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For years, Jill Biden couldn’t bring herself to pray, her faith shattered by the 2015 death of her son Beau from brain cancer at age 46.

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press October 21, 2021
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A Black judge went too far discouraging Black residents from avoiding jury duty when one of them cited religion as a reason he should be excused from serving in a trial, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

By Associated Press October 21, 2021
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Scaling down his “build back better” plans, President Joe Biden on Tuesday described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of a $2 trillion government-overhaul package with at least $500 billion to tackle climate change and money for middle-class priorities — child tax credits, paid family leave, health care and free pre-kindergarten.

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press October 20, 2021
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An emergency call made by a 4-year-old New Zealand boy asking for police to come over and check out his toys prompted a real-life callout and confirmation from an officer that the toys were, indeed, pretty cool.

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press October 20, 2021
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A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group demanded $1 million ransom per person, although authorities were not clear whether that amount included the five children being held, a top Haitian official said Tuesday.

By Associated Press October 19, 2021
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More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies with 100 or more workers, President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day.

By ZEKE MILLER and DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press October 19, 2021
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Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained by his faulty claims to justify the U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications.

By ROBERT BURNS, ERIC TUCKER and EILEEN PUTMAN, Associated Press October 18, 2021
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Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress.

By SUMAN NAISHADHAM, Associated Press October 18, 2021
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Texas can continue banning most abortions after a federal appeals court rejected the Biden administration’s latest attempt to stop a novel law that has become the nation’s biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years.

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press October 15, 2021
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The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge's order.

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press October 15, 2021
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A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection moved aggressively against close Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Thursday, swiftly scheduling a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against the former White House aide after he defied a subpoena.

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press October 14, 2021
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U.S. health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago should get a half-dose booster to rev up protection against the coronavirus.

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press October 14, 2021
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Yvonne Binda stands in front of a church congregation, all in pristine white robes, and tells them not to believe what they’ve heard about COVID-19 vaccines.

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press October 14, 2021
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Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022.

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, Associated Press October 13, 2021
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The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press October 13, 2021
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As William Shatner prepares to be beamed up Wednesday for his first real-life spaceflight, and to become at 90 the oldest person ever to enter the final frontier, he's bringing out the awe in the small handful of people around a rural Texas spaceport.

By CODY JACKSON and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press October 12, 2021
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One reason America's employers are having trouble filling jobs was starkly illustrated in a report Tuesday: Americans are quitting in droves.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer October 12, 2021
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Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released Tuesday.

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer October 12, 2021
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With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions of others who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine wait anxiously to learn when it's their turn.

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press October 12, 2021
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Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world's arsenal against the pandemic.

By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer October 11, 2021
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The six-hour outage at Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp was a headache for many casual users but far more serious for the millions of people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to run their businesses or communicate with relatives, fellow parents, teachers or neighbors.

By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press October 9, 2021
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The number of Americans getting COVID-19 vaccines has steadily increased to a three-month high as seniors and people with medical conditions seek boosters, and government and employer mandates push more workers to take their first doses.

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press October 9, 2021
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Can I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time?

By Associated Press October 9, 2021
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A federal appeals court has allowed Texas to resume banning most abortions, just one day after clinics began racing to serve patients again for the first time since early September.

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press October 9, 2021
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California is the first state to let some adult children add their parents as dependents on their insurance plans, a move advocates hope will cover the small population of people living in the country illegally who don’t qualify for other assistance programs.

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press October 9, 2021

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