If the St. Louis Blues have done one thing right this young season, it’s winning the first game of a two-game series. They’re 3-for-3 on that front after Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Center. Lately, bad things have happened to the Blues when LA comes to town. Last season, Vladimir Tarasenko suffered another left shoulder injury, requiring another left shoulder ...

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LOS ANGELES — In less than a month, Los Angeles County has recorded more than 5,000 COVID-19 related deaths, a pace that highlights the rampant and ruthless spread of the virus throughout the county. In the roughly nine months between the first reported death on March 11 and the end of last year, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus killed slightly more than 10,000 people in the county. ...

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Dr. Fauci is on fire. The nation’s top infectious disease expert unleashed on the Trump administration Friday, telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow he was “blocked” from going on her show and was repeatedly “pressured” to do things that were “not compatible with the science.” “I’ve been wanting to come on your show for months and months,” Anthony Fauci said. “You’ve been asking me to come on your ...

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — On the day before the big game, one of the team owners is wearing an old Packers T-shirt with camouflage shorts. He’s behind the bar pouring beers, wiping the counter and filling bowls with peanuts. Heaven knows if Marty Leonhard was serving any of his fellow Packers shareholders inside Lenny’s Tap on Saturday. There were 16 people in the bar at 11 a.m. and, statistically ...

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday in Biden's first call to a foreign leader since his inauguration this week. They agreed to have a meeting next month "in order to advance the important work of renewing the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States," Trudeau's office said. The White House said the call ...

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Winter shoppers smitten with the mittens that Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to President Joe Biden’s inauguration could be hard-pressed to get their paws into similar cozy gloves made by a Vermont school teacher. Jen Ellis, who teaches second grade at Westford Elementary School in the northern reaches of the Green Mountain State, gifted Sanders his brown-and-white mittens after she made them in ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his ambitious plan to get California elementary school students back in their classrooms when COVID-19 conditions improve, educators are unwilling to give the assignment a passing grade. They’ve largely made their harshest assessments behind closed doors, choosing to publicly say that the $2-billion proposal — an array of ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden designated Christopher Hanson, currently a commissioner on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as the agency’s new chairman, effective immediately. Hanson is a former staff member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and adviser in the Energy Department’s Office of Nuclear Energy. He’s been a Democratic commissioner of the NRC since June 2020, filling the ...

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DETROIT — The Matthew Stafford-Detroit Lions marriage is coming to an amicable separation. A league source told the Free Press on Saturday that Stafford approached the team after the season ended Jan. 3 and suggested a trade may be in the interest of both him and the Lions. The team has agreed to explore a deal. Stafford has two years and $43 million remaining — great value in today's ...

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PARIS — France’s top health authority is recommending doubling the time between the two required COVID-19 vaccine shots as a way to stretch supplies and inoculate as many people as possible amid a resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus. Giving a second injection six weeks after the first would allow at least 700,000 more people to be protected with a first shot during the first month, the ...

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DALLAS — A 34-year-old Richardson man is the latest North Texan to be arrested and charged with storming the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month, after surveillance video — as well as his own social media posts — implicated him, according to a federal complaint. Garret A. Miller also allegedly made death threats in his posts, calling for the murder of a U.S. Capitol Police officer and the ...

LOS ANGELES — The FBI and local authorities are investigating an improvised explosive device attack at an El Monte church that had been targeted by protests because of its anti-LGBTQ teachings. The attack took place early Saturday at First Works Baptist Church, authorities said. No injuries were reported but the building was damaged. El Monte police arrived at the scene shortly after 1 a.m. ...

DETROIT — Sources close to the negotiations confirmed Saturday former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn will be hired as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator under new head coach Dan Campbell. Lynn went 33-31 with the Chargers from 2017-20. He was fired after this season following a 7-9 season, despite the success of quarterback Justin Herbert, the favorite for offensive rookie ...

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NEW YORK — The Department of Homeland Security, 12 days before President Joe Biden was sworn in, struck a “binding” deal with Texas agreeing to consult with the state for 180 days before making changes to immigration policy, effectively tying the hands of the new administration. That Jan. 8 accord between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and then-acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Kenneth ...

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LONDON — British health experts on Saturday expressed surprise at comments by Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggesting the mutant virus strain first discovered in Britain could be more deadly. It is still not "absolutely clear" that the variant was linked to a higher mortality rate than the original coronavirus strain, Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, told the BBC. ...

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LOS ANGELES — There is, officially speaking, no such thing as a standby line for COVID-19 vaccinations in Los Angeles County. But some clinics have soon-to-expire doses left over at the end of the day or during an early-afternoon lull, and word has quickly spread about this potential back door to vaccine access. Some who flock to the sites spend hours waiting in the hope of catching a lucky ...

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MOSCOW — More than 1,800 people were detained on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets across Russia to demand the release of jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, civil rights activists said. Protesters gathered in cities across the length and breadth of Russia, from the far eastern city of Khabarovsk to Kaliningrad on the Baltic coast, for some of the largest demonstrations seen under ...

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s top environmental lawyer faces career repercussions and possibly ethics probes in the wake of allegations, which he disputes, that he worked with President Donald Trump to try to cast doubt on the 2020 election results. Jeffrey Bossert Clark led the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division for two years and served as acting head of ...

FRESNO, Calif. — Lindsay Stevenson was in a camper van in the Yosemite National Park community of Wawona earlier this week when strong winds toppled hundreds of trees, snapping trunks in half and ripping roots out of the ground. She said her husband, a U.S. Army veteran, described the wind event as “100 times worse” than the Afghanistan War. When the sun rose Tuesday morning, a “total war ...

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In living rooms across America, Larry King was as comfortable a guest as a favorite uncle dropping by to schmooze with the family. Never too pushy, never going directly for the jugular, King — with his trademark suspenders, horn-rimmed glasses and rolled up shirt sleeves — would chat it up with presidents, authors, actors, psychics, villains, heroes or anyone with a product to push, a ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump won’t see his name on the airport in his home turf of Palm Beach County — and it also might be difficult to engrave it anywhere else in South Florida. A majority of Palm Beach County commissioners told the South Florida Sun Sentinel this week that they won’t support renaming the local airport, Palm Beach International, after him. The former ...

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TAMPA, Fla. — Devin White called his shot. With his team clinging to a field-goal lead at New Orleans last Sunday, the Bucs linebacker knelt next to assistant Larry Foote on the sideline and predicted the predicament he was about to put the Saints in. “I’m going to put the dagger in them,” White said. “Watch.” The fact is, nobody can take their eyes off White. Not after his prophecy came true ...

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FIREBAUGH, Calif. — The earth is dead-level flat here, as unwavering as a Johnny Unitas haircut, an endless quilt of farmland that produces cotton, wheat, grapes, melons and pistachios. In normal times, on a given fall night, you can stand in one tiny town and see the glow of the football field in the next, from Kerman to Tranquility to Mendota; Firebaugh to Dos Palos to Los Banos. Ribbons of ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Two St. Paul men pleaded guilty Friday to helping set the fire that burned the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct headquarters on May 28, during protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd. Davon De-Andre Turner, 25, and Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, both pleaded guilty in federal District Court in Minneapolis to one count each of conspiracy to commit ...

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(The Center Square) – The state of Texas sued the Biden administration in response to the Department of Homeland Security announcing it would be suspending for 100 days the deportations of people in the U.S. illegally.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Since the start of the pandemic, Herlinda Mendez, a 52-year-old migrant worker who spends her days harvesting green beans in Palm Beach County, has felt like she keeps getting the short end of the stick. “When the health crisis started, we got no PPE from our employers. Then when testing sites started, none came here. The majority of us all got sick. Some died,” Mendez told ...

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WASHINGTON — Hours after taking office, President Joe Biden handed Texas a huge gift that went mostly unnoticed, overshadowed by more controversial moves on climate, public health and the border wall. He reversed Donald Trump’s policy of excluding unauthorized immigrants from the Census count used to carve up the country into congressional districts. Texas has almost 2 million such residents ...

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CHICAGO — After just a few days of helping to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine at a Cook County health center, 2nd Lt. Alex Villafuerte has grown accustomed to the startled look on patients’ faces when they walk in and see uniformed soldiers administering shots. He acknowledges their surprise with a masked smile, explaining that the Guard recently has been activated to speed up the state’s ...

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News outlets have been parsing President Joe Biden’s promise of 1 million COVID-19 shots a day for his first 100 days. Depending on the outlet, the goal is too ambitious, or too modest, or doable but difficult, or already stirring disagreements within Biden’s pandemic response team. Only one thing is indisputable: Time will tell. April 30 will mark 100 days since Biden was inaugurated, but ...

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(The Center Square) – Just days after former President Donald Trump declared Jan. 22 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day, newly sworn-in President Joe Biden disregarded the designation and pledged to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law to prevent any changes that might occur if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.