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Sorting out how politics, policies figure in flap over New York nursing home COVID-19 death rates

The plaudits have faded for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once hailed as a paragon of pandemic governing, he’s since come under scorching criticism for undercounting the state’s COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents by as much as...

Six Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images

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The business that preserves and protects Dr. Seuss’ legacy has announced it will stop publishing six titles because of racist and insensitive imagery

Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2021, file photo, a man receives a COVID-19 vaccine in North Las Vegas.  Catholic leaders in New Orleans and St. Louis are advising Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is “morally compromised” because it's produced using cell lines developed from aborted fetuses. Archdiocese statements in each city say Catholics should choose coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna or Pfizer — if they are available. Johnson & Johnson stresses in a statement Tuesday, March 2,  that no fetal tissue is used in the vaccine. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Catholic leaders in New Orleans and St. Louis are advising Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is “morally compromised” because it's produced using cell lines developed from aborted fetuses

Biden vows enough vaccine for all U.S. adults by end of May

President Joe Biden speaks about efforts to combat COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden says the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce...

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Supreme Court likely to uphold Arizona voting restrictions

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Maricopa County elections officials count ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another policy that penalizes voters who cast ballots in the wrong precinct. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The Supreme Court appears ready to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona in a key case that could make it harder to challenge a raft of other voting measures Republicans have proposed following last year’s elections

Cuomo avoids public amid outcry over harassment allegations

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2021 photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, pauses to listen to a reporter's question during a news conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York's attorney general said she's moving forward with an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the governor after receiving a letter from his office Monday authorizing her to take charge of the probe. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, file)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing calls for resignations from some members of his own party as most leading Democrats signal they want to await the results of the attorney general’s investigation into claims the governor sexually harassed...

Texas becomes biggest state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

Signs tells customers about safety measures against COVID-19 that are required inside a retail store Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Dallas. Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement Tuesday makes Texas the largest state to do away with a face covering order. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced

FBI chief warns violent 'domestic terrorism' growing in U.S.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Wray is condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol as “domestic terrorism.”  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FBI Director Chris Wray is labeling the Jan_ 6 riot at the Capitol as “domestic terrorism.”

California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

In this image from KYMA law enforcement work at the scene of a deadly crash involving a semitruck and an SUV in Holtville, Calif., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (KYMA via AP)

Authorities say 13 people were killed when an SUV carrying 25 people and a big rig collided on a Southern California highway near the U.S.-Mexico border

Naval Academy seeking student vaccines for summer training

FILE - Inn this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, a midshipman uses a sanitizing wipe to clean her desk before the start of a leadership class at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The U.S. Naval Academy is developing plans to begin vaccinating midshipmen in March 2021, so students can deploy out to ships and with Navy teams as part of their training this summer. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The U.S. Naval Academy is developing plans to begin vaccinating midshipmen this month so students can deploy to ships and with Navy teams as part of their training this summer

Boy Scouts release sex-abuse bankruptcy plan

The long-awaited reorganization plan, filed as part of the Boy Scouts' Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, begins to outline how the organization aims to compensate the deluge of about 85,000 potential victims who came forward last year with claims.

Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, dies at 85

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, civil rights activist Vernon Jordan introduces former President Bill Clinton during the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas. Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, according to a statement from his daughter. He was 85.  (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)

Family members say Vernon Jordan has died

US sets sanctions over Russia opposition leader's poisoning

In this Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures as he stands behind a grass of the cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was transported to a prison 100km away from Moscow. Navalny was taken to a prison in Pokrov city after Moscow city court rejected appeal against his prison sentence on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

The Biden administration has announced sanctions of Russian officials and businesses related to the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Official: Merck to help produce rival J&J's COVID-19 vaccine

Drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine in an effort to expand supply more quickly

And then there were 3: Calls for Cuomo's resignation mount as another accuser emerges

FILE — In this Feb. 22, 2021 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York's attorney general said she's moving forward with an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo after receiving a letter from his office Monday, March 1, 2021, authorizing her to take charge of the probe. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)

Calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign are intensifying now that a third woman has accused him of offensive behavior

Biden administration facing 'challenge' at Mexico border, not crisis

A Honduran man seeking asylum in the United States wears a shirt that reads,

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas blamed the Trump administration Monday for the growing number of unaccompanied minors held in U.S. custody after crossing the Mexico border, saying the former president's policies left...

America's jobless owe thousands of dollars in taxes on their unemployment

Erika Rose was shocked this month when she sat down to do her taxes and realized she owed $600 to the federal government. She's been unemployment since April and has spent much of the winter stretching every penny to pay rent and to keep the lights...

At least 18 killed by Myanmar forces trying to break up protests

Myanmar riot police with shields move forward during a protest against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. Police fired tear gas and water cannons and there were reports of gunfire Sunday in Myanmar's largest city Yangon where another anti-coup protest was underway with scores of students and other demonstrators hauled away in police trucks. (AP Photo)

Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power

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As AG Tong investigated $523,000 fee, Lamont's team paid it

The attorney general said he has been investigating a whistleblower complaint about a success fee...

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