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Interview flap shows challenges as Harris settles in as VP

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris has spent her first two weeks in office working with the president on coronavirus relief, consulting with the head of the World Health Organization and talking with the prime minister of Canada.

Washington state eyes ‘billionaire tax’ on the ultra rich

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s richest residents — including Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates — would pay a wealth tax on some financial assets under a bill proposed by a lawmaker who says she is seeking a fair tax code at a time when so many people are struggling due to the pandemic.

Biden boosting vaccine allotments, financing for virus costs

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday that it is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes amid new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans.

Senate confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as Biden’s homeland security chief

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday as President Joe Biden's homeland security secretary, the first Latino to fill a post that will have a central role in the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, a sweeping Russia-linked cyber hack and domestic extremism.

Idaho moves into Stage 3 of virus plan as case rate drops

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad little is moving the state into Stage 3 of his coronavirus reopening plan, lessening restrictions on the size of group gatherings as the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop statewide.

Dolly Parton on Super Bowl commercial and COVID-19 vaccine

Grammy-winning legend Dolly Parton has been singing about everyday office employees working “9 to 5” for more than 40 years, but now the country icon is singing about entrepreneurs working “5 to 9” to pursue their dreams after hours.

Biden, Yellen to talk with Senate Democrats on virus aid

President Joe Biden will join Senate Democrats for a virtual lunch Tuesday to discuss his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan as Congress sets up votes to fast-track the sweeping aid package toward eventual approval with or without Republican support.

Capt. Tom Moore, WWII vet whose walk cheered UK, dies at 100

Capt. Tom Moore, the World War II veteran who walked into the hearts of a nation in lockdown as he shuffled up and down his garden to raise money for health care workers, has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 100.

‘A long two days’: Major storm pummels Northeast with snow

NEW YORK – A sprawling, lumbering winter storm walloped the Eastern U.S. on Monday, shutting down coronavirus vaccination sites, closing schools and halting transit as snow piled up from the Appalachians to New England, with the heaviest accumulations yet to come in some places.

Idaho lawmakers have not yet approved spending $900M in aid

BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers in a power struggle with Republican Gov. Brad Little say they should have been called back into session last year to distribute the $1.25 billion in coronavirus rescue money that Little doled out.

California governor and unions clash over school openings

SAN FRANCISCO – An effort to reopen California schools is foundering, stoking frustrations across America’s most populous state from parents eager to get their children back in classrooms and a governor who wants them there.