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1 in 5 U.S. prisoners has had COVID; 1,700 have died

Little Rock, Ark. — One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population. In some states, more than half of prisoners have been infected, according to data collected by The ...

Federal panel: People over 75, essential workers next for vaccines

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal advisory panel recommended Sunday that people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers should be next in line for COVID-19 shots, while a second vaccine began rolling out to hospitals as the nation works to get the ...

New Kansas data set shows ICE targets thousands annually who committed no crime

TOPEKA — Thousands of people who are arrested or removed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have no criminal conviction or just a minor traffic offense, according to records compiled into a new statewide data tool made available by the American Civil Liberties Union of ...

Feds to delay seeking legal protection for monarch butterfly

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The monarch butterfly will have to wait several years more to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act despite its declining population. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider the black-and-orange butterfly, once a common sight in backyard ...

Endangered-species decision expected on beloved monarch butterfly

Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species. Stepped-up use of farm herbicides, climate change and ...

U.S. Supreme Court won’t revive Kansas’ proof of citizenship voting law

Updated at 3:23 p.m. Monday WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Kansas that sought to revive a law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote. A federal appeals court had declared the law unconstitutional. Kansas had been the only state to require people ...

‘Painful’ Thanksgiving holiday unfolds across the U.S.

Vivian Zayas can’t keep herself from scrolling through photos of last Thanksgiving, when her mother stood at the stove to make a big pot of rice and beans and then took a seat at the edge of the table. That was before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and before it claimed the retired ...

Sen. Moran says review of voting affirms that Biden won presidential race

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran referred to Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect Tuesday by pointing to state election certifications affirming defeat of President Donald Trump and by recommending the future president have benefit of national security briefings and access to federal agency ...

CDC begs Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving

Story updated at 2:31 p.m. Thursday NEW YORK (AP) — With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans on Thursday not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household. It was some of ...

U.S. Senate confirms third federal judge to District of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Solicitor General Toby Crouse as a federal judge for the District of Kansas. It is the third federal district judgeship in the state nominated by President Donald Trump. Senators voted 50-43 on Tuesday to confirm Crouse. "Toby Crouse ...

2nd virus vaccine shows overwhelming success in U.S. tests

Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide. The company said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, ...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer said Monday that an early peek at the data on its coronavirus vaccine suggests the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The ...

Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided U.S.

Story updated at 9:06 p.m. Saturday WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday and offered himself to the nation as a leader who “seeks not to divide, but to unify" a country gripped by a historic pandemic ...

Biden ahead in Pennsylvania, Georgia as Trump attacks election process

Story updated at 3:24 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden was on the cusp of winning the presidency on Friday as he opened up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania. Those put Biden in a stronger position to capture ...

Biden-Trump counting presses ahead 2 days after Election Day

Story updated at 4:02 p.m. Thursday WASHINGTON (AP) — Election officials in key battlegrounds pressed forward Thursday with presidential vote counting as Democrat Joe Biden urged patience and President Donald Trump pursued legal options with little success, insisting the processing of ...

Biden wins Wisconsin and Michigan, narrowing Trump’s path

Story updated at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden won the battleground prizes of Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday, reclaiming a key part of the “blue wall” that slipped away from Democrats four years ago and dramatically narrowing President Donald Trump's pathway to ...