U.S. imposes sanctions after series of North Korean missile tests

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions over North Korea’s weapons programs following a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week.The sanctions targeted six North Koreans, one Russian and a Russian firm Washington said were responsible for procuring goods for the programs from Russia and China.The U.S.…

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ‘extremely unwell’ after testing positive for COVID-19

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, shown here celebrating his reelection in November 2020, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Chris Jackson/AP file photo hide caption toggle caption Chris Jackson/AP file photo West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, shown here celebrating his reelection in November 2020, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Chris Jackson/AP file photo West…

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Trump calls politicians who refuse to say they received Covid boosters ‘gutless’

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized politicians who refuse to say whether they’ve received a Covid booster shot.In an interview with far-right cable channel One America News, Trump said he received the booster and has seen politicians get asked in interviews whether they’ve also gotten a third shot.“They don’t want to say…

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Omicron-specific vaccine is coming but ‘may not matter—everybody’s going to be infected,’ says expert

An omicron-specific Covid vaccine will be ready by March but some experts warn it could be “too late” due to the variant’s highly transmissible nature.On Monday, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC that its vaccine with BioNTech that targets omicron — and other variants that are currently circulating — will be ready for distribution by…

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Election overhaul push gains steam in Congress as Biden prepares Ga. speech

WASHINGTON — The somber Jan. 6 anniversary has renewed determination among President Joe Biden and other Democrats to act on voting rights legislation, which they say would protect future elections and the institutions of U.S. democracy.Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., became emotional on Capitol Hill as he wrestled with the impact of the deadly attack one…

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Many patients hospitalized for other ailments, also testing positive for Covid

As the super contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads, hospitals are seeing a growing trend — patients admitted for other ailments are also testing positive for Covid-19. Doctors say it may mean more people have asymptomatic or undiagnosed disease than the current data show.Across New York-Presbyterian’s 10 campuses, just less than half of patients…

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Three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery sentenced to life in prison

The three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, in Georgia were sentenced Friday to life in prison. The sentences for Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery; and his father, Gregory McMichael, do not carry the possibility of parole. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan will be eligible, however, Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley said.All three men…

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Supreme Court to consider Biden vaccine and mask requirements in unusual Friday session

The Supreme Court will meet in a highly unusual session Friday to hear arguments on two Biden administration measures intended to help stop the spread of Covid in the nation’s workplaces.The justices were not scheduled to return to the courtroom until Jan. 10, but they agreed late last month to take up emergency appeals involving…

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Seattle police carried out improper Proud Boys misinformation effort during 2020 protests, watchdog finds

Seattle police officers improperly carried out a misinformation effort that described possibly armed Proud Boys descending on a racial justice protest in the summer of 2020, according to a report from a police watchdog agency released Wednesday.The report from the Office of Police Accountability found one officer abused the “law enforcement discretion afforded to him”…

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Far-right forums thrive after Capitol attack, but stumble over Trump and riot’s legacy

One year after members of far-right groups rioted at the U.S. Capitol, the online extremist forums that telegraphed the brutality of Jan. 6 are still home to violent rhetoric. But they also indicate a different reality: Disparate groups that once united around a shared goal are now struggling to agree on many issues, including what happened…

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