President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washin

Biden: Budget talks hit 'stalemate,' $3.5T may take a while

President Joe Biden said Friday that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a "stalemate" in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation's tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investments.

House votes to protect abortion rights amid state challenges

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., updates reporters on Democratic efforts to pass President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, a
The House passed legislation Friday that would guarantee a woman's right to an abortion, an effort by Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat.

Draft of Arizona GOP's election review finds Biden won

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In this May 6, 2021 file photo, Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Cyber
A draft report of an election review in Arizona's largest county found that President Joe Biden did indeed win the 2020 race there.
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Minister: Iran will return to nuclear talks `very soon'

Iran's new foreign minister said Friday the country will return to nuclear negotiations "very soon," but accused the Biden administration of sending contradictory messages — saying it wants to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal while slapping new sanctions on Tehran and not taking "an iota of positive action."
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No stalking order for rival in GOP candidate murder plot

A judge on Friday denied a Florida Republican congressional candidate's petition for a permanent restraining order against a former rival she accused of stalking and plotting to have her murdered by a purported foreign hit squad.
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Farmer Gene Smallridge described the drought’s impacts on his Hastings farm to Gov. Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen on Friday. J

Gov. Walz announces $10M farm relief plan, but aid could get held up in political deadlock

Farmers say aid could help keep people afloat, and time is of the essence.
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Pressure rising for Democrats in Virginia governor's race

Richard Stuart, a longtime Republican state senator in Virginia, got three days' notice this summer to help pull together a weekday campaign event for Glenn Youngkin, the GOP candidate for governor.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio,

Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

men on horseback with long reins, corralling Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief:
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Wisconsin Republicans take redistricting case to high court

Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats that asks a federal court to draw political boundary lines in the battleground state.
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Court indicates it may wait to rule on Georgia abortion law

A federal appeals court seemed to indicate Friday that it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case that seeks to overturn its landmark decision guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion before ruling on the appeal of a lower court's ruling blocking a restrictive Georgia abortion law.
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Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's "crisis standards of care" guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Oregon school board ban on anti-racist, LGBT signs draws ire

An Oregon school board has banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols, prompting a torrent of recriminations and threats to boycott the town and its businesses.
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Officer in Daniel Prude death faces departmental discipline

One of several police officers seen on video pinning down Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being detained on a street in upstate New York, could face departmental discipline, the Rochester Police Department said.
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The Latest: Group files civil rights complaint against Idaho

An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over state crisis standards of care guidelines for hospitals overwhelmed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nebraska advances new congressional map that could help GOP

Nebraska lawmakers advanced new congressional boundaries Friday that could make it harder for Democratic presidential hopefuls to pick up one of the state's five Electoral College votes, as they've done twice since 2008.
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Congress, court pressure New York City to fix jails crisis

New York City faced mounting pressure Friday to solve its spiraling jail crisis, with members of Congress calling for a federal civil rights investigation and a court-appointed monitor blasting the city for a failure of leadership amid staggering violence, self-harm and the deaths this year of at least 12 inmates.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar was one of only nine House members to vote against a $1 billion funding bill for Israel’s Iron Dome.

Omar one of few voting no on Iron Dome defense funding

The $1 billion legislation passed the House by a vote of 420-9.
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GLIMPSES: Phone in hand, Barbados PM dials into issues at UN

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley certainly didn't phone in her speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Friday — but she did have what appeared to be an iPhone in hand while delivering impassioned remarks to fellow world leaders.
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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

Former ABC News executive says Chris Cuomo harassed her

A television executive who accused Chris Cuomo of groping her at a party 16 years ago says the CNN anchor needs a public education about sexual harassment and if he did that, "he'd be a hero instead of a cad."
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Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, smiles as she leaves her home in Vancouver on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

Huawei executive resolves criminal charges in deal with US

A top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies resolved criminal charges against her as part of a deal Friday with the U.S. Justice Department that paves the way for her to return to China and concludes a case that roiled relations between Washington and Beijing.
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Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow

Meeting with the leaders of India, Australia and Japan, President Joe Biden declared Friday that the U.S. and other members of the Indo-Pacific alliance known as "the Quad," are showing they "know how to get things done" in an increasingly complicated corner of the globe.
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Minnesota DNR launches new hearing process for PolyMet mine

Minnesota regulators on Friday launched a court-ordered process for assessing the risks to clean water from waste from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
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Minnesota lawmakers announced a new Reproductive Freedom Caucus amid a push by conservatives for tougher abortion laws nationwide. GLEN STUBBE • STA

DFL state lawmakers form new Reproductive Freedom Caucus

New group seeking to codify abortion protections amid restrictions, court cases nationwide.