Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades

Democrats say national rules are needed to make voting more uniform, accessible and fair. The bill would mandate early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought changes.

US probing engine fires in nearly 1.9M Toyota RAV4 SUVs

AG sues Texas utility over customers’ sky-high energy bills

Police: Ohio boy killed, put in river; mother and her boyfriend charged

Prince Philip moved to specialized London heart hospital

Pope Benedict XVI defends resignation to ‘fanatic’ doubters

North Carolina-based mystery writer Maron dies at 82

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  Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

Report: US wasted billions on cars, buildings in Afghanistan

  Questions surround death of former NFL player Louis Nix III

  Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues

  Bus driver surprises student with autism with heartfelt sandbox gift on birthday

  Elderly couple who found love during COVID-19 get vaccinated before wedding

  ‘Nomadland,’ Borat,’ ‘The Crown’ win at bicoastal Globes

Facing scant traditional studio competition, streaming services dominated the Globes like never before.

  Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state’s attorney general and chief appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him.

  Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won’t start another party

Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party.

US still open to Iran nuclear talks after Iran’s rejection

The Biden administration says it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement.

3 Kansas police officers injured by shotgun in vacant home

  Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

  Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Rooster kills Indian man during banned cockfight

  McDonald’s worker celebrates 100th birthday with special mailbox

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

Doctor appears in court video call while performing surgery

The plastic surgeon was dressed in surgical scrubs with a patient undergoing the procedure just out of view; the beeps of medical machinery could be heard in the background.

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

  Justice Dept. to appeal judge’s order on eviction moratorium

The Justice Department said Saturday it will appeal a judge’s ruling that found the federal government’s eviction moratorium was unconstitutional.

2 skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

Torlano said he had been dreaming about skiing the dome since his family moved to Yosemite when he was 5 years old.

  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance.

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

St. Louis County police say the 11-year-old made the discovery on Thursday.

WWII plane fly-past honors Captain Tom Moore at funeral

Just eight members of the veteran’s immediately family attended Saturday’s private service, but soldiers carried his coffin to a crematorium and form a ceremonial guard.

  AP sources: Feds pinpoint suspect in officer’s riot death

The FBI has obtained video that shows the person spraying Brian Sicknick and other law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6 riot, the people said.

  Dispute over mask-wearing led to murder of Tulane Police Officer; suspect arrested

Tulane Police Officer Martinus Mitchum was shot while providing security for a basketball game at George Washington Carver High School

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely after theft, shooting

Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dogwalker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.

  Woman discovers baby alive in trash can

After discovering the crying, she called out to some EMTs who happened to nearby.

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15. Since then, the average number of daily tests has fallen more than 28%.

  Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans say the spending is vastly more than what is needed for the pandemic.

  House passes $1.9T pandemic relief bill, sends it to Senate

The bill passed early Saturday flushes cash to individuals, businesses and states battered by COVID-19.

‘Meyers Manx’ dune buggy creator dead at 94

The inventor of the Meyers Manx dune buggy has died.

Judge approves $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging without the permission of its users.

  Biden surveys Texas weather damage, thanks emergency workers

Biden planned to meet with local leaders to discuss the storm, relief efforts and progress toward recovery and to visit a food bank and meet volunteers.

  US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi’s killing

U.S. officials believe the Saudi crown prince approved an operation to “capture or kill” journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says a newly released document.

  Biden says US airstrikes in Syria told Iran: ‘Be careful’

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S.

  NASA renames HQ after pioneering engineer Mary Jackson

Members of her family attended the building’s renaming ceremony on Friday, along with the acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk.

DNA from soda can helps solve 40-year-old killing

DNA from trash from the suspect's current apartment -- including a Coke can -- matched DNA from the crime scene.

  GRAPHIC: Catholic school AD resigns after kids expelled for mother’s internet modeling

Three children of Crystal Jackson, known as “The Real Mrs. Poindexter” on her OnlyFans account, were expelled from Sacred Heart Parish in California. All three boys are under the age of 12.

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension

The crew and vessel were safe, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy.

  US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

Friday’s report from the Commerce Department also showed that personal incomes, which provide the fuel for spending, jumped 10% last month, boosted by cash payments most Americans received from the government.

Cemetery worker buried alive in New York grave mishap

Rodwin Allicock, 42, of Coram, was leveling out the bottom of a 7-foot-deep grave at Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai when the sides collapsed.

McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald’s, Yum deals

Chicago-based McDonald’s will use the Beyond Meat partnership to roll out what it is calling the “McPlant” burger, as well as eventually plant-based pork, egg and chicken products.

Water near Arizona Air Force base is tainted in latest case

Luke Air Force Base announced this month that studies showed high levels of contaminants had affected drinking water for about 6,000 people in roughly 1,600 homes as well as a few neighboring businesses.

Cooper recalls 430K light truck tires due to sidewall bulges

The recall covers certain Discoverer, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile, Wild Country and Big O tires in several sizes.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Woman dragged by car in purse-snatching attack

The suspects had grabbed her purse, but the purse strap was crossed over her neck and shoulder.

  Prince Harry says he didn’t walk away from royal duties

During a segment on the CBS television network’s “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” that aired early Friday, Harry said he decided to step away from his work as a front-line member of the royal family to protect his wife and son — and his mental health.

  Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation.

  Nose piercing leads to liver transplant for woman in New York

What started as a beauty statement ended up in a serious infection, And an organ transplant was needed to save her life.

Amber Alert canceled for missing Ga. teenage girl

An alert for a missing Georgia teenager has been canceled, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported in a tweet on Friday.

  EXPLAINER: What were the warnings before the Capitol riot?

Capitol Police leadership had plenty of intelligence warning that armed extremists were planning to target the Capitol over President Donald Trump’s election loss, according to new testimony Thursday. But their rank-and-file officers were still left exposed against armed rioters.

  Lady Gaga offers $500K after dog walker shot, dogs stolen

The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries.

At pivotal moment in Afghanistan war, Biden weighs a dilemma

The Biden administration is studying the February 2020 Doha deal in which the Taliban agreed to stop attacking U.S. forces and to start peace talks with the government, among other things, in exchange for a withdrawal of all foreign troops by May 1.

  Tiger Woods transferred to LA hospital after surgery

Tiger Woods has been moved to another Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery to his right leg after being badly injured in a car crash.

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing

President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago.

Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of

Hasbro clarified in a tweet that the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will still exist, names and all, but the branding on the box will say “Potato Head.”

Cat that vanished 15 years ago reunited with owner

A cat that went astray about 15 years ago has been reunited, older and maybe wiser, with its owner.

  AG: Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach dies by suicide after charges

Details about the charges against John Geddert were not immediately known

  COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

The hardening opposition suggested that Biden’s first major legislative initiative could encounter unanimous GOP opposition.

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The airstrikes were announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said the action was authorized by President Joe Biden.

  Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year.

  Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

The federal program, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, made the self-employed and gig workers eligible for jobless aid for the first time.

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Group asks Supreme Court justices to ban use of race in college admissions

The high court could decide in the spring whether to take up the issue.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

Game on, again: GameStop surges and no one truly knows why

It’s reminiscent of the shocking 1,625% surge for GameStop in January, when bands of smaller-pocketed and novice investors helped trigger a supernova for the stock of the struggling video game retailer.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

Republicans broadly oppose the legislation, echoing concerns from those who worry the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

Twitter to let users charge followers to see premium posts

Twitter is branching out from advertising to find more ways to make money — both for itself and for its most prolific users, whether those are businesses, celebrities or regular people.

  Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference and a Trump ally, said discussion panels on election integrity would highlight “huge” evidence of illegal voting in Georgia, Nevada and elsewhere that ultimately swung the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

Avalanche danger high, 32 deaths confirmed this season

This avalanche season has already been historically dangerous, with 32 confirmed fatalities, all but one in the West.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.