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Texas Democrats’ effort to freeze voting bill ends

(CNN) -- Texas House Democrats' historic quorum break unexpectedly ended Thursday evening when at least three new Democrats returned to the floor, paving the way for state Republicans to pass restrictive voting legislation. The surprise turn of events quickly led…

FDA approves diabetes drug to help people keep the pounds off

(CNN) -- The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an injectable diabetes drug for long-term weight control. "This under-the-skin injection is the first approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with general obesity or overweight since 2014," the…

House votes to create panel to probe Jan. 6 insurrection

The House has passed a bill to create an independent commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, sending the legislation to the Senate as Republicans have increasingly lined up against the bipartisan investigation and aligned themselves with former President Donald Trump.

New York governor’s top aide admits administration delayed the release of Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities over federal investigation concerns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aide says the administration delayed the release of data on Covid-19 deaths of long-term care facility residents because of concerns about a potential federal investigation, a transcript of a call between the aide and state lawmakers shows. The now public data revealed thousands more confirmed and presumed Covid-19 deaths of long-term care facility residents than previously disclosed.

Virginia set to become 23rd state to abolish death penalty after state House passes bill

Virginia is set to become the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty, after the state House of Delegates passed legislation Friday that would end capital punishment in the Commonwealth a day after the state Senate passed a similar bill and the governor said he plans to sign it. Friday's vote on the bill in the House of Delegates was 57-41. Virginia's Senate passed their version of the bill on Wednesday on a party-line vote, and it was referred to a House committee Friday. The two bills will need to be approved by the other chamber, and Virginia House Democrats are "confident that both bills will be passed by both chambers, as they are identical," the majority's press secretary Kate Sarna told CNN. But Friday's passage in the House effectively guarantees the legislation will reach the governor's desk. Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam supports abolishing the death penalty, and after the Senate's vote on Wednesday, said he looks forward to signing the bill. Virginia has executed more than 1,300 people -- more than any other state since the Jamestown colony's first recorded execution in 1608 for espionage, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. If the bill is signed into law, Virginia would be the first southern state to repeal the death penalty since the US Supreme Court reinstated the punishment in 1976.

AT&T working to restore outages after Nashville explosion

AT&T on Saturday continued working to restore outages caused by the Christmas Day explosion of an RV parked near a transmission building in Nashville that disrupted service in the region, officials said. A statement posted on the company's website said…

Biden introduces key members of climate team

President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday introduced key Cabinet nominees and members of his climate team, including New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland for interior secretary and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm for energy secretary. "Today I'm pleased to announce a team…

Man charged with assaulting actor Rick Moranis

A man suspected of assaulting actor Rick Moranis has been arrested and charged, according to police. The 38-year-old was arrested and charged after he was identified as a suspect in the October 1 attack on the "Honey, I Shrunk the…

Mitch McConnell wins reelection in Kentucky, defeating Democrat Amy McGrath

McGrath, a former fighter pilot who flew in combat for the Marines Corps, had the backing of powerful Democrats and became a high-profile challenger as a result of her prodigious fundraising ability, but nevertheless remained a long-shot in the red state fight against one of the most powerful Republicans in Washington.