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Panic buying of toilet paper hits US stores again

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK – Toilet paper aisles are emptying again as COVID-19 curfews and shutdowns in states from California to New York send pandemic-weary shoppers on a new scramble for essentials. Walmart…

Joe Biden turns 78, will be oldest U.S. president

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden turned 78 on Friday. In two months, he’ll take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment, and a reckoning…

Report: 12M Americans to lose jobless benefits day after Christmas

LOS ANGELES – Inaction by Congress could result in millions of Americans entering the New Year with little or no means of financial support, according to a report released Wednesday. According to…

New York City’s tourism-based economy will take years to recover

NEW YORK – New York City’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry took a major hit from the coronavirus pandemic. With full recovery at least four years away, the Convention and Visitors Bureau is outlining plans to…

New Jersey voters approve recreational marijuana use

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey says “Yes” to recreational marijuana. Voters in the Garden State approved a change to the state’s constitution that will allow adults to buy and use marijuana without needing a…

Ritchie Torres wins race becoming among first openly gay congressmen

NEW YORK – A young, Bronx Democrat will be among the first openly gay, Black members of Congress, voters in New York decided Tuesday as they cast their final votes in an…

Delaware elects country’s first transgender state senator

DELAWARE – Democrat Sarah McBride won a state Senate race on Tuesday in Delaware, and would become the first openly transgender state senator in the country when sworn in. McBride defeated Republican…

Bail set at $2M for Kyle Rittenhouse accused in Wisconsin shootings

KENOSHA, Wis. – A Wisconsin court commissioner on Monday set bail for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two people during a protest at $2 million, setting aside pleas from one victim’s…

Businesses board up, fearing election unrest

NEW YORK – Judging by the plywood, it’s shaping up to be an Election Day like no other. In downtown Washington, the sounds of hammers and power tools echoed through the streets…

Detroit Firefighter Dies a Hero, Gives Life To Help Save 3 Girls from Drowning

A Detroit fire sergeant is being hailed as a hero after losing his life while saving a group of girls from drowning in the Detroit River on the evening of…