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McCarthy meets with Rep. Greene; GOP faces Cheney decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met late Tuesday with hard-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as Republicans wrestled over how to handle a bipartisan outcry over her endorsement of outlandish conspiracy theories and of violent, racist views.

Wu-Tang Clan or Wuhan? T-shirt ignites new China-Canada tiff

BEIJING — China has made a formal complaint to Canada over T-shirts ordered by a Canadian Embassy staffer in Beijing that allegedly mocked China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, in an apparent mix-up between the city of Wuhan and the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

Idaho lawmakers seek to alter emergency price-gouging law

BOISE — Legislation to alter state law to allow what the Idaho attorney general’s office considers a form of price gouging during a declared emergency such as the pandemic headed to the full Senate on Tuesday.

Pressure builds on schools to reopen during pandemic

CONCORD, N.H. — Pressure is building on school systems around the U.S. to reopen classrooms to students who have been learning online for nearly a year, pitting politicians against teachers who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

France says no AstraZeneca virus vaccine for people over 65

PARIS — France will only administer the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to people under age 65, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday after the government's health advisory body cited a lack of sufficient data about its effectiveness in older people.

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.