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Heading into a critical midterm election year, the top political concerns of Americans are shifting in ways that suggest Democrats face considerable challenges to maintaining their control of Congress.

By WILL WEISSERT and HANNAH FINGERHUT, Associated Press January 10, 2022
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A malfunctioning space heater sparked a fire that filled a high-rise Bronx apartment building with thick smoke Sunday morning, killing 19 people including nine children in New York City’s deadliest blaze in three decades.

By DAVID PORTER, BOBBY CAINA CALVAN and MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press January 10, 2022
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Bob Saget, the actor-comedian known for his role as beloved single dad Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House” and as the wisecracking host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” died while on a stand-up tour. He was 65.

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer January 10, 2022
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President Joe Biden forcefully blamed Donald Trump and his supporters Thursday for holding a “dagger at the throat of democracy” with election lies that sparked last year's deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, using the anniversary of the attack to warn that America's system of government remains under urgent threat.

By LISA MASCARO, ZEKE MILLER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press January 7, 2022

The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant.

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press January 7, 2022
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U.S. employers added a modest 199,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate fell sharply, at a time when businesses are struggling to fill jobs with many Americans remaining reluctant to return to the workforce.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer January 7, 2022
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In his New Year's wishes to the world, Pope Francis encouraged people Saturday to focus on the good which unites them and decried violence against women while acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has left many scared and struggling amid economic inequality.

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press January 6, 2022
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Long after most other lawmakers had been rushed to safety, they were on the hard marble floor, ducking for cover.

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press January 5, 2022
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Sen. Joe Manchin sounded a skeptical note Tuesday about the prospects of easing the Senate's filibuster rules, raising doubts about whether he will provide crucial support to the Democrats' renewed push to advance stalled voting legislation they say is needed to protect democracy.

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent January 4, 2022
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A jury has ended the suspense surrounding the fraud trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes by finding her guilty on four of the 11 charges facing her, but some issues in the legal drama remain unresolved.

By Associated Press January 4, 2022
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The New York attorney general’s office confirmed Monday that it has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., demanding their testimony in an investigation into the family’s business practices.

By Associated Press January 4, 2022
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What students are learning about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 may depend on where they live.

By Associated Press January 4, 2022
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A record 4.5 million American workers quit their jobs in November, a sign of confidence and more evidence that the U.S. job market is bouncing back strongly from last year's coronavirus recession.

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer January 4, 2022
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An athletic Hungarian farm dog and a tiny pet of bygone Russian aristocrats are the latest breeds in the American Kennel Club's purebred lineup.

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press January 4, 2022
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President Joe Biden urged concern but not alarm Tuesday as the U.S. set new records for daily reported COVID-19 cases and his administration struggled to ease concerns about testing shortages, school closures and other disruptions caused by the surging omicron variant.

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press January 4, 2022
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Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or the loopy housemate on “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 99.

By LYNN ELBER and FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press January 3, 2022
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Search teams looked for two missing people in the smoldering debris from a massive Colorado wildfire while people who escaped the flames sorted through the charred remnants of their homes to find what was left.

By THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press January 3, 2022
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The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge, with the Food and Drug Administration allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12.

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer January 3, 2022
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New York City will ring in 2022 in Times Square as planned despite record numbers of COVID-19 infections in the city and around the nation, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

By Associated Press December 30, 2021
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The omicron-fueled surge that is sending COVID-19 cases rocketing in the U.S. is putting children in the hospital in close to record numbers, and experts lament that most of the youngsters are not vaccinated.

By MARTHA BELLISLE and TERRY TANG, Associated Press December 30, 2021
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Wall Street delivered another strong year for investors in 2021, as a resurgence in consumer demand fueled by the reopening of the global economy pumped up corporate profits.

By Associated Press December 30, 2021
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The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that he's worried about the omicron and delta variants of COVID-19 combining to produce a “tsunami” of cases, but said he's still hopeful that the world will put the worst of the pandemic behind it in 2022.

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press December 29, 2021
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He was an accomplished amateur boxer who'd rather dance.

By LAURIE KELLMAN and KEN RITTE, Associated Press December 29, 2021
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More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant.

By Kathleen Foody, Associated Press December 29, 2021
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Kevin Almestica recalls unwrapping a Christmas present at age 5 to find his favorite G.I. Joe action figure with a card from his mom who was serving time at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex.

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and MARIAM FAM, Associated Press December 29, 2021

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