Author: Associated Press

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jury selection began Thursday in the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, with a judge dismissing potential jurors for reasons ranging from their discomfort at having to watch videos of his death to…

Read More

By Amy Taxin The Associated Press Emergency health workers in California Wednesday blasted hours-long waits to transfer patients from ambulances to hospital emergency rooms in what they said were chronic delays worsened by the nearly two-year coronavirus pandemic. During a legislative hearing, first responders said taking more than the anticipated…

Read More

By MATT OTT SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Construction of new homes in the U.S. rose for the third consecutive month in December and data released Wednesday suggests that the frantic pace of building will continue this year. The December increase puts home construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate…

Read More

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden put the full weight of his presidency behind voting rights action last week, heading to Capitol Hill in an effort to push Democrats to change Senate rules to pass legislation. Vice President Kamala Harris — whom Biden tapped to take the…

Read More

By Zeke Miller and Darlene Superville The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden’s administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits…

Read More

In Austin, county election officials put the rate of rejections at roughly 50% By Acacia Coronado, Paul Weber and Nicholas Riccardi | Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — A sweeping new Texas voting law that Republicans muscled through the Legislature last year over dramatic protests is drawing fire again, even before…

Read More

President also says “high-quality masks” will also be sent By Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks,” as he highlighted his efforts…

Read More

Critics: Network’s clipped video was spread by the right as misinformation By David Bauder | Associated Press NEW YORK — ABC News is under fire for its editing of a “Good Morning America” interview with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky that created uncertainty that’s being exploited by vaccine critics. In the…

Read More

The weekly applications, a proxy for layoffs, have risen in four of the last five weeks, By Paul Wiseman | The Associated Press The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since mid-November, but still low by historic standards. U.S. jobless claims climbed by…

Read More