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Jury in federal trial in Floyd killing appears mostly white

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has “absolutely nothing” to do with race. The jurors chosen to hear the case against former Officers […]

Biden issues new warning to Russia over invading Ukraine

GENEVA — U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border would constitute an invasion and that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for such an action. It was the latest White House effort to clear up comments Biden made a day earlier when he suggested that a “minor incursion” […]

Georgia DA asks for special grand jury in election probe

ATLANTA — The Georgia prosecutor looking into possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 general election by former President Donald Trump and others has asked for a special grand jury to aid the investigation. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday sent a letter to Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher asking […]

At 113, NAACP evolves for relevance on racial justice agenda

As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues like climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic — while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its priorities. The nation’s oldest civil rights organization’s birthday next month comes as […]

Aiming to make CDC nimble, agency director has rankled many

NEW YORK — From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the top U.S. public health agency has been criticized as too slow to collect and act on new information. Now, increasingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also being criticized for moving too fast. One year into Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s tenure as director, […]

Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus

MADRID — When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually stopped. But officials credited the draconian measures with preventing a full collapse of the health system. […]

Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

LONDON — A British man who held four people hostage in a Texas synagogue ranted against Jews and American wars in countries like Afghanistan as his brother pleaded with him to give up and free the captives, a recording of the conversation shows. In the expletive-filled recording posted on the website of The Jewish Chronicle, […]

US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

Researchers on Thursday reported the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs. This time around, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pig’s kidneys into a brain-dead man — a step-by-step rehearsal for an operation they hope to try in living patients possibly later […]

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes that were carrying water containers, kits for temporary shelters, generators, hygiene […]

Airman gets life in prison for death of Mennonite woman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An Air Force airman will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping a Mennonite woman from northwestern New Mexico, fatally shooting her and leaving her body in the freezing cold in a forest clearing hundreds of miles away. Mark Gooch, 22, was convicted of kidnapping and first-degree murder in […]

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NM's GOP files lawsuit over new congressional map
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Suit asks judge to replace new ... Suit asks judge to replace new boundaries with a map proposed by the Citizen Redistricting Commit
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COVID tests out there ... somewhere
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Testing shortages are unnerving the public Testing shortages are unnerving the public
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Insurers pushed to settle archdiocese abuse claims
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Nearly 400 victims still in limbo ... Nearly 400 victims still in limbo four years after Santa Fe church filed for bankruptcy
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New COVID-19 cases set a record for third straight ...
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Officials say vaccines are lowering death ... Officials say vaccines are lowering death rates
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ABQ officials push tough-on-crime bills
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Legislation would increase penalties for firearms, ... Legislation would increase penalties for firearms, alter pretrial detention
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Northern NM still recovering from damaging December storm
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Governor signs order for disaster declaration ... Governor signs order for disaster declaration in Taos County
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Attorneys say MDC could not find inmates for hearings, ...
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On Thursday, one of Ryan Villa's ... On Thursday, one of Ryan Villa's clients was supposed to appear at a pretrial detention hearing — by way of a tablet in a ...
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Bill would set $15 minimum wage for state employees
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Move could increase pay of 1,200 ... Move could increase pay of 1,200 workers
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Watchdog group asks for online streaming of Senate committee
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Pro tem president argues public won't ... Pro tem president argues public won't be interested
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LFC report: Changing pretrial detention won’t lower crime
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A new report by Legislative Finance ... A new report by Legislative Finance Committee analysts found that low arrest, prosecution and conviction rates may have more to do with the crime ...