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US Budget Deficit Hits $2.77 Trillion in 2021, 2nd Highest

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. budget deficit totaled $2.77 trillion for 2021, the second-highest on record but an improvement from the all-time high of $3.13 trillion in 2020. The deficits in both years reflected trillions of dollars in government spending…

Gov. Walz Announces Bid for Second Term

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has launched his campaign for a second term in an increasingly divided state, saying he made the tough calls necessary to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic…

Biden Team Asks Supreme Court to Pause Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure’s constitutionality plays out in the courts. The law has been in effect since September, aside…

Ret. Gen. Colin Powell Dies of COVID-19 Complications

WASHIINGTON (AP) - Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. In an announcement on social media, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. Powell was the first…

Walz to Deploy National Guard to Help Ease COVID-19 Surge

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz says he'll use the Minnesota National Guard to help alleviate staffing shortages at care facilities that are struggling with the surge in COVID-19 cases. The governor announced plans Friday at North Memorial Health…

Texas Clinics Cancel Abortions after Court Reinstates Ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas abortion clinics are canceling appointments they had booked during a 48-hour reprieve from the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. The White House on Saturday had no immediate comment after a federal appeals court reinstated the…