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  • Guatemala woman, 23, is among 13 killed in California crash

    EL CENTRO, Calif. - One of the 13 people killed when the SUV smuggling them into California hit a tractor-trailer was a 23-year-old woman who was fleeing violence in Guatemala for the hope of a better life, family members said.
  • Pro-Beijing committee to elect some Hong Kong legislators

    BEIJING - A senior Chinese official says the largely pro-Beijing committee that currently elects the Hong Kong's leader will also elect some members of the city's legislature, as part of Beijing's planned revamp of Hong Kong's electoral system.
  • Amid pandemic, pope goes to Iraq to rally fading Christians

    BAGHDAD - Pope Francis heads to Iraq on Friday to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to make his first-ever papal visit.
  • Resisting pressure, Alabama governor extends mask order

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has faced political pressure and angry constituents over her state’s mask order during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • China sets growth target 'over 6%,' tightening HK control

    BEIJING - China’s No. 2 leader set a healthy economic growth target Friday and vowed to make this nation self-reliant in technology amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade and human rights. Another official announced plans to tighten control over Hong Kong by reducing the public's role in government.
  • Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths

    NEW YORK - Top aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo altered a state Health Department report to obscure the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday.
  • Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay

    WASHINGTON - Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has appealed to congressional leaders to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
  • Elijah McClain's mom says his death sparked push for change

    DENVER - Sheneen McClain is not always hopeful but thinks it's possible the death of her son Elijah McClain could create change.
  • Georgia GOP leaders who stood up to Trump back voting bills

    ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won wide praise last fall for firmly rejecting then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. But now that those claims have spawned an effort to tighten voting laws — one that could affect their political fortunes — the two Republicans are taking a softer approach.
  • California to give 40% of vaccine to Latino, high-risk areas

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will begin sending 40% of all vaccine doses to the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in the state to try to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday in the latest shake-up to the state's rules.

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