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With the GOP in control of the House, here's who's likely to lead key committees

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 05:00

House Republicans make up the majority in the House of Representatives for the 118th Congress. Here's a rundown of the lawmakers likely gaining power in key panels at the beginning of the new year.

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Six people and the assailant are dead in a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 02:17

A shooter opened fire in a Walmart in Virginia late Tuesday, leaving six people dead, police said. It's the second high-profile mass killing in a handful of days.

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Multiple people have been fatally shot at a Walmart in Virginia, police say

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 02:17

A shooting at a Walmart in Virginia on Tuesday night left several people dead and wounded, though the exact numbers were not immediately known, police said. The shooter was among the dead.

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With student loan relief tied up in court, Biden extends repayments a few months

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 17:05

The president has extended the student loan repayment pause into 2023. Biden said he wants to give lawsuits against debt cancellation time to play out, and the Supreme Court time to weigh in.

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How one man went from a migrant leaving Africa, to an elected official in Spain

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 16:24

Serigne Mbaye's journey is parallel to the larger picture of how climate migration intersects with politics. Now, he is considered one of the most vocal politicians in Madrid for migrant rights.

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Photos: The emotional scenes as the 1st train from Kyiv arrives in liberated Kherson

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 15:54

Family members separated for months poured out onto the platform and embraced their loved ones in tearful, joyful reunions. Passengers gawked as they took in the destruction of Russia's occupation.

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Indonesia's earthquake had just a 5.6 magnitude. Why are hundreds of people dead?

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 15:07

Bodies continued to be pulled from debris Tuesday in the hardest-hit city of Cianjur. Experts say proximity to fault lines, the shallowness of the quake and poor infrastructure all worsened the toll.

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Atlanta to pay $1 million to the family of Rayshard Brooks, killed by police in 2020

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 14:25

Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, had fallen asleep in his car in a Wendy's drive-through lane when police were called. The city's payment will settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his widow.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is out at Manchester United after an explosive interview

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 13:56

The termination of the 37-year-old forward's contract comes after an interview in which he criticized manager Erik ten Hag and the club's owners.

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To retire, or not to retire? A journalist goes on quest to figure out what's next

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 13:53

Independence Day author Steve Lopez turned the issue of retirement into a reporting project, speaking to geriatric experts, a psychiatrist, a rabbi, plus people who have retired and some who refuse.

Saudi Arabia shocks Argentina and its star Messi in 2-1 defeat at the World Cup

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 11:13

For Lionel Messi, this World Cup, and the historic upset with Saudi Arabia, is about so much more than soccer. It's about whether or not he can finally come back home to Argentina as a hero.

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Experts are concerned Thanksgiving gatherings could accelerate a 'tripledemic'

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 11:07

As the holiday approaches, infectious disease specialists are bracing for the possibility that big family get-togethers and travel will propel the spread of RSV, flu and COVID-19.

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The next round of counting begins in Alaska. Here's how ranked-choice voting works

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 10:25

This process will decide two outstanding congressional races: Republican Lisa Murkowski's seat in the Senate and Democrat Mary Peltola's seat in the House.

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Exhausted Ukrainian soldiers fight mental fatigue as the war drags on

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 09:52

Commanders say Ukrainian forces' motivation and spirit are the most important weapons in the fight to protect their nation. They are turning to official "morale officers" and psychologists to help.

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The veteran who helped disarm the gunman at gay club says he followed his instincts

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 08:25

"I have nothing but love" for the gay community, says Army veteran Rich Fierro, one of two people police credited with subduing a gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a Colorado Springs nightclub.

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Messi and Argentina lose to Saudi Arabia in one of the biggest World Cup upsets ever

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 08:11

Lionel Messi's quest to win the one major title to elude him had a shocking start in what may be his final World Cup, as Saudi Arabia scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half and won 2-1.

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Olivia Pichardo is the first woman to make the roster of Division I baseball team

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 05:29

"Olivia put together the most complete walk-on tryout I have seen from a player," said Brown University baseball coach Grant Achilles. Taking the field will fulfill a long-held dream for Pichardo, 18.

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Republicans make marginal gains in South Texas as Democratic power wanes

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 05:02

The Rio Grande Valley has long been a Democratic stronghold in Texas. Republicans invested heavily there but didn't see major gains. Still, marginal progress has Democrats worried.

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Wringing its hands over FTX's collapse, Washington hopes to prevent more crypto pain

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 05:01

Congress, which has been unable to pass comprehensive crypto legislation, is digging into what happened as regulators try to police the new, mysterious world of virtual currencies with old laws.

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How GOP state supreme court wins could change state policies and who runs Congress

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 05:00

Republican wins in state supreme court races could not only shape abortion and voting rights, but also the balance of power in Washington.

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