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Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, speaks during an introduction for New Start New Jersey at NJIT in Newark, NJ, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield. Tanden will be director of the Office of Management and Budget, according to a person familiar with the transition process granted anonymity to speak freely about internal deliberations. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Political fight brewing over Biden's WH budget chief nominee

Nov. 30, 2020 4:27 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget is quickly emerging as a political battle that could disrupt his efforts to swiftly fill out his administration. Some Republicans are expressing doubt that Neera Tanden could be confirmed by the Senate...

People wearing face masks to try to curb the spread of coronavirus walk past the temporarily closed Topshop flagship store on Oxford Street, during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Arcadia Group, the retail empire of tycoon Philip Green, which owns well-known British fashion chains like Topshop and employs around 15,000 people, appears to be on the brink of collapse following the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Philip Green's retail empire Arcadia calls in administrators

Nov. 30, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Arcadia Group, the sprawling British retail empire that includes Topshop and has been run by billionaire Philip Green since 2002, was placed into a type of bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that effectively puts around 13,000 jobs at risk. In another blow to the country's retail...

Doctors hope virus downtick holds as deadliest month ends

Nov. 30, 2020 4:26 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Doctors from South Dakota's largest hospital systems said Monday they hope that a recent downtick in virus cases holds steady after the Thanksgiving holiday as the state concluded its deadliest month of the pandemic to date. Health officials reported three deaths from COVID-19,...

Former sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty in drug theft case

Nov. 30, 2020 4:21 PM EST

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy from northwest Iowa pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he stole prescription drugs from homes he was searching while on duty and from the Plymouth County Sheriff Department's evidence room. Aaron Leusink, 41, of Le Mars, also is accused of...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers a question during a debate with Rita Hart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa officials on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, were expected to certify a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District after a recount saw her 47-vote lead steadily dwindle to single digits but never be overcome. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP, File)

Iowa board certifies 6-vote Republican win in US House race

Nov. 30, 2020 4:21 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials on Monday certified a Republican candidate as the winner by six votes of an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s...

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Ben Bartch (78) celebrates as his team scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Jags have plenty to offer in search for new general manager

Nov. 30, 2020 4:19 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have arguably the most attractive general manager opening in the NFL. It might not be close, either. They have several building blocks in place, including pass rusher Josh Allen, linebacker Myles Jack, running back James Robinson and receiver DJ Chark....

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, former deputy city prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, hold hands while walking to U.S. district court in Honolulu. A once-respected, now-estranged power couple are scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Hawaii's biggest corruption case. A jury convicted Katherine and Louis Kealoha of conspiracy in a plot to frame her uncle to keep him from revealing fraud that financed their fancy lives. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)

13-year sentence for ex-prosecutor in Hawaii corruption case

Nov. 30, 2020 4:11 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge sentenced a former high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor to 13 years in prison Monday, saying she stole money from her own grandmother and used her husband's position as a police chief to frame her uncle for a crime he didn't commit — all to maintain her lavish lifestyle. ...

Alaska Supreme Court chief justice plans to retire

Nov. 30, 2020 4:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court plans to retire next year, the court system announced Monday. Chief Justice Joel Bolger said he gave early notice of his intent to retire June 30 to help ensure a smooth transition, given the time it can take to fill a judicial vacancy,...

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey bump elbows as they meet to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Arizona certifies Biden's narrow victory over Trump

Nov. 30, 2020 4:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials certified the state's election results on Monday, formalizing Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow victory over Donald Trump even as the Republican president's attorneys continued to make baseless claims of fraud about the state's vote count. Democratic Secretary of State...

Brendan Hurley, a junior in high school, is tested for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing site in a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cuomo says hospitals must prepare for expected virus surge

Nov. 30, 2020 4:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s hospitals must prepare for an expected surge in coronavirus infections by stockpiling masks and gowns, expanding capacity and identifying retired nurses and doctors who could pitch in, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said that with more than 3,500 people now...