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Court could reimpose Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, presenting President Joe Biden with an early test of his opposition to capital punishment. The justices agreed to hear an appeal filed by the Trump ...

Janey becomes 1st woman, person of color to be Boston mayor

BOSTON (AP) — Boston has a new mayor in Kim Janey, who became the city's first female and first person of color to take the office Monday. Marty Walsh resigned Monday evening to become President Joe Biden's labor secretary. The Boston City Council President Janey, who is Black, stepped into ...

Mysterious new system at border keeps migrants guessing

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — After hearing rumors that Central American families with younger children were being allowed into the U.S., Irma Paz left Honduras with her husband and two kids on a nearly two-month journey to the banks of the Rio Grande. They waded through the cold waters, turned ...

US weather model upgraded to better forecast extreme events

The National Weather Service has turbocharged its lagging forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards and downpours, as well as day-to-day weather. By including much higher layers of the atmosphere, increased factoring of ocean waves and other ...

AstraZeneca: US data shows vaccine effective for all adults

WASHINGTON (AP) — AstraZeneca reported Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection among adults of all ages in a long-anticipated U.S. study, a finding that could help rebuild public confidence in the shot around the world and move it a step closer to clearance in the U.S. In ...

Overstimulated? Stocks soar 75% in historic 12-month run

NEW YORK (AP) — It was one year ago that the terrifying free fall for the stock market suddenly ended, ushering in one of its greatest runs. On March 23, 2020, the S&P 500 fell 2.9%. In all, the index dropped nearly 34% in about a month, wiping out three years' worth of gains for the ...

CDC changes school guidance, allowing desks to be closer

NEW YORK (AP) — Students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch or chorus practice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its ...

Powell: US economy gaining, but recovery ‘far from complete’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reiterated his belief Friday that while the U.S. economy has been steadily rebounding from the devastation caused by the pandemic recession, the recovery is far from complete and needs continued support from the Fed. In an opinion piece ...

NY prosecutors interview Cohen an 8th time in Trump inquiry

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was interviewed on Friday for an eighth time by New York prosecutors investigating the former president's finances. Cohen met with investigators at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office amid a swirl of new activity in ...

Famed Tiffany jewelry designer Elsa Peretti dead at age 80

NEW YORK (AP) — Elsa Peretti, who went from Halston model and Studio 54 regular in the 1960s and '70s to one of the world's most famous jewelry designers with timeless, fluid Tiffany & Co. collections often inspired by nature, has died. She was 80. She died Thursday night in her sleep at ...

Restaurants embrace end to capacity limit, challenges remain

While Connecticut restaurateurs welcomed the end to COVID-related capacity limits inside their establishments on Friday, an industry trade group is cautioning that it's just a first step toward getting back to business as usual. Scott Dolch, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant ...

Pot legalization bill falters in New Mexico Legislature

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico appeared to falter in the final hours of a 60-day legislative session as the Senate postponed a floor debate and turned to other bills. Legislators had until noon Saturday to send the legalization initiative to ...

Maple celebrations return in some states, with precautions

Maple season is a time-honored tradition in the Northeast, when sap starts to flow in maple trees and is collected and boiled into syrup, with visitors coming to sugar houses to see the operations firsthand. But the pandemic forced some states to cancel or postpone their annual sweet ...

New York Times: Current aide accuses Cuomo of sex harassment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who currently works in the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he looked down her shirt and made suggestive remarks to her and another aide, according to a newspaper report published Friday. Alyssa McGrath told The New York Times that Cuomo called her ...

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed due to COVID outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, has been partially closed after staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. That's according to several people, including one familiar with club operations, who said Mar-a-Lago had "partially ...

Fallout from riot, virus leaves toxic mood on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mood is so bad at the U.S. Capitol that a Democratic congressman recently let an elevator pass him by rather than ride with Republican colleagues who voted against certifying Joe Biden's election. Republicans say it's Democrats who just need to get over it — move on ...

In poor districts, pandemic overwhelms school counselors

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — To help her students keep up with school this year, counselor Nadia Pearce has tried it all. She reminds them of goals they had before the pandemic, for college or a career. She calls parents and goes over how their children are supposed to log in for distance ...

‘Speak out:’ Biden, Harris decry racism during Atlanta visit

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris offered solace to Asian Americans and denounced the scourge of racism at times hidden "in plain sight" as they visited Atlanta, just days after a white gunman killed eight people, most of them Asian American ...

Will work from home outlast virus? Ford’s move suggests yes

DETROIT (AP) — It's a question occupying the minds of millions of employees who have worked from home the past year: Will they still be allowed to work remotely — at least some days — once the pandemic has faded? On Wednesday, one of America's corporate titans, Ford Motor Co., supplied ...

Mars rover sends back grinding, squealing sounds of driving

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest Mars rover has sent back the first-ever sounds of driving on the red planet — a grinding, clanking, banging affair that by Earth standards would be pretty worrisome. The noises made by Perseverance's six metal wheels and suspension on the first ...