Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks before President Joe Biden signs the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law during a ceremony on t

Last straw: Fed-up Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Sinema

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party's most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many consider essential to preserving democracy.

What to do with $7.7 billion? We ask Minnesota's political leaders

Gov. Tim Walz said he wants to use part of the surplus to tackle rising costs and lack of child care.
Minnesota's historic budget surplus will be debated this session.

Rep. Tom Emmer scores Congressional Gold Medal for hockey icon Willie O'Ree

Rep. Tom Emmer has pushed to honor hockey legend Willie O’Ree with a Congressional Gold Medal.
Willie O'Ree made history in 1958 when he became the National Hockey League's first Black player.
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Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy's president

Former premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday bowed out of Italy's presidential election set for next week, claiming he had the votes to win but the country could ill-afford political divisions during the pandemic.
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New York Police officers investigated the scene of a shooting in Harlem on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Young officer slain in Harlem joined to help 'chaotic city'

The 22-year-old New York City police officer who was shot to death while responding to a call in a Harlem apartment came from an immigrant family and grew up in a community with strained police relations, but joined the force to make a difference in the "chaotic city," he once wrote.
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Dave New did some shopping in the Twin Cities Mobile Market bus as it stopped at Parkway Gardens Senior Apartment Community in St. Paul.

After record year, Market Bucks program for low-income Minnesotans expands this spring

The statewide program, which offers incentives for Minnesotans on food stamps to purchase fresh, locally grown foods, landed a federal grant that will double its budget this year.
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Despite key win, Venezuela's opposition split over strategy

Iglenda Monzón lost her restaurant to Venezuela's protracted economic crisis. Her daughters then emigrated to Colombia to find work and left behind two children. She and the boys sometimes go hungry and often do not have running water, electricity or gas.

Taliban say bombers target minivan in Afghanistan, 7 dead

A bomb attached to a packed minivan exploded in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, killing at least seven civilians and wounding nine others, Taliban officials said.

Baltic nations to ship Washington-endorsed arms to Ukraine

The Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania plan to send U.S.-made anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, a move that the United States fully endorsed Saturday amid Kyiv's escalating tensions with Russia.

Kuwaiti minister in Lebanon over diplomatic row with gulf

Kuwait's foreign minister handed Lebanese officials Saturday a list of suggestions for confidence-building measures with oil-rich Gulf states after relations between the two sides deteriorated dramatically in recent months.
People inspect the wreckage of buildings that were damaged by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

Houthis, aid group: Death toll from prison airstrike hits 82

The death toll from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels has climbed to at least 82 detainees, the rebels and an aid group said Saturday.

Witnesses: Extremists abduct 17 girls in northeast Nigeria

Islamic extremists have abducted 17 girls in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Saturday as the West African nation's military said it "remains resolute in decisively countering the terrorists."
Protestors gathered to demonstrate against the coronavirus measures including the vaccine pass, in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.

Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

Thousands of people gathered in European capitals Saturday to protest vaccine passports and other requirements governments have imposed in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic.

'Whoa, that's not right': Georgia towns lead census appeals

When officials in Chester, Georgia, heard that the 2020 census had pegged their small town at 525 people, their jaws dropped. They believed the town was almost triple that size and feared an inaccurate number could force them to make budget cuts.

Sheriff agrees to improve jail conditions to settle lawsuit

A Georgia sheriff has agreed to improve jail conditions for women with serious mental illness to settle a lawsuit alleging that prolonged solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions risked causing them serious psychological harm.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

ABC's "This Week" — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

UK lawmaker says he'll go to police with 'blackmail' claims

A British politician who accuses the government of blackmailing opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will take his allegations to the police.

Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

The Minnesota Legislature will enjoy a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Jan. 31, a strong financial position but one that is bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on plenty of needs or return it to taxpayers.

With Roe in doubt, states act on abortion limits, expansions

It didn't take long for abortion to re-emerge as a flashpoint in state legislatures.

Samoa goes into lockdown after 15 Australians test positive

The prime minister of Samoa has placed the small Pacific nation into a 48-hour lockdown after 15 passengers on a flight from Australia tested positive for COVID-19.

China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

The sweeping "zero-tolerance" strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic.

Omicron wave leaves US food banks scrambling for volunteers

Food banks across the country are experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers as the omicron variant frightens people away from their usual shifts, and companies and schools that regularly supply large groups of volunteers are canceling their participation over virus fears.

Germany: Party picks conservative leader for post-Merkel era

Delegates from the party of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed prominent conservative Friedrich Merz as the Christian Democratic Union's new leader Saturday as the center-right party seeks to redefine itself.