellers pushing luggage on carts walk through Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. By early next week, Canadians and all other foreign visitors who travel to the United States by air will need to get a COVID-19 test no later than the day before their departure.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

U.S. to require all inbound foreign air passengers to get COVID test the day before

For now Canada has exempted U.S. visitors from its stringent new rules

Travellers pushing luggage on carts walk through Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. By early next week, Canadians and all other foreign visitors who travel to the United States by air will need to get a COVID-19 test no later than the day before their departure.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique team members, left, evaluate oil coverage as a hand crew worker scraps areas affected by an oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A proposal to replace a pipeline near Santa Barbara that was shut down in 2015 after causing California’s worst coastal oil spill in 25 years is inching through a government review, even as the state moves toward banning gas-powered vehicles and oil drilling. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Oil pipeline planned even as California moves away from gas

Project faces numerous hurdles

  • Dec 1, 2021
FILE - Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique team members, left, evaluate oil coverage as a hand crew worker scraps areas affected by an oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A proposal to replace a pipeline near Santa Barbara that was shut down in 2015 after causing California’s worst coastal oil spill in 25 years is inching through a government review, even as the state moves toward banning gas-powered vehicles and oil drilling. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
FILE - Storage tanks are shown at a refinery in Detroit, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The White House on Tuesday said it had ordered 50 million barrels of oil released from strategic reserve to bring down energy costs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Many environmentalists back Biden’s move to tap oil reserve

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is an emergency stockpile in the U.S.

  • Nov 24, 2021
FILE - Storage tanks are shown at a refinery in Detroit, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The White House on Tuesday said it had ordered 50 million barrels of oil released from strategic reserve to bring down energy costs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US to require vaccines for all border crossers in January

About 47 million adults in the U.S. remain unvaccinated

  • Nov 24, 2021
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Investigators look at if parade crash driver fleeing crime

‘There were small children laying all over the road’

  • Nov 22, 2021
Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, model Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

About 80 thieves ransack department store near San Francisco

Three people were arrested while the majority got away

  • Nov 21, 2021
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, model Cara Delevingne wears a creation for Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)