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  • 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.
  • AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST

    US job growth likely rose in February in rebound from slump
  • Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

    DALLAS - A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder, more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer's instruction in 2017, authorities said.

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