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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will sign the bill headed to her desk that prevents transgender girls from playing on sports teams of their gender identity.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 18:26

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, says she is excited to sign a bill that lawmakers have passed that bans transgender girls from sports teams of their gender identity.

Pope Francis leaves Iraq Monday after his four-day visit to the country, a first for the papacy. President Biden said the pope and his trip set an example for the entire world.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 17:08

The pope spent four days visiting six cities. He met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric to encourage Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Demonstrators who oppose voting bills that, among other things, would end no-excuse absentee voting, wear chains while holding a sit-in inside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on Monday.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 17:07

Despite Senate passage, some of the state's top Republicans, including the governor, have indicated they oppose curbing mail-in voting.

Two health care workers prepare syringes with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine in London Monday. A U.K. study will expose volunteers to the coronavirus and could help development of future vaccines.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 15:55

Exposing people to a potentially fatal disease could hasten understanding of COVID-19 and development of new vaccines and treatments. But the risks of such studies raise serious ethical questions.

Edgar McGregor, with some of the debris he's collected from Eaton Canyon, part of the Angeles National Forest in Southern California.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 15:42

Edgar McGregor, 20, says he has been cleaning up trash in Eaton Canyon every day for more than a year and a half. He declared it finally free of municipal waste on Friday, but says his work continues.

A Joe Biden supporter with a Venezuelan flag cheers during a Biden campaign event at Camping World Stadium on October 27, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 15:27

The Biden administration's decision represents a major policy shift from the Trump team, which withstood bipartisan calls to grant the protections to Venezuelans fleeing life-threatening crises.

Radio journalists work in the studio at the headquarters of the independent Hungarian radio station, the Klubradio in Budapest on Feb. 9. It was removed from the airways after the national media regulator would not renew its license, raising new press freedom concerns in the European Union member state.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 13:14

Taking Klubradio off the air was the latest blow to press freedom in a country where the right-wing populist leadership and its allies have increased control and influence over the media.

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, the subject of Walter Isaacson's new biography <em>The Code Breaker, </em>shared a Nobel prize in chemistry in 2020 for the part she played in developing the CRISPR gene editing technology.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 12:48

The Code Breaker profiles Jennifer Doudna, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist key to the development of CRISPR, and examines the technology's exciting possibilities and need for oversight.

Police officers are shown arresting <em>Des Moines Register</em> reporter Andrea Sahouri after a Black Lives Matter protest she was covering on May 31, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Sahouri went on trial Monday on charges of failing to disperse and interfering with official acts.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 12:45

The Des Moines Register reporter, Andrea Sahouri, was arrested as she covered a Black Lives Matter protest. "Treating media work as a crime is a human rights violation," Amnesty International said.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts broke with his colleagues on the court, filing a solo dissent for the first time in his nearly 16 years on the bench.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 12:44

In an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of two former students blocked from expressing religious opinions on campus. But Roberts protested keeping the case alive after the college caved.

Deputy Attorney General nominee Lisa Monaco speaks during an event with then-President-elect Joe Biden in Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 7. Her confirmation hearing is on Tuesday.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 12:31

Two more of President Biden's nominees to lead the Justice Department will be questioned by the Senate this week as Merrick Garland prepares for confirmation as attorney general.

Security fencing surrounds the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection. A new assessment commissioned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggests a mobile fencing system that could be adapted based on threats.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:09

An insurrection task force directed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says U.S. Capitol Police need more support to address security weaknesses. The review was led by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill sent potential jurors in Derek Chauvin's trial home on Monday. Here, a painting of Floyd is seen outside the Hennepin County Government Center, where the trial is taking place.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 10:39

A pool of potential jurors were in the court building, waiting to start the selection process. But they're being sent home for the day.

As the U.S. accelerates its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday released new guidance for individuals who have been fully inoculated.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 10:08

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can gather indoors in some circumstances but should keep wearing masks in public.

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, seen here during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, announced he will not run for reelection in 2022.
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 09:59

Blunt is the fifth Republican senator to announce his intention not to seek reelection next year.

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