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Lights come back on in Texas as water woes rise in the South

A couple walk through falling snow, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in downtown San Antonio.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Many Texans finally have electricity back after a deadly blast of winter this week overwhelmed the electrical grid and left millions shivering in the cold for days. But the crisis is far from over, with 7 million in the…

NASA Rover Lands on Mars Looking for Signs of Life

This photo made available by NASA shows the second image sent by the Perseverance rover showing the surface of Mars, just after landing in the Jezero crater, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA via AP) A NASA rover has landed on Mars in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red…

Former Republican Presidential Nominee Bob Dole Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2018 file photo, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole smiles as he gets a kiss from his wife Elizabeth Dole as he is honored with a Congressional Gold Medal, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Former longtime Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage…

UCLA student with extremist views who FBI says sat in Pence’s chair is charged in Capitol riot

AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles college student and self-described fascist has been arrested after sitting in former Vice President Mike Pence’s chair in the Senate chambers during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Officials say Christian Secor was ordered held without bail Tuesday during his first appearance in federal court. Secor is…

US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) A new report finds that life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths. Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black people losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years. The estimates were re-leased Thursday by the Centers…

Lawmakers facing off with GameStop saga’s key players

 (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing Thursday following January’s GameStop saga during which shares soared 1,600% before falling back to Earth. The episode has been portrayed as a victory of the little guy over Wall Street giants, but not everyone is buying it. Lawmakers of both parties are among the skeptics….

Radio Talk Show Host Rush Limbaugh Dies

FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died. His death Wednesday at the age of 70…

Biden Extends Pandemic Help for Homeowners

 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages had been set to expire on March 31. On his first day in office, Biden had extended the moratorium from Jan. 31. Census Bureau figures…

Sen. Richard Shelby Releases Statement after Voting to Acquit Trump

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) was one of 43 senators who voted to acquit former President Trump of inciting the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  The vote this afternoon was 57 guilty to 43 not guilty. There needed to be 67 senators to vote “guilty” in order for Trump to have been convicted. Following the vote, Shelby released…