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Israel's virus surveillance tool tests its democratic norms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In the early days of the pandemic, a panicked Israel began using a mass surveillance tool on its civilians, tracking people's cellphones in hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The government touted the...

 

Shutdown, impeachment, virus: Chaotic Congress winds down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is ending a chaotic session, a two-year political firestorm that started with the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, was riven by impeachment and a pandemic, and now closes with a rare rebuff by...

 

Wisconsin hospital worker arrested for spoiled vaccine doses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities arrested a suburban Milwaukee pharmacist Thursday suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing them from refrigeration for two nights. The arrest marks another setback in...

 

Icy, snowy winter storm knocks out power in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nearly 20,000 Oklahoma homes and businesses were without power early Friday after a winter storm dumped snow and ice across a large swath of the state. The website PowerOutage.US reported 19,238 outages in the state, mostly in...

 

Kansas to use genetic testing to find new coronavirus strain

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will rely on genetic tests to identify cases of a new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain that was first seen in England, the director of the state Department of Health and Environment said this week. No...

 

Kansas City area sees worst month ever for COVID-19 deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — December was the deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in the Kansas City area, where an average of 11 people died each day from COVID-19. The Kansas City metropolitan area recorded 342 COVID-19 deaths through Dec. 30,...

 

Two people die in separate New Years shootings in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita recorded two fatal shootings in separate incidents just hours into the New Year, police said. Police responding to a call about 12:05 a.m. Friday in southeast Wichita found 22-year-old Gabrial Campos-Torres lying on a...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 1, 2021

Kansas governor promises another push for Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly will push again this year to expand Medicaid in Kansas even though top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are less receptive to the idea than they were last year. "I will never stop fightin...

 

Tennessee Valley Authority calendar skips January, May 29

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (AP) — New year, new (incorrect) calendar. The Tennessee Valley Authority is sending out stickers to Soddy-Daisy residents who received 2021 calendars that inexplicably left out January 29 and May 29, the Chattanooga Time Free...

 

In a first, Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday overrode President Donald Trump's veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago, ensuring that the measure becomes law despite Trump's rejection. In an...

 

GOP torn over Trump's Electoral College challenge of Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's extraordinary challenge of his election defeat by President-elect Joe Biden is becoming a defining moment for the Republican Party before next week's joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral...

 

Appeals court vacates order delaying woman's execution

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the only woman on federal death row to be executed before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The ruling, handed down Friday by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals...

 

EXPLAINER: As Georgia awaits, GOP still has Senate control

ATLANTA (AP) — The consequences of Georgia's twin Senate runoffs are well known: They'll determine which party controls the Senate in the new Congress. Right? Long term, yes, that's the case. But the circumstances of Georgia's seats make the near...

 

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