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Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

WASHINGTON — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

WASHINGTON — Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility cr
March US home construction jumps to fastest pace since 2006

March US home construction jumps to fastest pace since 2006

WASHINGTON — U.S. housing construction rebounded strongly in March to the fastest pace since 2006 as home builders recovered from an unusually frigid February that shut down projects.
Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees

Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday rescinded a Trump-era memo that curtailed the use of consent decrees that federal prosecutors have used in sweeping investigations of police departments.

Post Hill Press goes on with book by officer in Taylor raid

NEW YORK — The publisher of memoir by a Louisville police officer who fired at Breonna Taylor after being shot during the deadly raid on Taylor’s apartment says it will release the book even though its distributor, Simon & Schuster, announced it
2 documentaries up for Oscars tell stories of nonagenarians

2 documentaries up for Oscars tell stories of nonagenarians

The Oscar isn’t the only one celebrating its 93rd trip around the sun at the Academy Awards ceremony this year.
'Peaky Blinders' actress Helen McCrory dies of cancer at 52

'Peaky Blinders' actress Helen McCrory dies of cancer at 52

British actress Helen McCrory, who starred in the television show “Peaky Blinders” and the “Harry Potter” movies, has died, her husband said Friday. She was 52 and had been suffering from cancer.
US lifts Vietnam, Switzerland from currency manipulator list

US lifts Vietnam, Switzerland from currency manipulator list

WASHINGTON — Vietnam and Switzerland have been removed from the list of nations labeled by the U.S. as currency manipulators, reversing a decision made by the Trump administration in December.
'In the Heights' to open Tribeca Film Festival in June

'In the Heights' to open Tribeca Film Festival in June

NEW YORK — The big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's “In the Heights” will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9, two days before the film opens in theatres and begins streaming. Set in New York's Washington Heights, Jon M.

German-Australian author Walter Kaufmann dies at 97

BERLIN — German-Australian author Walter Kaufmann, who survived the Nazi persecution of Jews and later played a prominent role in the literary scene of Communist East Germany, has died at the age of 97.