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  • Senate works through night, virus aid on path to passage

    WASHINGTON - Bleary-eyed lawmakers worked through a mountain of amendments Saturday as the Senate plodded toward passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that President Joe Biden and Democrats say is crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic.
  • Lebanon's caretaker PM warns of chaos as currency plunges

    BEIRUT - Lebanon's caretaker prime minister warned Saturday that the country was quickly headed toward chaos and appealed to politicians to put aside differences in order form a new government that can attract desperately needed foreign assistance.
  • Officer's trial could reopen intersection where Floyd died

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

    Bye-bye, Bismarck. So long, Sheboygan.
  • The Latest: Iraqi PM declares National Day of Coexistence

    PLAINS OF UR, Iraq - 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):
  • Open spaces, no pharmacies: rural US confronts vaccine void

    SURRY, Va. - 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 pharmacy in an area with roughly 6,500 residents and more land mass than Chicago closed years ago.
  • Italian prosecutor seeks life for US men charged with murder

    ROME - An Italian prosecutor on Saturday requested life in prison for two young American men charged with slaying an Italian police officer in central Rome.
  • Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action

    YANGON, Myanmar - Security forces in Myanmar again used force Saturday to disperse anti-coup protesters, a day after a U.N. special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell junta violence that this past week left more than 50 peaceful demonstrators dead and scores injured.
  • Running crew celebrates Black culture on foot

    BALTIMORE - A little past 8 a.m. on a recent Sunday, a group of Baltimore runners stopped partway through their route, near the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues, at the Black Arts District. They posed for a picture at the Arch Social Club, where a mural honours Charm City artists like Billie Holiday and Ta-Nehisi Coates. One of the leaders talked about Baltimore’s famous entertainers and the city’s authors while pointing out Everyone’s Place, a Black-owned mom and pop bookstore.
  • The Latest: Europe records 1M coronavirus cases last week

    MILAN — Europe recorded 1 million new coronavirus cases last week, an increase of 9% from the previous week and a reversal that ended a six-week decline, according to the World Health Organization.

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