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Last of new class of Navy warships departs shipyard

BATH, Maine (AP) — The last of a new class of warships departed a Maine shipyard Wednesday. The USS Lyndon B. Johnson was constructed at Bath Iron Works and is the last in a class of three ships the U.S. Navy has described as the largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyers in ...

Kids’ low COVID-19 vaccination rates called a ‘gut punch’

Distrust, misinformation and delays because of the holidays and bad weather have combined to produce what authorities say are alarmingly low COVID-19 vaccination rates in U.S. children ages 5 to 11. As of Tuesday, just over 17% were fully vaccinated, more than two months after shots became ...

Biogen tumbles after Medicare lays out Aduhelm coverage plan

Shares of Biogen slid Wednesday, a day after federal regulators slapped coverage limitations on the drugmaker's new Alzheimer's disease treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday after markets closed that patients taking Biogen's Aduhelm will have to also ...

Redistricting, schools cash formula anchor Tennessee session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers kicked off their annual session Tuesday in Nashville with a focus on addressing how the state funds public schools, redrawing state legislative and congressional maps, and finalizing a new spending plan for the upcoming year. The legislative ...

Neo-Nazi gets 7 years for threats to reporters, activists

SEATTLE (AP) — A Neo-Nazi who helped lead a campaign to threaten journalists and Jewish activists in three states was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in federal prison — the longest prison term handed out to the participants in the conspiracy. A jury convicted Kaleb Cole in September of ...

DeSantis: Freedom is good, COVID mandates, lockdowns are bad

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made it clear in his State of the State speech Tuesday that he likes teachers, first responders and freedom and he doesn't like Dr. Anthony Fauci, critical race theory, abortion, illegal immigration and Burmese pythons. DeSantis opened his ...

GOP bill in Florida would ban abortions after 15 weeks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Most abortions would be banned in Florida after 15 weeks of pregnancy under bills filed Tuesday by Republicans on the first day of the state's annual legislative session. The measures by Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Erin Grall are similar to a Mississippi law ...

North Carolina deputy makes frantic 911 call after shooting

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — An off-duty sheriff's deputy had a frantic conversation with a 911 operator after fatally shooting a Black man last weekend in North Carolina, saying the pedestrian did "jump on my vehicle and broke my windshield," according to an audio recording released ...

Chicago mayor tests positive for COVID-19

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The Democrat said she has "cold-like symptoms" but otherwise feels fine. She credited being vaccinated and receiving a booster shot. "I will continue to work from home while following the CDC ...

Indiana lawmakers get pushback on partisan school board bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — School board members from across Indiana voiced opposition Tuesday to a Republican-backed proposal that would add political party identifications to what are now nonpartisan school board elections throughout the state. The bill's author, Republican Rep. J.D. Prescott of ...

Separate plans propose raises for Mississippi teachers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House and Senate are pushing forward with separate plans to give pay raises to teachers. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 530, and the whole House could debate the bill in coming days. The committee action happened a day ...

American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt dies at 85

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Clyde Bellecourt, a leader in the Native American struggle for civil rights and a founder of the American Indian Movement, has died. He was 85. Bellecourt died Tuesday morning from cancer at his home in Minneapolis, Peggy Bellecourt, his wife, told the Star Tribune. Lisa ...

Noem to push abortion ban after 6 weeks, conservative vision

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday said she would push legislation to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, as she laid out a sharply conservative list of priorities to start the state's legislative session. During the final State of the State address of her ...

Murphy balances omicron spread with moving ahead in 2nd term

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Citing spiraling omicron variant case counts and hospitalizations and facing an expiration of his emergency powers, New Jersey's Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy again declared a public health emergency during his fourth state of the state address. Speaking remotely in a ...

Planners of Jan. 6 Trump rally subpoenaed by House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas on Tuesday to two Republican strategists and a Trump administration official regarding their involvement in the planning and preparation of one of the rallies that preceded the attack. Mississippi ...

Alabama lawmakers begin session amid COVID surge, elections

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers returned to Montgomery on Tuesday to begin the 2022 legislative session against a backdrop of rising coronavirus cases and looming elections, faced with major decisions including how to use the state's remaining pandemic relief funds. Congress ...

Local COVID contact tracing now optional in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will no longer require local health departments to conduct contact tracing for people who test positive for COVID-19, state health officials said Tuesday. The shift will help public health staff across New York focus on testing and vaccination, Health ...

US Navy to drain Hawaii tank system blamed for tainted water

HONOLULU (AP) — After initially resisting, the U.S. Navy will comply with Hawaii's order to remove fuel from a massive underground storage tank facility near Pearl Harbor blamed for contaminating drinking water, officials said Tuesday. The Navy is making preparations to defuel the facility, ...

Abrams noticeably absent from Biden’s voting rights push

ATLANTA (AP) — There was a prominent Atlanta resident missing on Tuesday when President Joe Biden swung through the city to press for voting rights protections: Stacey Abrams. During a day that was shrouded in the city's legacy as the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, the absence of one ...

Judges let North Carolina GOP redistricting plans stand

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judicial panel refused Tuesday to throw out redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, rejecting arguments that the lines were illegal because they were politically stacked for the GOP. The unanimous decision by the three ...