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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2007, file photo, U.S. District Judge Dominic Squatrito speaks at a ceremony where his portrait was displayed and observing his change in status to a senior judge, in Hartford, Conn. Judge Squatrito, a Manchester native and Fulbright scholar who served on the federal court bench for more than 25 years, has died at age 82. Federal court officials say Squatrito died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

Connecticut federal Judge Dominic Squatrito dies at 82

Jan. 23, 2021 2:23 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. District Judge Dominic Squatrito, a native of Connecticut and Fulbright scholar who served on the federal bench for more than 25 years, has died. He was 82. Squatrito died Wednesday, according to a statement released Friday evening by federal court officials in Connecticut,...

Melissa Kutney poses for a picture in front of St. Peters Cathedral Rectory in downtown Scranton, Pa.,  Friday, Jan.  15, 2021.   Kutney was scouring cubbies built into a room of her former Scranton home when she discovered a 19th century Bible and a broken rosary tucked away in a back corner, almost buried in insulation.(Sean McKeag/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Antique family Bible in Scranton tied to Biden’s ancestors

Jan. 23, 2021 9:19 AM EST

About 2008, Melissa Kutney was scouring cubbies built into a room of her former Scranton home when she discovered a 19th century Bible and a broken rosary tucked away in a back corner, almost buried in insulation. Kutney, now of Thompson, held onto the mammoth Catholic Bible she found at 357 N. Garfield Ave. for...

Nevada church presses US Supreme Court on COVID-19 limits

Jan. 22, 2021 5:52 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada church wants the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a legal battle over the government's authority to limit the size of religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic even after the church won an appeals court ruling that found Nevada’s restrictions unconstitutional....

Virginia unlikely to see major changes in redistricting

Jan. 22, 2021 2:44 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A relatively static population means Virginia’s legislative maps will be less affected by redistricting than any time since World War II, according to a leading member of the state’s new redistricting commission. Sen. George Barker, D-Fairfax, told commission members...

Parlays, point spreads: Sports betting launches in Virginia

Jan. 21, 2021 4:55 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Sports betting in Virginia is now a reality after the state lottery approved an online sportsbook operated by FanDuel through a partnership with the Washington Football Team. Meanwhile, two dozen other would-be competitors are still waiting to see if they will receive one of what...

In this image from video, Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

Jan. 21, 2021 2:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. In a first vote, the Senate confirmed...

Doug Emhoff, left, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden, stand during a performance of the national anthem during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden, Harris urged to 'repair the breach' in prayer service

Jan. 21, 2021 1:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris heard from leaders from a wide array of religious traditions Thursday in the National Prayer Service, a day after they were sworn into office to lead a sharply polarized country. An inaugural tradition that went online this year due to...

A nurse sorts pharmacy supplies just delivered at a new field hospital set up in a sports hall in Lisbon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Portugal's new daily COVID-19 cases have jumped to more than 14,600 to set a new national record. The pandemic has gained momentum in Portugal since Christmas, when restrictions on gatherings and movement were eased for four days. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Portugal shuts schools, blames variant for COVID-19 surge

Jan. 21, 2021 10:28 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government on Thursday ordered the closure of schools for two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 infections that the prime minister blamed on the rise of a more contagious variant. “The risk of this virus spreading through society has increased,” Prime...

Pakistan seeks to block US-based website of minority Ahmadis

Jan. 21, 2021 8:48 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has ordered a U.S.-based website propagating the faith of Pakistan's minority Ahmadis shut down over allegedly blasphemous content, one of the site's managers said Thursday. Harris Zafar said Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority earlier this month issued a legal notice...

President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden walk in a parade during the Presidential Escort, part of Inauguration Day ceremonies, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Biden inaugural: Abrupt pivot to civility in post-Trump era

Jan. 21, 2021 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington couldn’t turn the page quickly enough from Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. Trump's voice faded from the capital he had animated and antagonized since 2017 as he flew to private life in Florida, with his last trip on Air Force One tuned in to Biden's inauguration on...