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Mint Images/Getty Images (MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md.) — One of the largest school districts in Maryland is asking for help at the highest level to address its bus driver shortage brought on by the omicron surge. Montgomery County Public Schools asked county officials to urge the state to deploy the National Guard and have them drive […]

Scott Halleran/Getty Images (CHARLESTON, W.V.) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican who’s strongly advocated for vaccines, has tested positive for COVID-19, enduring a high fever and extremely elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Justice, who is vaccinated and boosted, said he sought out tests Tuesday following a “sudden onset of symptoms.” The governor’s […]

ABC News (NEW YORK) — A winter storm is expected to bring up to 8 inches of snow across the Midwest beginning Thursday evening. Winter storm watches are in effect for parts of South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa into Friday. The system is expected to move southeast this weekend. Some southern states, including Tennessee, Mississippi, […]

Virginia State Police (SMITHFIELD, Va.) — A Navy Seahawk helicopter was forced to make a hard landing near Smithfield, Virginia, on Wednesday, and one of the three crew members aboard sustained minor injuries, according to the Navy. The Navy had previously said all three personnel suffered non-life-threatening injuries. “We can confirm that a Navy MH-60S […]

SCOTT SERIO/AFP via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — A record number of law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021, according to a report from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Wednesday, with most losing their lives to COVID-19. In 2021, 458 law enforcement officers died — up 55% from 2020, according […]

Abstract Aerial Art/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The Biden administration continues to make progress on its climate agenda with several federal agencies announcing new clean energy projects that aim to provide union jobs and move America toward a greener economy. The largest project includes a record-breaking wind lease sale off the coast of New York and […]

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Congressional lawmakers on Wednesday paid tribute to former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as he was given the rare honor of lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Reid died at age 82 on Dec. 28 following complications from pancreatic cancer. As a military color guard carried Reid’s […]

Stephen Maturen/Getty Images (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — No last-minute plea deals are in the works for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with civil rights violations in the death of George Floyd, a federal prosecutor announced as the defendants’ joint trial in U.S. district court is set to begin next week. During a hearing on Tuesday, […]

Eric Yang/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Marginalized communities, especially those with higher-than-average minority populations, are more likely to be exposed to air pollution in the U.S., according to new research. Communities with large populations of Black, Asian and Hispanic or Latino residents have been found to experience more exposure to fine particulate pollutants than other […]

Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — In a major development, the House Jan. 6 select committee on Wednesday asked GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to voluntarily cooperate with its probe. In a letter, the committee asked him to voluntarily provide information. It is not compelling him to provide information or sit before the […]

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