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Pennsylvania asks FEMA for help with COVID surge

December 17, 2021

associated press HARRISBURG, Pa.–Pennsylvania asked the federal government on Wednesday to send health care workers to bolster hospitals and nursing homes that are increasingly under stress from persistent staffing shortages and the latest COVID-19 surge. The Wolf administration requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency send strike teams to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and ambulance…

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Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs announces licensure program for drug and alcohol recovery houses

December 17, 2021

HARRISBURG, PA –The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) announced today that the licensure program for drug and alcohol recovery houses is open and accepting applications. The licensure program for recovery houses will help to empower sustained recovery for individuals with substance use disorder by ensuring a network of safe drug and alcohol recovery…

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Sewell to be 1st woman, 3rd Black person to lead NYC police

December 16, 2021

By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams named Keechant Sewell, a Long Island police official, as the city’s next police commissioner, making her the first woman to lead the nation’s largest police force. Adams, himself a former New York police captain, introduced Sewell on Wednesday as his barrier-breaking…

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All from US missionary group freed in Haiti, police say

December 16, 2021

By EVENS SANON and PETER SMITH PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The remaining members of a U.S. missionary group who were kidnapped two months ago in Haiti have been freed, Haitian police and the group said Thursday. The spokesman for Haiti’s National Police, Gary Desrosiers, confirmed to The Associated Press that the hostages had been released,…

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3 voters from retirement haven in Florida charged with voting fraud

December 16, 2021

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Three voters from a Florida retirement community that is a GOP stronghold have been arrested on charges of voting more than once. The arrests come weeks after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to create a law enforcement agency to investigate election crimes, despite there being little evidence of electoral…

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Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charge in Floyd’s death

December 15, 2021

By AMY FORLITI ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, averting a trial but likely extending the time he is already spending behind bars on a state conviction. Chauvin, who is white, was convicted this spring of state murder…

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Senate votes to raise debt limit by $2.5T, avoiding default

December 14, 2021

By BRIAN SLODYSKO WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation Tuesday to lift the nation’s debt limit by $2.5 trillion under a deal struck between party leaders, defusing a volatile issue until after next year’s midterm elections while saddling majority Democrats with a tough vote. The 50-49 party line vote came just one day shy of a deadline…

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Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but lets clinics sue

December 10, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday left in place Texas’ ban on most abortions, offering only a glimmer of daylight for clinics in the state to challenge the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. The decision, little more than a week after the court signaled it would roll back abortion rights and possibly overturn its landmark…

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Rich? Want to be a U.S. senator? Welcome to Pennsylvania!

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. Mehmet Oz at the 14th annual L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Gala in New York. Oz is running in the 2022 Republican primary election for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG — Rich, Republican and want to be a U.S. senator? Pennsylvania…

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US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

December 7, 2021

By AAMER MADHANI and ALEXANDRA JAFFE WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing t o protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China has vowed to greet with “firm countermeasures.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said U.S. athletes will continue…

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