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US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

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NEW YORK — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. ...

Senate Democrats’ $3.5T budget deal backs up Biden’s goals

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WASHINGTON — this story is a refire/new doc of last night's story with new material wire embargoed for 6 a.m. EDT Wednesday; lead with...

Norwegian cruises sues Florida over virus vaccination law

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MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line is challenging a new Florida law that prevents cruise companies from requiring passengers to show proof of vaccination against...

Indigenous children’s remains turned over from Army cemetery

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CARLISLE, Pa. — The disinterred remains of nine Native American children who died more than a century ago while attending a government-run school in...

Powell says inflation will be ‘elevated’ in coming months

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WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says that inflation “will likely remain elevated in coming months" before “moderating,” an apparent acknowledgement that price...

US to begin evacuation of Afghans who aided US military

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is set to begin evacuations of Afghans who aided the U.S. military effort in the nearly 20-year war during...

Going abroad? US government says passport waits top 3 months

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WASHINGTON — Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports. ...

Haiti seeks 5 fugitives as president killing probe deepens

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A former Haitian senator, a fired government official and an informant for the U.S. government are the latest suspects identified as...

Biden heads to Capitol to firm up Dem support for spending

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden stepped up his bid to push his multitrillion-dollar domestic plans through Congress Wednesday, scheduling a lunch with Senate Democrats...

Numbers explain how and why West bakes, burns and dries out

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The American West is baking, burning and drying in intertwined extreme weather. Four sets of numbers explain how bad it is now, while several...