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WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee approved a bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state, sending it to a vote on the House floor as soon as next week. But the legislation, which cleared the committee on a 25-19 party-line vote, stands little chance in the Senate in the face of broad opposition from Republicans. “The United States is the only democratic country ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is poised to take action against Russian individuals and entities in retaliation for alleged misconduct including the SolarWinds hack and efforts to disrupt the U.S. election, according to people familiar with the matter. As part of the moves, which could be announced as soon as Thursday, the U.S. plans to sanction about a dozen individuals, including ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — The fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday is drawing fresh attention to two minor infractions in Minnesota law that many motorists might not realize can prompt a pullover. Minnesota law forbids motorists from driving without current license tags, and it also bans motorists from driving with anything obstructing the windshield, including air fresheners hanging from the ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — A pathologist testifying for the defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin told the court Wednesday that George Floyd died of a cardiac arrest combined with drug use, and not low oxygen as several prosecution witnesses have claimed. Dr. David Fowler also testified that the manner of death was "undetermined" due to a combination of factors, ...

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PHILADELPHIA — Doc Rivers made it clear that he's not a judge or on a jury. So the 76ers coach doesn't know what should happen to Kim Potter, who fatally shot Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man on Sunday. Potter, a white police offer who killed Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter. Potter, a 26-year veteran of the ...

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As an explosive volcano continues to rock the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Wednesday, the country’s prime minister once more appealed to those still remaining in the danger zone to leave. “For heaven’s sake leave. Do not risk anymore of your life and limb,” Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves told people still in La Soufrière’s red zone. Gonsalves’ appeal came as ...

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Judy Schindler says her 87-year-old mother has no tears to shed for Bernie Madoff. Rhea Schindler had to give up her house and the family was forced to auction off Jewish heirlooms after Madoff squandered her husband’s retirement savings in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that crumbled more than a decade ago. Her husband, Rabbi Alexander Schindler, died before the scheme ...

Warriors center James Wiseman will undergo knee surgery Thursday, a team spokesman told the Bay Area News Group. After the procedure, the Warriors will have a clearer timetable for Wiseman’s return. Wiseman, 20, suffered a meniscus tear in Saturday’s win over the Houston Rockets. While Golden State has yet to rule Wiseman out for the season, it’s likely that his rookie year is done. Depending ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez suddenly will turn 31 years old next month, by which time he'll be closing in on catching in a major league game for the 1,000th time to pair with his 1,000th career hit milestone earlier this week. The Royals' media guide lists him as 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, a distinctly distributed mass certainly rooted in his redwood legs and perhaps all the more imposing ...

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With Wednesday's swearing-in of a Republican congresswoman from Louisiana, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Democratic majority is now down to six. U.S. Rep. Julia Letlow filled the seat that was originally won by her husband, Luke Letlow, who died of COVID-19 complications Dec. 29 at the age of 41, only weeks after winning a runoff election for the congressional seat and days before he was ...

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DETROIT — There are a dozen games left in this Red Wings season. There are a dozen draft picks waiting this summer. But two days after the trade-deadline deal that uprooted Jakub Vrana from Stanley Cup contention and planted him in the middle of a demolition site in Detroit, the 25-year-old sniper understandably was more concerned with first impressions than long-range plans. And to be honest, ...

People turned out on the streets of Moscow on Wednesday evening to protest against the arrest of several journalists working for a digital student magazine in Russia. More than 100 people gathered outside a court in Moscow and formed a human chain, local media reported. They demanded the release of the four employees of Doxa, a magazine that advocates for students' rights. Several police cars ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is moving to usher significant federal resources to close drug treatment gaps and make medications more accessible to everyone, the top White House drug policy official told House lawmakers Wednesday as they considered 11 bills to address a worsening drug abuse health crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regina M. LaBelle, acting director of the ...

DETROIT — Aaron Rodgers has made it clear, in his own roundabout way, that his time in Green Bay is coming to an end. And for the Detroit Lions and everyone else who has spent the past three decades playing second fiddle to the Packers, first with Brett Favre at quarterback and more recently with Rodgers, that presents a golden opportunity. Rodgers, the reigning MVP and future first-ballot ...

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Two women said embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., participated in wild Florida parties that included sex and drugs, CNN reported Wednesday. One of the women, whom the network did not name, claimed she was paid to attend the parties with Gaetz and other local Republican bigwigs in suburban Orlando, Flortida, at which they sometimes had sex with one or more men. “No one ever wants to stop ...

City council in Placerville, Calif., votes to remove noose from logo The Placerville City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to remove the noose symbol from the logo of the California city. The “meeting has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Dennis Thomas. The issue was first raised last summer when council members discussed removing the noose. The City Council decided to delay the ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally announced a Sept. 11 deadline to end military involvement in Afghanistan, arguing that the 2001 terrorist attacks that led to the U.S. invasion can no longer justify prolonging an unwinnable war. “We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago,” Biden said, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New ...

A stop-and-start week for the Orioles and Mariners at Camden Yards continued Wednesday with a second postponement in three nights, with the game to be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Thursday beginning at 12:35 p.m. The teams were scheduled to play a four-game series Monday through Thursday, but Monday’s game was postponed after a 1 hour, 40 minute delay. The Orioles and ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — An expert witness in the Derek Chauvin trial on Wednesday backed the defense's contention that George Floyd died of cardiac arrest combined with illicit drugs in his body and not from a lack of oxygen while pinned to the pavement by the now-fired police officer for more than 9 minutes late last spring. The testimony of Dr. David Fowler, who recently retired after 17 years as the ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kimberly A. Potter was arrested late Wednesday morning at the offices of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency said in a statement. Potter, who resigned from the Police Department on Tuesday, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death on Sunday of Daunte Wright, the Washington County Attorney's Office ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that all but a relative handful of U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan this year, a decision that experts said will lead to risks, rewards and ramifications that no one can fully foresee, despite partisans’ insistence that the outcome is preordained. Rather than pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by May 1, as former President Donald Trump ...

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Bryan Mata has undergone Tommy John surgery. One of the top pitching prospects in the Red Sox system had a torn UCL in his right elbow repaired Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the operation at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute. Boston announced the news in a Wednesday statement. Mata was shut down during spring training after experiencing soreness in his right triceps. The ...

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. soared above a $112 billion valuation in its trading debut Wednesday, then slipped back below its opening price as Bitcoin fell from record highs and tech stocks fell across the board. The massive valuation, which dwarfs more traditional financial companies including Intercontinental Exchange Group Inc. and Nasdaq Inc. itself, is a landmark moment ...

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WASHINGTON — Biden administration diplomats and intelligence officers are operating “with the sincere belief” that Austin Tice is alive, two U.S. officials told McClatchy on Wednesday, and the group is working daily to free the American journalist who went missing in 2012 while covering the war in Syria. “We operate with the sincere belief that Austin is alive and waiting for us to come get ...

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Haiti Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe resigned Wednesday in the wake of a surge in crime that has left the country on edge amid a deepening political crisis. His resignation after only a year in the job comes shortly before a controversial constitutional referendum, and as the international community grows increasingly impatient with President Jovenel Moïse’s inability to contain Haiti’s growing ...

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A staunch foe of the Obama Presidential Center’s expected arrival in storied Jackson Park is once again suing to block its construction, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that argues federal authorities should have relocated the official campus in order to protect the surrounding environment. The complaint from the nonprofit Protect Our Parks and other plaintiffs names the city of ...

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LOS ANGELES — Paul Flores killed Kristin Smart in his college dorm room as he sexually assaulted the 19-year-old student, prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The grim details of how Smart is believed to have died while a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo came on a day when Flores was formally charged with first-degree murder in the case and accusations surfaced that he has assaulted other women ...

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ATLANTA — Keeping middle seats empty on airplanes could sharply reduce passenger exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, according to study results released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But most major U.S. airlines aren’t restricting access to those seats. And the last major holdout, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, earlier announced it will open up middle ...

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The 5-year-old girl injured during a car crash caused by former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has been released from the hospital. According to KWCH, Ariel Young is recovering at home after more than two months in the hospital. Reid, 35, was charged with DWI in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday following the Feb. 4 collision that occurred on a highway near the Chiefs’ practice ...

Dear Anna, I am 24 years old and deeply in the closet. Over the past year I have stopped lying to myself and have come to the realization that I am a lesbian. I know that in the age of marriage equality there should be no reason to be terrified to come out (especially to my super liberal, gender-studies-major friends), but I am. I do not feel ready to come out to those who I am most close to. ...