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WASHINGTON — Any mandates in the U.S. to require people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be set locally, not federally, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. “It may very well be that local businesses, local jurisdictions, will work towards vaccine mandates,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “That is going to be locally driven and ...

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BALTIMORE — Medina Spirit tested positive for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone after his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday morning, a result that could throw the Triple Crown series into chaos ahead of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. “Medina Spirit has never been treated [with] betamethasone,” Baffert said at an impromptu news conference outside his barn at ...

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WASHINGTON — A battle over the future of the Republican Party is set to play out this week as House members vote on whether to dump Rep. Liz Cheney, a critic of former President Donald Trump, from their leadership ranks. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise have both publicly backed Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Cheney. McCarthy made his endorsement Sunday in a ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin should receive a new trial in the murder of George Floyd because of prosecutorial misconduct, judicial error and impropriety by jurors, an attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer argued in a new filing. Motions filed Tuesday by defense attorney Eric Nelson focused heavily on several alleged missteps by Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who ...

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WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia should become part of Maryland rather than a new state if it wants to ensure congressional representation for its residents, Sen. Susan Collins said. The Maine Republican weighed in Sunday on the issue of statehood after the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill in April to make D.C. the 51st state. “Washington D.C. is a city, it’s ...

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WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday that would make Washington the 51st state, but the bill’s journey is far from over. Democrats held together to vote in favor of D.C. statehood, and no Republicans crossed party lines to join them. It marked a day of celebration for some, but advocates know there’s work to do to convince a gridlocked Senate to pass the bill. Washington Del. Eleanor ...

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BALITMORE — An inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found significant sanitation and procedural problems at the East Baltimore plant that ruined 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Released Wednesday, the new documents shed light into Emergent BioSolutions’ continued lack of federal authorization to distribute the vaccine it’s produced. Inspectors found ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Testimony in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin ended Thursday with Chauvin invoking his constitutional right not to testify and a prosecution expert briefly taking the witness stand, with jurors likely to begin deliberating Monday. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday, moving the trial into its seventh week. Jurors will be immediately ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — A pathologist testifying for the defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin told the court Wednesday that George Floyd died of a cardiac arrest combined with drug use, and not low oxygen as several prosecution witnesses have claimed. Dr. David Fowler also testified that the manner of death was "undetermined" due to a combination of factors, ...

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee approved a bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state, sending it to a vote on the House floor as soon as next week. But the legislation, which cleared the committee on a 25-19 party-line vote, stands little chance in the Senate in the face of broad opposition from Republicans. “The United States is the only democratic country ...