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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear a major challenge to the reach of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling and decide whether states may bar nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of a pregnancy. The justices said they had voted to hear an appeal from Mississippi that urges the court to “reconsider the bright-line viability rule” that says states may not prohibit ...

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AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery unveiled their blockbuster $43-billion union Monday, a combination that would bring some of the biggest names in television — HBO, CNN, HGTV, Animal Planet and Food Network — and the Warner Bros. movie studio under one roof. As part of the all-stock deal, AT&T shareholders would own 71% of the new company and Discovery shareholders 29%. AT&T also would receive ...

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Liz Cheney said former President Donald Trump’s role in her ouster was “dangerous” and that she’ll do all she can to prevent a second Trump term. “We have to recognize what it means for the nation to have a former president who has not conceded and who continues to suggest that our electoral system cannot function,” Cheney said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “That kind of ...

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Confidence is growing that COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are holding their own against the coronavirus variants now in circulation. “Everything we’ve seen with the variants should provide marked reassurance, as far as the protection that is afforded by vaccines — particularly the vaccines that we have in the United States,” said Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps ...

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Mars is slowly revealing its secrets, and a new study of its terrain done 170 million miles away here on Earth has unveiled an anomalous glacier on a flat plain, akin to those found in Antarctica — and it could someday support humans. Glaciers and other ice have been confirmed on the Mars since 2008, as NASA chronicled at the time, and had been detected back in the 1970s by the Viking probe. ...

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Federal officials on Thursday announced a sweeping relaxation of face mask guidelines, including allowing fully vaccinated people to safely stop wearing masks in most places — either outdoors or indoors. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the ...

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Former White House counsel Don McGahn has agreed to testify in a private congressional hearing about the Russia investigation, ending a long court battle sparked by former President Donald Trump’s effort to stonewall lawmakers. McGahn, a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, will answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors, but a transcript ...

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House Republicans removed Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from their leadership ranks on Wednesday in retaliation for her refusal to fall in line with Donald Trump’s unfounded claims about the 2020 election, pleasing the former president and signaling that the party values loyalty to him above all. Convening behind closed doors, the Republicans needed less than 20 minutes to strip Cheney of her ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first meeting with all four top congressional leaders ended with the usual platitudes on Wednesday — it was “productive,” “good,” “very strong,” and suggested “a place we can find bipartisanship.” By today’s toxic standards in Washington, that’s something of an accomplishment. But it hardly means Biden has a clear path ahead in Congress for moving his agenda, ...

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WASHINGTON — Two former Trump administration officials are facing tough questions at a congressional hearing on their roles in the sharply criticized response to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Wednesday’s hearing is the latest in Congress’ attempts to grapple with the Jan. 6 riots that sent then-Vice President Mike Pence and hundreds of lawmakers into safe rooms as a pro-President Donald ...