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‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Grease’ added to National Film Registry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This year's inductees into the National Film Registry include a record number of female directors and filmmakers of color as well as a new crop of movies ranging from a silent short film thriller, classic musicals and an acclaimed Batman film. The Library of Congress ...

Census numbers-crunching documents at center of latest fight

A federal judge has rejected an emergency request from the Trump administration that would stop it from being immediately forced to release documents showing how the 2020 census numbers have been crunched in the weeks since the U.S. head count ended in October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ...

Virus causes session housing headaches for Alaska lawmakers

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers who each year relocate to a capital city accessible only by plane or boat are facing challenges in getting settled ahead of what is expected to be a difficult legislative session overshadowed by COVID-19. The Baranof Hotel, a 1939 art deco showpiece in ...

Company targeted by vote fraud claims strikes back at Trump

MIAMI (AP) — The head of an electronic voting company being targeted by allies of President Donald Trump said baseless claims that it helped flip the 2020 election for Joe Biden threatens to undermine Americans' faith in democracy. Antonio Mugica, CEO of Florida-based Smartmatic, said for ...

EXPLAINER: What to know about COVID-19 vaccination in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — The first shots of COVID-19 vaccine are being delivered, but it will likely be months before doses are widely available for everyone at U.S. drugstores and doctor's office. Details are still being worked out, but officials expect widespread availability by the middle of next ...

It’s close but 2020 likely to end up hottest year on record

Just how warm Earth stays this December will determine if 2020 goes down as the hottest year on record. And it's looking a lot like it will. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated Monday that last month globally was the second hottest November on record, behind only ...

Momentum builds for letting people vote while on parole

SEATTLE (AP) — As a young man Victor Sauceda didn't care about who was president, about who was governor, about voting at all. He wasn't living by the law anyway. But after serving eight years in prison for burglary and fencing stolen property, during which he learned computer coding and had ...

EXPLAINER: The real math behind “net zero” carbon emissions

More than 100 countries — responsible for about two-thirds of the world's heat-trapping gases — have announced plans to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" in coming decades to help curb man-made climate change. The target has also been embraced by companies, states and cities ...

Cuomo reinstates NYC indoor dining ban to limit virus spread

NEW YORK (AP) — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be banned again in an effort to halt the coronavirus resurgence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday in an announcement that could foretell a grim winter for one of the city's most important industries. As of Monday, only takeout ...

Second young elephant dies from virus at New York zoo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A second young elephant has died at a central New York zoo despite frantic efforts by staff to combat a lethal virus, zoo officials said Friday. "This is obviously the worst possible outcome, and it occurred after more than a week of intensive care by our team in hopes ...