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Biden transition OK’d to start as Trump runs out of options

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the boundaries of American democracy. Trump relented after suffering yet more legal and procedural defeats in his seemingly futile effort to overturn the election with baseless claims of fraud.
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COVID test crunch means hours-long waits before Thanksgiving

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

You can bring wine to Thanksgiving, bring sweet potatoes, bring congealed salad if you must. But you can’t bring COVID-19, and that’s causing hourslong lines at U.S. testing centers, triggering desperation among people yet to be cleared for the holiday meal.
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‘America is back’: Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced selections for his national security team Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on foreign policy and national security experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most important advisers.

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EU, other donors step up with funds to help Afghanistan

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

The European Union, the United States and other donors on Tuesday pledged billions in new funds for Afghanistan, hoping to salvage years of work aimed to foster peace and stability in the country and coax along uncertain peace talks between the government and Taliban rebels — at a time when Islamic State extremists have increasingly caused havoc and bloodshed.
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2 detained for speaking Spanish settle border patrol lawsuit

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

Two women who were detained in northern Montana by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents for speaking Spanish while shopping at a convenience store have reached an undisclosed monetary settlement in their lawsuit against the agency, the ACLU of Montana announced Tuesday.
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Texts: US census manager told counters to use fake answers

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

The texts from an Alabama census supervisor had an urgent tone. “THIS JUST IN …,” one of them began. It then laid out how census takers should fake data to mark households as having only one resident even if they had no idea how many people actually lived there.
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U.S. agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 23, 2020

The General Services Administration has ascertained that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election. President Donald Trump, who had refused to concede the election, said Monday that he is directing his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight.
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AP source: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 23, 2020

 President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary, a pivotal role in which she would help shape and direct his economic policies at a perilous time, according to a person familiar with the transition plans.
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Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 23, 2020

The federal prison system will be among the first government agencies to receive the coronavirus vaccine, though initial allotments of the vaccine will be given to staff and not to inmates, even though sickened prisoners vastly outnumber sickened staff, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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