Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws' architect says it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

  Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder says Republicans can win statewide despite losses in recent years

  Chief: Capitol police were unsure about using force Jan. 6

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

  Biden orders a review of US supply chains for vital goods

  CIA nominee pledges to provide ‘unvarnished’ intelligence

  Tanden facing new hurdles after Senate panels delay meetings

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  Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

USPS reveals new, greener mail truck for use starting in 2023

  More policy, less pomp as Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death

South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash

  HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

Becerra, now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, will be grilled by two panels.

  Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund described a scene that was “like nothing” he had seen in his 30 years of policing.

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senators voted 78-20 to confirm Thomas-Greenfield to the post, which will be a Cabinet-level position.

Vilsack confirmed for 2nd stint as US agriculture secretary

The former Iowa governor spent eight years leading the same department for former President Barack Obama’s entire administration.

  Interior nominee Haaland questioned on drilling, pipelines

  Fed’s Powell: Recovery incomplete, high inflation unlikely

  AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter raises $90 million in 2020

  What NY prosecutors could learn from Trump’s tax records

In Rush Limbaugh’s home state, a flap over lowering flags

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

  Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general

A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support.

  Daughters of Malcolm X react to possible new evidence in his assassination

The civil rights activist was fatally shot in 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom in New York.

  Supreme Court won’t halt turnover of Trump’s tax records

The cases the justices rejected involved election challenges filed by former President Donald Trump and his allies in five states President Joe Biden won: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Dominion Voting Systems sues ‘MyPillow Guy’ for $1.3 billion

Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday against the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow, saying that Mike Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election.

Rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad, no casualties

Iraq’s army says three rockets have been fired at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone without causing any casualties.

Podcast odd couple: Obama, Springsteen in Spotify series

The first two episodes of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a conversation recorded in Springsteen’s guitar-filled home studio in New Jersey, were made available on Monday.

  Biden boosts pandemic lending to smallest businesses

President Joe Biden announced changes Monday to target more federal pandemic assistance to the nation’s smallest businesses and ventures owned by women and people of color.

  Supreme Court won’t halt turnover of Trump’s tax records

In a significant defeat for former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a New York state prosecutor.

  US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stands at the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

UN nuclear chief says Iran to grant ‘less access’ to program

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog says that Iran will begin offering its inspectors “less access” but will still allow the agency to monitor its atomic program.

  Snubbed as Obama high court pick, Garland in line to be AG

The once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden’s choice for attorney general.

Trump to speak at CPAC in first post-White House appearance

Donald Trump will be making his first post-presidential appearance at a conservative gathering in Florida next weekend.

New legislation would protect drivers who hit protesters

Legislators in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah and about a dozen other states have introduced new counterprotest measures.

  Biden declares major disaster in Texas as federal aid flows

Biden says he hopes to travel to Texas next week, but he doesn't want his presence to distract from the recovery.

US sanctions over pipeline from Russia deemed lacking by GOP

Like the Trump administration before it, the Biden administration is opposed to the pipeline because it believes it will harm European energy security.

  Biden defends progress on COVID as weather delays 6M shots

The president was set to meet with workers at the plant who are producing one of the two federally-approved COVID-19 shots.

  Biden declares ‘America is back’ in welcome words to allies

President Joe Biden's turn on the world stage comes as the U.S. on Friday officially rejoins the Paris climate agreement, the largest international effort to curb global warming.

  Back in Paris pact, US faces tougher climate steps ahead

World leaders say they expect America to prove its seriousness after four years of being pretty much absent.

Pentagon chief urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence

Afghanistan is shaping up as a major national security dilemma for President Joe Biden’s fledgling national security team.

Judge says lawyer who killed her son also tracked Sotomayor

When Roy Den Hollander was found dead, he had a document with him with information about a dozen female judges from across the country, half of whom are Latina.

Biden repudiates Trump on Iran, ready for talks on nuke deal

The Biden administration says it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers about a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

  US lets in asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico, ends Trump policy

The number of asylum-seekers coming in initially will be very limited, beginning Friday at a border crossing in San Diego and expanding to Brownsville, Texas, on Monday and El Paso, Texas, next Friday.

  ‘Obviously a mistake’: Cruz returns from Cancun after uproar

The revelation opens Cruz to significant criticism in Texas and beyond as he contemplates the possibility of a second presidential run in 2024. The two-term senator’s current term expires in early 2025.

Robinhood CEO defends actions in GameStop saga at hearing

The episode has been portrayed as a victory of the little guy over Wall Street titans, but not everyone is buying it. Lawmakers from both parties are among the skeptics.

US says it’s ready to join talks to resume Iran nuclear deal

The State Department said the U.S. would accept an invitation from the European Union to attend a meeting of the participants in the original agreement.

South Dakota’s AG charged with 3 misdemeanors in fatal crash

Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Republican attorney general, has been charged with misdemeanor careless driving after he struck and killed a man with his car.

  Democrats consider piecemeal approach to immigration reform

The plan offers one of the fastest pathways to citizenship of any proposed measure in recent years but without offering any enhanced border security, a priority for Republicans.

Ivanka Trump tells Rubio she won’t run for his Senate seat

Ivanka Trump will not be running for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022 as she settles into life after Washington.

Bob Dole says he’s been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer

Former Sen. Bob Dole announced Thursday that he has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

SC governor signs abortion ban; Planned Parenthood sues

Planned Parenthood was filing a lawsuit Thursday against a bill that would ban most abortions in South Carolina, effectively stopping the measure from going into effect even as the governor was scheduled to sign it into law at a public statehouse ceremony.

  US needs to brace itself for more deadly storms, experts say

This week’s storms — with more still heading east — fit a pattern of worsening extremes under climate change and demonstrate anew that local, state and federal officials have failed to do nearly enough to prepare for greater and more dangerous weather.

US charges North Korean computer programmers in global hacks

The Justice Department has charged three North Korean computer programmers in a broad range of global hacks, including a destructive attack targeting an American movie studio and an extortion scheme aimed at stealing more than $1.3 billion from banks, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  Biden backs studying reparations as Congress considers bill

Joe Biden captured the Democratic presidential nomination and ultimately the White House with the strong support of Black voters.

US govt seizes roughly 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

Nearly a year into the pandemic, fraud remains a major problem as scammers seek to exploit hospitals and desperate Americans.

  Son of conservative activist charged in Capitol riot

Leo Brent Bozell IV, of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, was charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct in a newly unsealed FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.

  Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?

The administration has cast its campaign to raise the minimum as a way to lift up millions of the working poor, reduce America’s vast financial inequality and help boost the economy.

  Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ has died

Rush Limbaugh, the influential conservative talk radio host, has died at the age of 70.

  Government rushes virus gene-mapping as mutations spread

On Wednesday, the White House announced a scaled up push by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and by a U.S. Army biodefense institute. But the more significant action is on Capitol Hill.

  Texas blackouts fuel false claims about renewable energy

Some wind turbine generators were iced, but nearly twice as much power was wiped out at natural gas and coal plants.

  Pentagon rethinking how to array forces to focus on China

The Biden administration faces a conundrum as it rethinks the positioning of military forces around the world: How to focus more on China and Russia without retreating from longstanding Mideast threats — and to make this shift with potentially leaner Pentagon budgets.

  Biden optimistic on reopening of elementary schools

Biden has said going too small with the coronavirus package would be far riskier than going too big.

  White House relaunches Snapchat account

On Tuesday, the Biden administration relaunched the account with a message from the president talking about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump slams McConnell as GOP divide deepens post-impeachment

Former President Donald Trump has issued a blistering statement denouncing the top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, as a “political hack” who will make sure the party “will not win again."

  Impeachment over, Congress shifts focus to security failures

The Senate has announced its first hearings to examine the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol, calling in the former chief of Capitol Police and the former heads of security for the House and Senate, all three of whom resigned immediately after the attack.

  Democratic congressman’s lawsuit accuses Trump of inciting deadly Capitol riot

A Democratic congressman accused Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit on Tuesday of inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and of conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups to try to prevent the Senate from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden.

  Biden administration increasing vaccine supplies

President Joe Biden’s administration is increasing coronavirus vaccine supplies sent to states to 13.5 million doses per week.

  Stimulus checks, school and business aid: Highlights of COVID-19 relief bill in House

Their goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expires.

Report: GOP lawmaker’s family members send him angry letter over Trump opposition

The New York Times reported Monday it had obtained a copy of a letter that 11 members of Kinzinger’s family sent him.

Birmingham jail logs with MLK signatures up for sale

The pages also bear the signature of King friend and aide Ralph D. Abernathy, who was arrested during the same march as King on April 12, 1963, for violating a court order banning the demonstration.

  Biden extends pandemic help for homeowners; renters wait

The moratorium on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages had been set to expire on March 31. On his first day in office, Biden had extended the moratorium from Jan. 31.

  Dozens charged in Capitol riots spewed extremist rhetoric

In nearly half of the more than 200 federal cases stemming from the attack on the Capitol, authorities have cited evidence that an insurrectionist appeared to be inspired by conspiracy theories or extremist ideologies, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

  NC GOP votes to censure Sen. Burr after impeachment vote

Burr, who has been in Congress for 26 years, joined six of his GOP colleagues in convicting Trump of “incitement of insurrection.”

Right-wing friendly Parler announces re-launch

Major tech platforms like Amazon, Apple and Google decided not to work with Parler - effectively cutting the company off from the public internet.

Biden faces pressure as US sets new course on immigration

While Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump’s hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn’t lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers.

Rockets strike near US base in Iraq, killing 1, wounding 8

Iraqi officials said three rockets have hit outside Irbil airport near U.S. troops, causing damage and wounding at least two civilians.

  Pelosi says independent commission will examine Capitol riot

Nancy Pelosi says the commission will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.”

  Biden faces questions about commitment to minimum wage hike

The president has seemingly undermined the push to raise the minimum wage by acknowledging its dim prospects in Congress, where it faces political opposition and procedural hurdles.

  N.Y. Gov. Cuomo faces possible repercussions over care homes’ COVID-19 death count

Criticism is coming from both sides of the aisle, and state Republicans are calling for him to be impeached.