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House Speaker McCarthy is back to square one as Senate pushes ahead to avert federal shutdown

As the Senate marches ahead with a bipartisan approach to prevent a government shutdown, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is back to square one — asking his hard-right Republicans to do what they have said they would never do: Approve their own temporary House measure to keep the government open.

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Quincy Jones receives State Department’s first Peace Through Music Award

Quincy Jones, who once embarked on an international diplomatic tour with jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, will receive the U.S. Department of State’s inaugural Peace Through Music Award. A ceremony honoring the 28-time Grammy winning producer, musician and arranger will be held Wednesday night and as part of the launch of the State Department’s new Global Music

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Family of Irvo Otieno agrees to $8.5M settlement

The family of a man who died while handcuffed and pinned to the floor for about 11 minutes as he was being admitted to a Virginia psychiatric hospital has reached an $8.5 million settlement with the state and the county and sheriff whose deputies were involved in restraining him. A judge approved the out-of-court wrongful death settlement Tuesday, according to an agreement filed in Henrico County Circuit Court.

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5 former officers charged with federal civil rights violations in Tyre Nichols beating death

Five former Memphis Police officers were charged Tuesday with federal civil rights violations in the beating death of Tyre Nichols as they continue to fight second degree murder charges in state courts arising from the killing.

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McConnell tries to reassure colleagues about his health, vows to serve out term as Senate GOP leader

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared again Wednesday that he plans to finish his term as leader despite freezing up at two news conferences over the summer, brushing off questions about his health as he sought to reassure colleagues he’s still up to the job.

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Here’s how Tim Scott, the top Black Republican in the GOP presidential primary, discusses race

Tim Scott seldom specifically brings up race in Iowa. Nor does the Republican presidential candidate have to.

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Noah Lyles, Sha’Carri Richardson and lots of unknowns as track gets ready for Paris Olympics

In some ways, track and field served up a tantalizing preview of what’s to come next year at the Paris Olympics. In others, the sport left the nine-day world championships with as many questions as answers.

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10 drugs targeted for Medicare price negotiations as Biden pitches cost reductions

President Biden touted the potential cost savings of Medicare’s first-ever price negotiations for widely used prescription drugs on Tuesday as he struggles to convince Americans that he’s improved their lives as he runs for reelection.

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University of North Carolina graduate student left building right after killing adviser, police say

A University of North Carolina graduate student walked into a classroom building, shot his faculty adviser and quickly left, authorities said a day after the attack paralyzed the campus as police searched for the gunman.

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Judge holds Giuliani liable in Georgia election workers’ defamation case and orders him to pay fees

A federal judge on Wednesday held Rudy Giuliani liable in a defamation lawsuit brought by two Georgia election workers who say they were falsely accused of fraud, entering a default judgment against the former New York mayor and ordering him to pay tens of thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees.

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