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Biden picks ex-FDA chief Robert Califf to again lead agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday chose Dr. Robert Califf, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner and prominent medical researcher, to again lead the powerful regulatory agency. Califf's nomination comes after months of concern that the agency near the center of the ...

Republican Ciattarelli concedes New Jersey governor race

RARITAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Republican Jack Ciattarelli said Friday he conceded the race for governor to Democratic incumbent Phil Murphy, more than a week after election day, but he added that he plans to run again in four years. Murphy became the first Democratic governor in 44 years ...

Homer Plessy, key to ‘separate but equal,’ on road to pardon

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana board on Friday voted to pardon Homer Plessy, whose decision to sit in a "whites-only" railroad car to protest discrimination led to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1896 "separate but equal" ruling affirming state segregation laws. The state Board of Pardons' ...

Psaki resumes White House briefings after COVID diagnosis

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Jen Psaki resumed her daily press briefings Friday, nearly two weeks after she was diagnosed with COVID-19, joking that one downside to returning was having to wear professional footwear. "It's great to be back with all of you," Psaki said, ...

GOP proposals on COVID mandates worry Kansas business groups

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Influential Kansas business groups have strong misgivings about Republican proposals aimed at financially protecting workers refusing COVID-19 inoculations while vocal anti-mandate activists don't think the measures go far enough. A joint legislative committee on Friday ...

South Dakota governor formally launches reelection campaign

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who's considered a rising star in the Republican Party, formally launched her reelection campaign Friday. Her campaign said in a statement that she has raised over $10 million since she was elected three years ago. She has more than $6.5 ...

North Carolina man wrongfully imprisoned 24 years pardoned

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday pardoned a man who spent 24 years behind bars for a murder he has long said he did not commit. Cooper's pardon of innocence allows Dontae Sharpe to apply for compensation up to $750,000 for his wrongful conviction. "Mr. Sharpe ...

Nursing homes can now lift most COVID restrictions on visits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Friday directed nursing homes to open their doors wide to visitors, easing many remaining pandemic restrictions while urging residents, families and facility staff to keep their guard up against outbreaks. The new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and ...

Biden-Xi set virtual summit for Monday to discuss tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping will hold their much-anticipated virtual summit on Monday evening as the two sides look to dial back tensions after a rough start to the U.S.-China relationship since Biden took office earlier this year. The White House is setting ...

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to run in 2022; Trump backs rival

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced Friday she will run for reelection in 2022, setting up a race against a primary challenger endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Playing up her centrist bona fides, Murkowski said in a campaign video that she would ...

EXPLAINER: What charges does Kyle Rittenhouse face?

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse shot three men, killing two of them and wounding the third, during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse has argued that he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him. Here's a look at the charges that ...

CEO who threw chair inside Capitol on Jan. 6 gets jail time

The former chief executive of a tech company in suburban Chicago who lost his job after he threw a chair inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot was sentenced Friday to 30 days imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols also ordered Bradley Rukstales, of Inverness, Illinois, to pay ...

Alzheimer’s drug cited as Medicare premium jumps by $21.60

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's "Part B" outpatient premium will jump by $21.60 a month in 2022, one of the largest increases ever. Officials said Friday a new Alzheimer's drug is responsible for about half of that. The increase guarantees that health care will gobble up a big chunk of the ...

Bannon indicted on contempt charges for defying 1/6 subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, has been indicted on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. On Friday, the Justice Department ...

Time catching up to 158-year-old Beaufort National Cemetery

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Staff Sgt. John Bentley and Pfc. Esteban Villa stepped toward each other as the U.S. flag they folded grew smaller. Wearing white gloves, they tucked and patted it, just so, and communicated in whispers — "Ready, fold." "Ready, turn." Then, the young soldiers from ...

Federal court declines to lift stay on vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court declined Friday to lift its stay on the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more workers. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay last Saturday of the requirement by the federal ...

With Dems’ prized bill at stake, a numbers game looms ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like Hercules and his 12 labors, Democrats' $1.85 trillion package of social and climate initiatives seems afflicted by a maddening parade of hurdles. Looming ahead is the Congressional Budget Office, which could cause problems that would be messy but probably ...

Inside DNC chair’s ‘challenging’ bid to avert midterm defeat

He is not particularly close to the White House. He's never won statewide office or a seat in Congress. And just last year, he lost a high-profile Senate race by double digits. But if you ask him, Jaime Harrison will tell you he is uniquely prepared to lead a Democratic Party confronting ...

White House nominates 10 for US Marshals, US attorney posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is nominating its first set of U.S. Marshals, including the first Black man to serve as the U.S. Marshal in Minnesota, along with a slate of other historic firsts for U.S. attorney posts across the nation. The nomination of Eddie Frizell to be the ...

Ex-‘Apprentice’ contestant Zervos drops suit against Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — A former "Apprentice" contestant who accused former President Donald Trump of sexual assault dropped her defamation lawsuit against him Friday. Summer Zervos sued the then-president in New York state court in 2017, saying he damaged her reputation when he said she and other ...