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Left out of MeToo: New initiative focuses on Black survivors

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

It’s been more than three years since the #MeToo movement launched a culture-shifting conversation about sexual violence. But Tarana Burke, the activist who gave the movement its name, says concrete change has been incremental at best – and especially for Black survivors.
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Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – Capitol Police knew armed extremists were primed for violence at the iconic building on Jan. 6 and even provided officers with assault rifles to protect lawmakers, the acting chief acknowledged Wednesday. But the wild invasion of the Capitol was far worse than police expected, leaving them unprepared to fight it off.
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Wildfire victims sue former PG&E executives alleging neglect

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric's rickety electrical grid is suing nearly two dozen of the utility's former executives and board members for alleged dereliction of their duty to ensure the equipment wouldn't kill people.
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FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.
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Republicans push back on Pelosi proposal for riot commission

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

WASHINGTON  — Republican leaders in the House and Senate say a proposed plan for an independent commission to study the Capitol insurrection is overly tilted toward Democrats, arguing that the panel should have an even party split like the one formed to study the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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2 hard-hit cities, 2 diverging fates in vaccine rollout

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. – Mario Valdez, his wife and their 18-year-old son were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 this month as part of a special effort to inoculate every resident of Central Falls, the Rhode Island community hit hardest by the pandemic.
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Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

NEW YORK – The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year, according to a financial snapshot shared exclusively with the Associated Press.
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Federal judge says California can enforce net neutrality law

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that California can for the first time enforce its tough net neutrality law, clearing the way for the state to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to websites and applications that don't pay for premium service.