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11:34 PM / Tuesday May 17, 2022

Articles by SUN Staff

No Dem challenge to Abrams as field for 2022 elections set

March 11, 2022

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams showed herself to be the unchallenged leader of her party in Georgia as candidate qualifying for the 2022 elections closed Friday, drawing no primary challengers in her bid for governor. Three statewide Republicans will have a similarly easy path to the nomination, drawing no GOP opposition, including state Sen….

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Jussie Smollett sentenced to 150 days in jail in fake attack

March 11, 2022

By DON BABWIN and KATHLEEN FOODY CHICAGO (AP) — A judge sentenced Jussie Smollett to 150 days in jail, branding the Black and gay actor a narcissistic charlatan for staging a hate crime against himself to grab the limelight while the nation struggled with wrenching issues of racial injustice. Smollett responded by defiantly maintaining his innocence and…

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US extends mask rule for travel while weighing new approach

March 10, 2022

By DAVID KOENIG and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are extending the requirement for masks on planes and public transportation for one more month — through mid-April — while taking steps that could lead to lifting the rule. The mask mandate was scheduled to expire March 18, but the Transportation Security Administration said…

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Philadelphia Police Officer to be fired for fatally shooting of 12-year-old boy

March 9, 2022

By CLAUDIA LAUER PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer will be suspended and fired for violating the department’s use of force policy when he shot and killed a 12-year-old boy, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced Tuesday. Speaking at a news conference, Outlaw declined to say the specific violations but said the department has rules…

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Biden signs order on cryptocurrency as its use explodes

March 9, 2022

By FATIMA HUSSEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order on government oversight of cryptocurrency that urges the Federal Reserve to explore whether the central bank should jump in and create its own digital currency. The Biden administration views the explosive popularity of cryptocurrency as an opportunity to examine the risks and…

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Biden bans Russian oil, warns of ‘Putin price hike’ at pump

March 8, 2022

By ZEKE MILLER, MIKE BALSAMO and JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Tuesday the U.S. will ban all Russian oil imports, toughening the toll on Russia’s economy in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine, but he acknowledged it will bring costs to Americans, particularly at the gas pump. The action follows pleas by Ukrainian President Volodymyr…

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Supreme Court won’t review decision that freed Bill Cosby

March 7, 2022

By MARYCLAIRE DALE PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court quietly announced Monday that it would not review Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, leaving him a free man and ending a two-decade legal drama that shifted the cultural landscape, destroyed the groundbreaking Black actor’s reputation, and sent him to prison for several years late in…

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Kamala Harris marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ anniversary in Selma

March 7, 2022

By KIM CHANDLER SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris visited Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate a defining moment in the fight for equal voting rights, even as congressional efforts to restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act have faltered. Under a blazing blue sky, Harris linked arms with rank-and-file activists from the civil…

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Jan. 6 panel sees evidence of Trump ‘criminal conspiracy’

March 3, 2022

By FARNOUSH AMIRI, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol said Wednesday for the first time that its evidence suggests crimes may have been committed by former President Donald Trump and his associates in the failed effort to overturn the outcome…

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Philadelphia lifts indoor mask mandate for most settings

March 3, 2022

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia health officials announced Wednesday that the city was lifting its indoor mask mandate, and officials expect to lift the school masking rules on March 9. The change comes as city health officials moved the city into the “all clear” category of its COVID-19 pandemic response metric. If infections, hospitalizations and the…

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