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President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Biden: We'll 'manage the hell' out of feds' COVID response

Jan. 15, 2021 8:05 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden pledged Friday to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. It's part of a broader COVID strategy that also seeks to straighten out snags in testing and ensure minority...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, university students put up posters to demand of releasing the 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities, at

China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist

Jan. 15, 2021 7:44 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Lu Siwei, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, had his license...

Republican proposal would seal arrestees' mugshots

Jan. 15, 2021 6:20 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would seal arrestee’s mugshots from the public. The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that Rep. Shannon Roers Jones’ proposal would make the photos confidential until the suspect is convicted or a suspect fails to appear...

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker speak during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Mississippi pump project gets go-ahead, but needs funding

Jan. 15, 2021 6:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday gave the green light to long-debated flood control project in Mississippi. But the project still needs federal funding, and the start of construction could be years away — if it happens at all. Conservation groups sued the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 file photo, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller speaks with members of the news media after listening to Gov. Larry Hogan deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis, Md. Former Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has died at age 78. His family said in a statement Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 that he died at home surrounded by loved ones. Miller was a major force in Maryland politics and the state's longest-serving Senate president.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Former Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller dies

Jan. 15, 2021 6:11 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Thomas V. Mike Miller, a major force in Maryland politics for decades and the nation's longest-serving state Senate president, has died, his family said. He was 78. A Democrat, he was first elected Maryland Senate president in 1987. He stepped down from the leadership position in...

Colorado Legislature passes COVID aid, adjourns for a month

Jan. 15, 2021 5:59 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Legislature passed bills adjusting several aspects of state COVID-19 relief on Friday before adjourning for a month in hopes that it will be safer to meet in the statehouse amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a three-day session, the Democrat-led Senate and House passed a short list...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Sen. Wiener has introduced legislation that would ban certain medically unnecessary surgeries on children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The first-of-its-kind legislation would not allow these types of surgeries until the child is at least 6-years-old. A similar bill failed to pass last year after facing opposition from the California Medical Association. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

Jan. 15, 2021 5:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker is trying again to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least 6-years-old, hoping a narrower focus combined with new legislative leadership will be enough to get the first-of-its-kind legislation signed into law....

Court: Law that reduced drug sentences not retroactive

Jan. 15, 2021 5:08 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 2015 Connecticut criminal justice reform law that reduced prison time for certain drug possession crimes does not apply retroactively, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision affecting some convicts seeking to have lengthy drug-related sentences cut short. Justices said...

Maryland Senate overrides some of governor's vetoes

Jan. 15, 2021 3:33 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate voted Friday to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a measure to fund a first-in-the-nation state board that focuses on making high-cost prescription drugs more affordable. It was among more than a dozen veto overrides approved by the Senate in the first week of...

GOP lawmaker pushes bill to prevent renaming of Indianapolis

Jan. 15, 2021 3:14 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban the changing of any Indiana city names in the wake of Native American protests that forced the renaming of professional sports teams. No efforts have emerged seeking to change the name of Indiana or Indianapolis along the lines...