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Businesses' requests far outweigh $242 million Minnesota relief package

State and county officials have distributed the bulk of the aid approved in December.

Guard troops sat for hours awaiting Pentagon approval to defend Capitol

Army Maj. Gen. William Walker, Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, speaks to Sen. Amy Klobuchar after a Senate joint hearin
A hearing co-chaired by Sen. Amy Klobuchar focused on the delay in deploying troops.

Minnesota farmers prepare for new direction from Washington

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Bonnie Haugen and her family have been farming near Canton, Minn., near the Iowa border since the 1990s.
A new year brings new reasons for optimism for Minnesota's farmers, fueled by a booming export market with China and forecasts for a strong 2021 harvest. But the new administration has farmers wondering what's in store.
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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen inoculated against COVID-19

Cambodian Prime Minister Hu Sen was inoculated Thursday with a vaccine supplied by the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative, as a plan to immunize up to two-thirds of the country's population was on track to be completed by the end of the year.
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George Floyd

With Biden's backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing

Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled Wednesday to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they say hurt them during last fall's election.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democratic Caucus gather to address reporters on H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, at the C

House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation Wednesday over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation.
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Asian shares track Wall St decline as bond yields rebound

Asian shares fell Thursday, tracking a decline on Wall Street as another rise in bond yields rattled investors who worry that higher inflation may prompt central banks to raise ultra-low interest rates.
Anti-coup protesters ran as one of them discharged a fire extinguisher to counter tear gas fired by riot policemen in Yangon, Myanmar, Wednesday, Marc

UN: 38 died on deadliest day yet for Myanmar coup opposition

Myanmar security forces were seen firing slingshots at protesters, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew in video showing a dramatic escalation of violence against opponents of last month's military coup.

Idaho lawmaker draws ire after saying moms should stay home

A decision by Idaho lawmakers to reject a $6 million federal grant to improve early childhood education — and comments from one lawmaker who said mothers belong at home — raised the ire of women across the state.

U.S. House passes bill to overhaul policing

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act had been approved last summer but stalled in the Senate.

Virus surge forces Sao Paulo to shut as Buenos Aires reopens

A swell of COVID-19 cases is halting samba steps in Brazil's biggest metropolis while Argentina's capital tiptoes its way back to the tango floor.

Texas power grid CEO fired after deadly February blackouts

Texas' power grid manager was fired Wednesday amid growing calls for his ouster following February's deadly blackouts that left millions of people without electricity and heat for days in subfreezing temperatures.

Hong Kong democracy activists' court hearing enters 4th day

A marathon court hearing for 47 democracy activists charged under Hong Kong's national security law entered its fourth day on Thursday, as the court deliberates whether the defendants will be granted bail.

House panel seeks storm documents from Texas grid operator

The House Oversight Committee is investigating the agency that operates the Texas power grid, seeking information and documents about the lack of preparation for the recent winter storm that caused millions of power outages and dozens of deaths across the state.
Elaine Chao

IG faults Elaine Chao at Transportation over ethics concerns

The Transportation Department's watchdog asked the Justice Department to criminally investigate Elaine Chao late last year over concerns that she misused her office when she was transportation secretary under President Donald Trump but was rebuffed, according to a report released Wednesday.

The Latest: SKorean economy shrinks for 1st time in 22 years

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's central bank says the country's economy shrank for the first time in 22 years in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic destroyed service industry jobs and depressed consumer spending.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday rejected calls for his resignation in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have threatened his hold on power and damaged his national political standing.

Chicago mayor proposes new rules after botched police raid

Chicago's mayor on Wednesday proposed changes in the way police serve search warrants, the latest move to regain public trust that was damaged when officers stormed into the wrong home and forced the woman living there to stand naked in handcuffs for several minutes.

South Korea's first known transgender soldier found dead

South Korea's first known transgender soldier, who protested the military's decision last year to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, was found dead at her home on Wednesday.

EXPLAINER: What to look for at China's annual Congress

China's legislature begins its annual meeting this week with economic growth, climate and a crackdown on political opponents in Hong Kong expected to be on the agenda.
Commanding General District of Columbia National Guard Major General William J. Walker is sworn in during a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and

General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot

Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response.

Australia's leader backs attorney-general accused of rape

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday expressed support for his attorney-general, who this week denied accusations he raped a schoolgirl when he was a teenager.
The U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Police uncover 'possible plot' by militia to breach Capitol

Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's victory.