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Federal court: Male-only draft is constitutional

NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision. In a decision that overturned a 2019 ruling by a Texas-based federal … more

Trump's EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

HARRISBURG, Pa. - President Donald Trump's administration is undoing Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific … more

Trump opposes postal money that would help vote by mail

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in … more

For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

WASHINGTON (AP) — With talks on emergency coronavirus aid having stalled out, both sides played the blame game Thursday rather than make any serious moves to try to break their stalemate. … more

States' rush to reopen slowed U.S. recovery, says Boston Fed chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top official at the Federal Reserve criticized the decision by many states to reopen businesses this spring before getting the virus fully under control and said those choices have hindered an economic recovery in the … more

Born with 1 hand, therapist is an inspiration in virus fight

NEW ORLEANS - Two years out of medical school, respiratory therapist Savannah Stuard is on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 in New Orleans, operating ventilator equipment or manually pumping air into patients' lungs. It's challenging … more

Can Meadows move from deal breaker to deal-maker?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mark Meadows dropped to a knee in then-Speaker John Boehner's office, the still-new congressman apologizing for joining those trying to oust the Republican leader. Two years later, Meadows did it anyway, leading the House … more

Doctors, hospitals launch voter registration efforts

BOSTON (AP) - An emergency room doctor in Boston is assembling thousands of voter registration kits for distribution at hospitals and doctor's offices. Later this month, students at Harvard and Yale's medical schools are planning a contest to see … more

Israeli jeweler makes $1.5M gold coronavirus mask

MOTZA, Israel (AP) - An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world's most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million. The 18-karat white gold mask will be … more

Science, politics tied up in global race for a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - No, Russia isn't having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union's … more

'Overture' for more virus talks rejected as standoff deepens

WASHINGTON - The White House's top negotiator tried to revive stalled talks Wednesday over coronavirus aid, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer dismissed the "overture," saying the Trump administration is still … more

1 dead after powerful storm leaves devastation in Midwest

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without power on Tuesday after a powerful storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region a day earlier, causing widespread damage and killing a 73-year-old woman found … more

Global coronavirus cases top 20M as Russia OKs vaccine

ROME - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil, as Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a vaccine against the virus. Russian President … more

Orangeburg shooting suspect captured after 4-hour search

ORANGEBURG - Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Monday investigators searched for four hours in a wooded area for an armed and dangerous gunman after a brief standoff early Monday. "This individual is believed to have shot two people … more

Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential … more

More than 100 looters arrested in Chicago

CHICAGO - Hundreds of looters and vandals descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city's South Side, smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything … more

Lebanese PM steps down after Beirut blast, anger

BEIRUT - Lebanon's prime minister stepped down from his job Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that has triggered public outrage, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is "bigger than the … more

States on hook for billions under Trump's plan

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to … more

Border tunnel appears to be 'most sophisticated'

PHOENIX (AP) - An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Arizona to Mexico appears to be "the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history," authorities said. The tunnel intended for smuggling ran from San Luis, Arizona, to a Mexican neighborhood … more

Lebanon president says he knew of chemicals in July

BEIRUT - Lebanese President Michel Aoun knew about the huge stockpile of explosive material stored at Beirut's port nearly three weeks before it blew up, he said Friday, adding he had ordered action be taken about it at the time, although the top … more
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