The three decorated National Guard members killed in an upstate New York helicopter crash during a routine training mission were identified Friday as Afghanistan war veterans, with the senior member boasting 35 years in the military. Oft-honored Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda, 54, was the longest-serving member of the trio, and was killed in the Wednesday night crash along with Chief ...

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At the last minute, President Donald Trump granted pardons to several individuals convicted in huge Medicare swindles that prosecutors alleged often harmed or endangered elderly and infirm patients while fleecing taxpayers. “These aren’t just technical financial crimes. These were major, major crimes,” said Louis Saccoccio, chief executive officer of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud ...

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Olivia Jade Giannulli has returned from her yearlong YouTube hiatus after admitting her “insane privilege” and apologizing last month for her role in the college admissions scandal. The beauty vlogger, 21, has been mostly absent from the medium since her “Full House” actress mom Lori Loughlin and fashion designer dad Mossimo Giannulli were arrested in March 2019 and charged alongside dozens of ...

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WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against former President Trump to the Senate on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday. Pelosi’s decision to move the article will mark the likely start of the Senate’s impeachment trial of Trump, who was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 mob that attacked the U.S. Senate. Trial motions ...

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Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is off to the races with early honors as awards season heats up. The George C. Wolfe-directed historical drama was named best film of the year by the Black Film Critics Circle organization on Thursday. The production, based on late playwright August Wilson's acclaimed Broadway play of the same name, also took best actor, best actress and best adapted ...

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WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Lloyd J. Austin as Defense secretary Friday, putting the first Black American in charge of the Pentagon by a vote of 93-2. Austin, a retired four-star Army general who commanded U.S. forces in the Middle East, becomes the second member of President Biden’s Cabinet to be approved by the Senate. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines was confirmed ...

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AUSTIN, Texas — Just a couple days after photos that show Dave Chappelle hanging out in Austin with other celebrities went viral, the legendary comedian has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the cancellation of his upcoming comedy shows at Stubb's this week. A spokeswoman for Chappelle confirmed the positive coronavirus test results to The Associated Press, which reported the news on ...

In the world of college admissions, last week's news that the College Board is dropping the SAT's optional essay and subject tests was nothing less than jaw-dropping. A press release from College Board stated that the goal is to reduce pressure on students, but the cynics among us believe it's part of a plan to reduce costs and push more students to take the APs. “The subject tests and essay ...

Does anyone know if Jen Psaki likes goldfish? The little orange crackers, I mean, not the aquatic creatures. Because it would be super-embarrassing if some member of the White House press corps showed up at her office one evening bearing a fishbowl and an ingratiating smile when all she wanted was a handful of salty snacks. You know, like Washington Post reporter Danny Concannon (Timothy ...

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During the 16 weeks she’s been pregnant, Tara Larson has closely followed information about COVID-19. She knows pregnant women are more likely to get severely ill should they get the virus; she knows that pregnant women were excluded from vaccine trials, so data is limited. With a police officer husband who interacts with the public daily and months to go in her pregnancy, the 40-year-old ...

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WASHINGTON – The White House will release executive orders Friday calling for an “all-of-government effort” to provide wider food and other assistance to Americans amid the pandemic and for changes in labor relations rules, including a mandated $15 an hour minimum wage for federal contractors. “These actions are not a substitute for comprehensive legislative relief,” said Brian Deese, director ...

(The Center Square) – Reeves County and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District saw dramatic increases in oil and natural gas property tax revenue in fiscal 2020, both receiving the most of any ISD or county in Texas.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that former President Trump's words at a rally did not incite the violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, contradicting his previous comments that Trump bore responsibility for the insurrection that resulted in five deaths. "I don't believe he provoked it if you listen to what he said at the rally," McCarthy, who ...

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Kamala Harris was never a creature of the Senate. Its marbled passageways weren't a destination, but a springboard. Harris saw the office of California governor as a preferable perch and, when the choice presented itself in 2015, had to be persuaded by political advisors the better option was running for Senate. Once there, Harris was scarcely in the Capitol long enough to leave footprints ...

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LOS ANGELES – California is continuing to see record-breaking deaths from COVID-19, a lagging indicator of the winter surge that is coming even as overall coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have flattened and started to slightly decline. The state broke the record Thursday for most COVID-19 deaths in a single day: 736, surpassing the mark set on Jan. 15, when 700 deaths were reported. ...

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WASHINGTON — Big-name health care corporations and lobbying groups made a show of cutting off lawmakers from political donations following the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. But it’s unclear how long this penalty will last — or if the lawmakers who voted against certifying the election results will even really feel the blow. Health care industry groups were among numerous ...

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“The Good Fight” was the only TV show that truly understood President Trump. A few did OK. “Jane the Virgin,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Madam Secretary,” “One Day at a Time” and “Superstore” all tackled ICE and anti-immigration policies. “American Horror Story,” for all the faults of its “Cult” season, properly pegged the fanatical behavior of his supporters. “Succession” comprehended family ...

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Samsung Electronics Co. is considering spending more than $10 billion building its most advanced logic chipmaking plant in the U.S., a major investment it hopes will win more American clients and help it catch up with industry leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. The world’s largest memory chip and smartphone maker is in discussions to locate a facility in Austin, Texas, capable of ...

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If you spent any kind of time in front of the television during your childhood and you’re over the age of 40, you’ll recognize the TV tropes — and in some instances, the specific shows — referenced in the new Marvel series “WandaVision” on Disney+. In the early going, the show eschews your typical superhero storyline in favor of something cheeky and bizarre, plunking down two MCU characters — ...

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CHICAGO — Abbie Wolf remembers being pulled into the film room with her teammates in mid-March for a meeting. Northwestern was preparing for a deep run into the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. But a few minutes later, the team’s dreams of a national championship were shattered. The NCAA announced on March 12 that the tournament — along with all other winter and spring sports — would be ...

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“The Sister,” a British hit that debuts on Hulu this week, adapts the 2008 Neil Cross novel “Burial” and makes for a clammy, sparingly vicious crime story with a “Blood Simple” hook. Will the guilt-ridden protagonist played by Russell Tovey — purveyor of the best deceptive, dry-mouthed alibi delivery in modern television — get away with it? Should he? Cross’s adaptation has been toned down and ...

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Economic data say the Federal Reserve has reason to continue to be patient when it considers its economic support in the week ahead. That patience may be tested in unexpected ways, though. Meeting one of the central bank’s two goals — maximum employment — remains distant. Total unemployment in December was almost 12 percent. This includes 4 million Americans who have gone more than six months ...

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American attorneys for Ethiopian Airlines, which lost 157 passengers and crew in the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max in early 2019, have advised the carrier not to accept a settlement Boeing has offered but instead to sue the manufacturer for punitive damages in the U.S. In an urgently worded letter sent Sunday, the Chicago-based attorneys warned Ethiopian CEO Tewolde GebreMariam that ...

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While isolated in a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment this spring, Cole Escola decided to do what no network or streaming service had, to that point, been willing to do: turn the sold-out stage show "Help! I'm Stuck!" into a TV special. The forced solitude of the pandemic presented an opportunity: "That's exactly the low bar that this show needs," Escola recalls thinking. Working from 10 p.m. to ...

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A federal recall of Takata air bags will cost Ford Motor Co. $610 million, the company reported in a federal filing Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday rejected a request from Ford and Mazda Motor Corp. to allow them not to recall around 3 million vehicles that had the potentially deadly air bag inflators inside them. The Ford vehicles that must be recalled ...

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LOS ANGELES — He was an executive of a sports league. He seemed old to me, but I was young then, just starting out in a business in which women were rare and their presence was generally unwelcome. I had already learned I would be barred from entering locker rooms to get interviews after games, which put me at a significant professional disadvantage. Competing on deadline against male ...

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MIAMI — College Football Playoff banners lined the roads from downtown to South Beach, alerting everyone to the Jan. 11 national championship. There were photo ops along the boardwalk, shirts for sale on Ocean Drive and parties humming outside Hard Rock Stadium. The Ohio State University’s marching band spelled out “Ohio” in its famed script lettering, and cheers of “Roll Tide Roll” punctuated ...

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Why on Earth have we not heard more about "Our Friend"? After debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, the tear-jerker has taken a year and a half to reach theaters. It's about cancer, which is probably a strike against it. One of its three stars is Casey Affleck, who has been dogged by allegations of misconduct and a public non-handshake from Brie Larson when she handed him his ...

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On Thursday, the nation woke up and there was no tweet from the president of the United States fomenting ignorance and division, encouraging people to act outrageously or to disbelieve science. He won't be wondering aloud whether bleach, taken internally, would prevent or cure COVID-19. He won't make a new enemy of another longtime ally or enact a sudden travel ban against predominantly Muslim ...