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At 113, NAACP evolves for relevance on racial justice agenda

By AARON MORRISON Associated Press As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues like climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic — while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its priorities. The nation’s oldest civil rights organization’s birthday…

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Dems eye new strategy after voting bill failure

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were picking up the pieces Thursday following the collapse of their top-priority voting rights legislation, with some shifting their focus to a narrower bipartisan effort to repair laws Donald Trump exploited in his bid to overturn the 2020 election. Though their bid to dramatically rewrite U.S. election law…

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Louie Anderson, 68, Emmy-winning comedian, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louie Anderson, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy- winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets,” died Friday. He was 68. Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from cancer, said Glenn Schwartz, his longtime publicist. Anderson…

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US, Russia try to end Ukraine crisis

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they reported no breakthroughs in high-stakes talks on Friday aimed at preventing a feared Russian invasion. Armed with seemingly intractable and diametrically opposed demands, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister…

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Biden to highlight progress, ask for patience over setbacks

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks for patience with recent setbacks to his lofty agenda. In advance of…

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AARP to honor Lily Tomlin with grownup movie award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lily Tomlin is this year’s recipient of AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards career achievement honor. The 82-year-old actor, comedian and star of “Grace and Frankie” and “9 to 5” will receive the honor at the AARP’s annual Best Movies and TV for Grownups ceremony, the group announced Wednesday. The…

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US, allies pledge unity on Russia; to do what isn’t clear

ELLEN KNICKMEYER and LORNE COOK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden largely has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine. But when it comes to what exactly the United States and Europe are willing to do, the allies haven’t…

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US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say

CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. The seven-day rolling average for daily new COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.…

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Yellowstone bison species decision questioned by US judge

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit part of its decision not to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species. The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project groups have been fighting since 2014 to have Yellowstone’s bison declared endangered or…

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