• In voting to impeach, SC’s Rice acknowledges political risk

    In voting to impeach, SC’s Rice acknowledges political risk
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Congressman Tom Rice says he backed the House impeachment of President Donald Trump even though he knows it could cost him his seat in his conservative South Carolina district. Rice was one of only 10 House Republicans who joined Democrats in voting for impeachment Wednesday. Rice told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was led to that decision by what he characterized as Trump’s inaction during last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. Rice s
  • Arizona, 15th state with legal pot, sees recreational sales

    Arizona, 15th state with legal pot, sees recreational sales
    PHOENIX (AP) — Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started on Friday, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold. The state joins 14 other states in the country that have broadly legalized pot. The state announced Friday it had issued 86 licenses in nine of the state’s 15 counties under provisions of the marijuana legalization measure passed by voters in November. Most of the licenses were issued in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and its suburbs, and
  • Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical

    Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical
    DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a Las Vegas-based tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon has rolled over in northwestern Arizona. One person was killed Friday and two others were critically injured. A spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the rollover isn’t yet known. In all, there were 48 people on the bus, including the driver. Of the 42 people brought to hospital, authorities say two were critically injured, seven had less serious inju
  • Arizona becomes 15th state to allow recreational pot sales

    Arizona becomes 15th state to allow recreational pot sales
    PHOENIX (AP) — Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started on Friday, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold. The state joins 14 other states in the country that have broadly legalized pot. The state announced Friday it had issued 86 licenses in nine of the state’s 15 counties under provisions of the marijuana legalization measure passed by voters in November. Most of the licenses were issued in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and its suburbs, and
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  • Sheriff: Tour bus on way to Grand Canyon rolls over in Arizona, killing 1, critically injuring 2

    Sheriff: Tour bus on way to Grand Canyon rolls over in Arizona, killing 1, critically injuring 2
    DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Sheriff: Tour bus on way to Grand Canyon rolls over in Arizona, killing 1, critically injuring 2.The post Sheriff: Tour bus on way to Grand Canyon rolls over in Arizona, killing 1, critically injuring 2 appeared first on KVOA.
  • Man accused of beating officer with flagpole ordered held

    Man accused of beating officer with flagpole ordered held
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an Arkansas man accused of beating a police officer with a flagpole during the riot at the U.S. Capitol to remain in jail as he awaits trial. U.S. Magistrate J. Thomas Ray on Friday ordered the detention of Peter Stager, who was arrested last week in Arkansas on a charge of interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder. Stager was arrested after he was identified as a man repeatedly beating a police officer repeatedly
  • ICE frees potential witnesses in Georgia medical abuse case

    ICE frees potential witnesses in Georgia medical abuse case
    HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities have released the last of nine detained women who were taken to see a rural Georgia gynecologist accused of performing unnecessary hysterectomies or other medical procedures. Lawyers say the last woman was released on Friday. Dozens of women have accused Dr. Mahendra Amin of conducting procedures without their consent that were medically unnecessary and potentially endangered their ability to have children, allegations that sparked wide outrage.
  • Biden’s early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver

    Biden’s early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged in his inaugural address to level with the American people — and the message from his first three days in office has been nothing if not grim and grimmer. He has painted a bleak picture of the country’s immediate future dealing with the coronavirus, warning Americans that it will take months, not weeks, to reorient a nation facing a historic convergence of crises. The dire language is meant as a call to action, but it is also a deli
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  • Recreational pot sales kick off in Arizona

    Recreational pot sales kick off in Arizona
    PHOENIX (AP) — Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started on Friday, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold. The state joins 14 other states in the country that have broadly legalized pot. The state announced Friday it had issued 73 licenses in nine of the state’s 15 counties under provisions of the marijuana legalization measure passed by voters in November. Most of the licenses were issued in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and its suburbs, and
  • Californians to vote on banning sale of flavored tobacco

    Californians to vote on banning sale of flavored tobacco
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians will vote in 2022 on whether the state should ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored vaping cartridges.
    Lawmakers approved the ban in 2020, but a referendum that qualified Friday means voters will have to weigh in. In the meanwhile, the law won’t take effect.
    Major tobacco companies are backing the referendum in hopes of overturning the law. Supporters of the law say flavored tobacco products get kids hooked on cigarettes
  • Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations down as deaths reach 12K

    Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations down as deaths reach 12K
    PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped slightly in the last few weeks. It was the one bright spot of news as Arizona reached a grim milestone with a pandemic death toll of more than 12,000. That puts COVID-19 on tra
  • Opposition leader urges UN to halt Belarus media crackdown

    Opposition leader urges UN to halt Belarus media crackdown
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The main opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election is urging the United Nations to call for a halt to “violence and lawlessness” in the country including media censorship, internet shutdowns, the blocking of websites and cancellation of accreditation for journalists. Former Belarus presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Media Freedom in Belarus Friday that since
  • Storms expected to drop 19 to 29 inches of snow in Flagstaff

    Storms expected to drop 19 to 29 inches of snow in Flagstaff
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two winters storms in northern Arizona over the next five days are expected to drop a combined 19 to 29 inches of snow in the Flagstaff area. A storm from Friday through Sunday is expected to bring moderate snowfall across the region, while the second storm is forecast to deliver even more snow from Monday through Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service said the Flagstaff area is expected to see seven to 11 inches of snow in the first storm and another 12 to 1
  • The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

    The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate
    PHOENIX — Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country.
    Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped slightly in the last few weeks.
    It was the one bright spot of news as Arizona reached a grim milestone with a pandemic death toll of more than 12,000.
    That puts COVID-19 on track to
  • Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8

    Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection will begin the week of Feb. 8.That's according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who announced the schedule late Friday.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send the article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Monday.Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell wants to postpone the impeachment trial until February to give the former president time to prepare
  • Judge orders plan for releasing more red wolves into wild

    Judge orders plan for releasing more red wolves into wild
    A judge has ordered the federal government to come up with a plan to release more endangered red wolves from breeding programs to bolster the dwindling wild population. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle signed an order Thursday directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draft a plan by March 1 for releasing captive-bred wolves into the wolves’ designated habitat in North Carolina. The preliminary ruling comes in a lawsuit filed late last year by red wolf conservation groups in a fede
  • Senate leader Schumer says Trump impeachment trial will start week of Feb. 8

    Senate leader Schumer says Trump impeachment trial will start week of Feb. 8
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leader Schumer says Trump impeachment trial will start week of Feb. 8.The post Senate leader Schumer says Trump impeachment trial will start week of Feb. 8 appeared first on KVOA.
  • Health Experts: January on track to deadliest month of COVID-19 in US

    Health Experts: January on track to deadliest month of COVID-19 in US
    WASHINGTON DC (CNN) - January is on track to be the deadliest month of the COVID-19 pandemic so far.A stunning statement from Dr. Anthony Fauci suggests it didn't have to be this bad.With COVID-19 deaths still far too high, a blunt admission. When asked, "did the lack of candor, did the lack of facts in some cases over the last year cost lives?", Fauci said "You know, it very likely did."There have been more than 411,000 lost to the virus, with nearly 4,000 more added just Thursday.Nationwide, a
  • Jill Biden thanks Guard members with chocolate chip cookies

    Jill Biden thanks Guard members with chocolate chip cookies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden hand-delivered chocolate chip cookies to National Guard members who blanketed Washington this week to bolster security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Biden was sworn into office two weeks after Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to block Congress from affirming Biden’s election victory over the former president. Jill Biden delivered the cookies to troops at the Capitol following her first public outing as first lady.
  • Lawsuit: NRA’s rhetoric spurred deadly synagogue shooting

    Lawsuit: NRA’s rhetoric spurred deadly synagogue shooting
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The son of a couple killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 worshippers is suing the National Rifle Association, saying the group’s inflammatory rhetoric led to the violence. Marc Simon is the son of Sylvan and Bernice Simon. He filed the wrongful death lawsuit Thursday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court against the NRA, the gun maker Colt’s Manufacturing Co. and the accused synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers. Colt manufactured the AR-15 semi-
  • Sheriff, report: Naked Florida man stole, crashed police car

    Sheriff, report: Naked Florida man stole, crashed police car
    Officials say a naked Florida man has been arrested after stealing what news footage showed to be a marked police vehicle and crashing it. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Joshua Shenker was arrested after Thursday’s crash and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and other counts. Officers responded to reports of a naked man running along Interstate 10 in western Jacksonville shortly before noon Thursday. Authorities
  • Roadrunners return to Tucson Arena for season opener on Feb. 5

    Roadrunners return to Tucson Arena for season opener on Feb. 5
    TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson’s ice-hockey team the Roadrunners will return to the ice in February after they officially announced their regular season schedule on Friday.
    Their first game is against San Jose Barracuda on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7p.m.The Roadrunners, who are owned and operated by the Arizona Coyotes, will battle San Jose in their first game on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. They will then face San Jose the next two games on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8.While the three games will be played at Tucson Arena
  • Brazil receives vaccine cargo from India amid supply concern

    Brazil receives vaccine cargo from India amid supply concern
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government has received 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from India. The announcement shipment as public health experts are sounding the alarm over insufficient supply in South America’s biggest nation. Neither the government’s Fiocruz Institute nor Sao Paulo state’s Butantan Institute have yet received the technology from their partners to produce vaccines domestically and instead must import the active ingredient. There are onl
  • The Latest: Seattle man offering COVID-19 ‘vaccine’ arrested

    The Latest: Seattle man offering COVID-19 ‘vaccine’ arrested
    SEATTLE — A suburban Seattle man who advertised a supposed COVID-19 “vaccine” he said he created in his personal lab, has been arrested.
    KUOW reports Johnny T. Stine faces a misdemeanor charge of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.
    According to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Stine advertised injections of the supposed vaccine for $400 on his personal Facebook page in March 2020. At that time, there was no authorized COVID-19 vaccine
  • Yellen’s nomination as treasury secretary advances in Senate

    Yellen’s nomination as treasury secretary advances in Senate
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nation’s 78th treasury secretary. It sets up a final vote by the full Senate as soon as Monday that would make her the first woman to hold the job. The Finance Committee approved Yellen’s nomination on a 26-0 vote. The administration is urging quick confirmation, saying it’s critical to get the top member of Biden’s economic team in place as t
  • Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot

    Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. DeSantis made the assertion during a made-for-TV moment when he joined a 100-year-old World War II veteran for a cable news appearance. The governor said “an American hero” would be the 1 millionth senior to get a lifesaving shot in the arm. As it turns out, the assertion was premature. The Republican governor later said the injection was symbolic o
  • For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

    For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first Black defense chief, in the wake of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, where retired and current military members were among the rioters touting far-right conspiracies. The retired f
  • David Ng named executive editor of The Providence Journal

    David Ng named executive editor of The Providence Journal
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The former top editor of The New York Daily News has been tapped as the next executive editor of The Providence Journal. David Ng succeeds Alan Rosenberg, who retired in December 2020 after more than four decades working at Rhode Island’s largest paper. The 62-year-old said he hopes to continue the Journal’s mission of serving as the “town square for its citizens” to gather to “share our stories and to exchange ideas and debate our opin
  • The Latest: Online vaccine appointments filling up in Kansas

    The Latest: Online vaccine appointments filling up in Kansas
    MISSION, Kan. — Online sign-ups for the coronavirus vaccine are filling up almost as quickly as they are posted as health officials in Kansas begin moving beyond immunizing just health care workers and long-term care residents.
    Saline County had to shut its down within 30 minutes after residents 65 and older nabbed all 900 available slots. That’s about how long Douglas County had its signup open before its 500 slots were filled.
    The rush comes after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announ
  • Feds: Man in Capitol attack tried to flee to Switzerland

    Feds: Man in Capitol attack tried to flee to Switzerland
    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a Colorado geophysicist accused of dragging a police officer down steps to be beaten outside the Capitol building detained after a prosecutor says he tried to flee the country and commit suicide. U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Krause said 51-year-old Jeffrey Sabol was a danger to the community and a flight risk. He cited evidence that showed Sabol on Jan. 6 helping drag a law enforcement officer down Capitol steps to be beaten by a mob. Sabol was arrested

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