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AP source: Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas

February 18, 2021

By STEVE PEOPLES and JAKE BLEIBERG DALLAS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz traveled to Mexico on Wednesday for a family vacation as his home state struggled with a powerful winter storm that left many residents without power or safe drinking water. The high-profile Republican lawmaker went for a long-planned trip to Cancun and was…

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Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine

February 18, 2021

By LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — By the thousands, U.S. service members are refusing or putting off the COVID-19 vaccine as frustrated commanders scramble to knock down internet rumors and find the right pitch that will persuade troops to get the shot. Some Army units are seeing as few as one-third agree to the…

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Historic Black colleges to get $650,000 to preserve campuses

February 18, 2021

By CHRISTINE FERNANDO CHICAGO (AP) — Several historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a new initiative announced Tuesday. The funding for the HBCUs comes as leaders of the colleges and universities continue to advocate for additional funding nearly a year into the…

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Pennsylvania governor signs $912M pandemic relief bill

February 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: PA State Capitol Building By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation approved last Friday by lawmakers that carries over $900 million in pandemic-driven aid for hard-hit hospitality businesses, private schools and people struggling to pay rent or utility bills in Pennsylvania. This time around, landlords and advocates…

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Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus responds to DHS equity report

February 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Pa. State Rep.Darisha Parker and Pa. State Rep.Stephen Kinsey (Photos: Pa.House) HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus recently commended the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on its first Equity Report, according to PLBC chairwoman, State Rep. Donna Bullock (D-195th Dist.). “The report hits many points that we on the PLBC fight…

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In Florida city, a hacker tried to poison the drinking water

February 9, 2021

By FRANK BAJAK A hacker gained unauthorized entry to the system controlling the water treatment plant of a Florida city of 15,000 and tried to taint the water supply with a caustic chemical, exposing a danger cybersecurity experts say has grown as systems become both more computerized and accessible via the internet. The hacker who…

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What to watch as Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial kicks off

February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial begins on Tuesday, a solemn proceeding that will force lawmakers to relive the violent events of Jan. 6 as House Democrats prosecute their case for “incitement of insurrection.” The nine Democratic impeachment managers for the House, which impeached Trump last month, argue that he alone…

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Man charged in US Capitol riot worked for FBI, lawyer says

February 9, 2021

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and helped to organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and…

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