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EXPLAINER: What’s known about ‘stealth’ version of omicron?

Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on a descendant of the omicron variant that has been found in at least 40 countries, including the United States. This version of the coronavirus, which scientists call BA.2, is widely considered stealthier than the ...

National Guard sees troops reupping despite COVID, hard year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Spc. Javzailia Pineiro joined New York's National Guard in late 2019, and started work as a truck driver just as the pandemic was starting to hit. For months she drove around the state, spending long days delivering masks, water, food and other supplies. It was ...

Justices to weigh limits on reach of Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reining in federal regulation of private property under the nation's main anti-water pollution law, the Clean Water Act. The justices agreed to hear a business-backed appeal from Chantell and Michael Sackett, who have wanted to build a home close ...

Testimony begins in defamation suits over Roy Moore claims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Dueling defamation lawsuits filed by failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and a woman who accused him of molesting her decades ago, derailing his 2017 campaign, went on trial Tuesday with the woman's lawyer telling jurors it was up to them to decide who to ...

Nebraska judge refuses to block Omaha’s new mask mandate

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge on Tuesday refused to block Omaha's new mask mandate, allowing the rule to continue while state officials challenge it in court. Douglas County District Judge Shelly Stratman declined to issue an injunction the state requested in its lawsuit against the ...

RFK Jr. apologizes after condemnation for Anne Frank comment

Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., apologized Tuesday for suggesting things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in a secret annex in an Amsterdam house for two years. Kennedy's ...

DeSantis blasts FDA for halting drugs ineffective on omicron

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed Tuesday for coronavirus patients to continue receiving antibody treatments deemed ineffective against the omicron variant, vowing to fight White House health regulators in his latest feud with President Joe Biden. The Republican ...

California likely to extend paid sick leave amid pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California workers would get up to two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from the coronavirus while businesses would get up to $6 billion in tax cuts and other assistance under a proposal endorsed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's top legislative ...

Court: Mask rule OK at Iowa schools with disabled students

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed the state of Iowa to enforce a law that prevents local schools from imposing mask mandates, except for schools attended by students whose disabilities make them more vulnerable to severe illness if they get COVID-19. The ...

2nd NYPD officer dies, days after Harlem shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer gravely wounded last week in a Harlem shooting that killed his partner has also died of his injuries, the city's police commissioner said Tuesday, adding to what she called "incalculable" grief within the department. Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, ...

Youngkin pick Wheeler defends EPA record, criticizes media

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler defended his record Tuesday as he made an initial public appearance before Virginia legislators, who will eventually vote on whether to confirm his appointment to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's ...

Judge temporarily restores New York’s mask mandate

An appeals judge restored New York's mask mandate Tuesday, a day after a judge in a lower court ruled that Gov. Kathy Hochul's administration lacked the constitutional authority to order people to wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. After hearing brief arguments, Appellate ...

California appears to pass peak of omicron variant wave

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California showed signs it turned the corner on the omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with infection rates falling and hospitalizations well short of the overwhelming deluge officials feared a few weeks ago. Over 15,000 people are hospitalized with ...

San Jose could be 1st to require gun liability insurance

Gun owners would be required to carry liability insurance and pay a fee in the city of San Jose that officials say would be the first of its kind in the United States, following a trend of other Democratic-led cities that have sought to rein in violence through stricter rules. The City Council ...

Michigan settlement lets faith agencies deny LGBT adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan can refuse to place children with same-sex couples under a proposed settlement filed in federal court Tuesday, months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for a Catholic charity in a similar case. The ...

US Rep. Cuellar: ‘No wrongdoing on my part’ after FBI search

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar posted a video Tuesday saying he took part in "no wrongdoing" after FBI agents last week conducted a search at the Texas Democrat's home, which was part of an investigation that relates to the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, The Associated Press has learned. The ...

Pelosi to seek reelection with Democratic majority at risk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday she will seek reelection, ending speculation that she would retire as Democrats face the threat of losing control of Congress in the 2022 midterms. "While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people's ...

No Trump endorsement? Senate hopeful enlists other GOP stars

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With former President Donald Trump holding off on making a new endorsement in Pennsylvania's closely watched Republican primary for U.S. Senate, former hedge fund CEO David McCormick is turning to other influencers in the party in hopes of generating conservative ...

Biden’s big test: Proving he can rally allies against Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's effort to rally support, both at home and abroad, ahead of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine is just the latest big test of his ability to bridge ideological gaps and balance competing interests to build effective coalitions. His record so far as ...

Reeves in State of the State: Raise teacher pay, cut taxes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in his State of the State speech Tuesday that cutting taxes, giving pay raises to teachers, investing in infrastructure and expanding the state police presence in the capital city of Jackson are among his priorities this year. "We tell ...