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Texas massacre casts shadow over hearing for ATF pick

May. 25, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

Less than a day after a gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas, a Wednesday Senate hearing for President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reflected the deep political divisions over guns. Steve...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 13, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. May 11, 2022. Editorial: Should girls lacrosse players wear helmets? Of course they should If the absence of mandatory helmets in girls lacrosse seems baffling, consider the history of protective equipment in baseball. The most...

Hill bargainers seek Ukraine aid deal, COVID aid in question

May. 06, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are working toward compromise on President Joe Biden’s $33 billion Ukraine aid request, even as signs emerge that Democrats may need to swallow another COVID-19 setback and drop their goal of wrapping pandemic spending into the package. Bipartisan...

Hill bargainers seek Ukraine aid deal, COVID aid in question

May. 05, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are working toward compromise on President Joe Biden’s $33 billion Ukraine aid request, even as signs emerge that Democrats may need to swallow another COVID-19 setback and drop their goal of wrapping pandemic spending into the package. Bipartisan...

Obamas, students cheer high court's 1st Black female justice

Apr. 07, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — "On this vote, the yeas are 53, the nays are 47, and this nomination is confirmed,” Vice President Kamala Harris said from her chair presiding over the Senate. Then, she smiled. And with that, the nation's first female and first Black vice president announced...

Democrats blast Mexico's president for assailing judiciary

Apr. 06, 2022 21:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Democrats in Congress are sounding the alarm over what they claim is mounting evidence that Mexico’s chief prosecutor — a vital partner of U.S. law enforcement — is assailing the nation’s independent judiciary and selectively targeting for prosecution opponents of President...

Sister Janice Ryan, ex-college president, activist, dies

Apr. 04, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

A Vermont nun who served as a college president, worked in Washington to ban land mines and served as a deputy commissioner of the state Department of Corrections has died. Sister Janice Ryan died at a residential care facility in Winooski on March 30. She was 85. ...

Billions, and more, for lawmakers' projects in spending bill

Apr. 04, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home-district projects for members of Congress are back, sprinkled across the government-wide $1.5 trillion bill President Joe Biden signed recently. The official tally shows amounts modest by past standards yet spread widely around the country — and that understate what...

Today in History

Mar. 31, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, March 31, the 90th day of 2022. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1991, the Warsaw Pact military alliance came to an end. On this date: ...

Jackson pledges to decide cases 'without fear or favor'

Mar. 21, 2022 22:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson pledged Monday to decide cases “without fear or favor” if the Senate confirms her historic nomination as the first Black woman on the high court. Jackson, 51, thanked God and professed love for “our country and the...