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The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they reported no breakthroughs in high-level, high-stakes talks on Friday aimed at preventing a feared Russian invasion.

By MATTHEW LEE and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press January 21, 2022
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The Georgia prosecutor looking into possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 general election by former President Donald Trump and others has asked for a special grand jury to aid the investigation.

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press January 21, 2022
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The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to U.S. residents starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings.

By Associated Press January 20, 2022
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For the first time, people across the U.S. can log on to a government website and order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. But the White House push may do little to ease the omicron surge, and experts say Washington will have to do a lot more to fix the country’s long-troubled testing system.

By MATTHEW PERRONE and KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press January 19, 2022
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Senators opened an emotional, raw debate Wednesday on voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy but that's almost certain to be defeated without a filibuster rules change.

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent January 19, 2022
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The United States and Russia dug in their heels Wednesday over Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's border with no sign either will relent from entrenched positions that have raised fears of a Russian invasion and a new war in Europe.

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer January 19, 2022
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Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested Tuesday that he'd support primary challengers against Democratic colleagues Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, further intensifying a political battle pitting members of President Joe Biden's party against one another.

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press January 19, 2022
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The Biden administration plans to significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around areas called “hotspots” where nature and neighborhoods collide.

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press January 18, 2022
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Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate opened debate Tuesday, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden’s own party as two holdout senators refuse to support rule changes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent January 18, 2022
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COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too, leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted.

By MEG KINNARD and BRYAN GALLION, Associated Press January 17, 2022
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Biltmore United Methodist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, is for sale.

By HOLLY MEYER and HALELUYA HADERO, Associated Press January 17, 2022
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Russia's top diplomat angrily rejected the U.S. allegations that it was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine as Russian troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday.

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press January 17, 2022
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Martin Luther King III came to Arizona with harsh words for Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose refusal to change the Senate's Jim Crow-era filibuster rules makes voting rights legislation unlikely to pass.

By TERRY TANG, Associated Press January 17, 2022
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A Nevada congresswoman and several elected and tribal officials announced support Friday for national monument designation over a broad area south of Las Vegas they say is biologically diverse and rich with Native American cultural significance.

By Associated Press January 15, 2022
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Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, and 10 other members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, COLLEEN LONG and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press January 14, 2022
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Senate Democrats are trying to force a public showdown over their sweeping elections legislation, aiming to launch debate on a key party priority even though there’s no assurance the bill will come to a vote.

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press January 14, 2022
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For companies that were waiting to hear from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding whether to require vaccinations or regular coronavirus testing for workers, the next move is up to them.

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer January 14, 2022
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The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.

By Associated Press January 13, 2022
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Pope Francis suggested Monday that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was a “moral obligation" and denounced how people had been swayed by “baseless information” to refuse one of the most effective measures to save lives during the pandemic.

By Associated Press January 13, 2022
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Orthodox Christians in Russia, Serbia and other countries observed Christmas on Friday, Jan. 7 amid restrictions aimed at dampening the spread of the coronavirus, but few worshipers appeared concerned as they streamed into churches on Christmas Eve.

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press January 13, 2022
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Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.

By MARIA CHENG and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press January 12, 2022
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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military organization and Russia have agreed to try to set up more meetings to ease tensions between them amid deep concern in the West about whether Moscow might order an invasion of Ukraine.

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press January 12, 2022
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Inflation jumped at its fastest pace in nearly 40 years last month, a 7 percent spike from a year earlier that is pushing up household expenses, eating into wage gains and heaping pressure on President Joe Biden and the Federal Reserve to address a growing threat to the U.S. economy.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer January 12, 2022
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Moscow and Washington both took uncompromising stands Tuesday ahead of more talks amid a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, with the U.S. rebuffing a demand to halt NATO expansion and the Kremlin saying it will quickly see if it's worthwhile to even keep negotiating.

By DASHA LITVINOVA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press January 11, 2022
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Pounding his fist for emphasis, President Joe Biden challenged senators on Tuesday to “stand against voter suppression,” urging them to change Senate rules in order to pass voting rights legislation that Republicans are blocking from debate and votes.

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, COLLEEN LONG and JEFF AMY, Associated Press January 11, 2022

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