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US expels Russian diplomats, imposes new round of sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is announcing the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against dozens of people and companies. The moves are to hold the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking…

Toyota recalls Venza SUVs to fix air bag wiring problem

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 280,000 Venza SUVs in the U.S. because a wiring problem could stop the side air bags from inflating in a crash. The recall covers Venzas from the 2009 through 2015 model years. Documents…

Months after hack, US poised to announce sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is preparing to announce new sanctions in response to a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, as well as for election interference. That's according to a senior administration official who confirmed…

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, has died in prison. Madoff’s death at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, was confirmed by his lawyer and the Bureau…

12 missing from capsized ship after 6 rescued off Louisiana

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a dozen people in waters off the coast of Louisiana where one person died and six were pulled from rough seas when their commercial vessel capsized. Coast Guard…

Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

Coinbase has made a rousing debut on Wall Street. The digital currency exchange’s stock rose as high as $429, briefly giving it a market value over $100 billion. The company's listing on a public stock exchange is seen by some…

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Police stand guard after holding off Trump supporters who tried to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of…

WATCH LIVE: President Biden on Afghanistan

Watch live coverage as President Biden delivers remarks on the way forward in Afghanistan and is expected to announce plans for a withdrawal of American troops.

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison

FILE - In this March 10, 2009, file photo, former financier Bernie Madoff leaves federal court in Manhattan, in New York. Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, has…

Biden to address joint session of Congress on April 28

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on April 28. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended the invitation to Biden on Tuesday, asking him to share his "vision for…

US to leave troops in Afghanistan beyond May, 9/11 new goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say President Joe Biden has decided to leave American troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration. The officials say Biden has set the 20th anniversary of…

Gov. Noem asks President Biden to uphold Mount Rushmore fireworks agreement

PIERRE, S.D. –On the occasion of President Thomas Jefferson’s birthday Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem sent this letter to President Biden advocating for South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. “This year, as we mark our independence from [COVID-19], Mount Rushmore would be the…

US recommends 'pause' for Johnson & Johnson vaccine over clot reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and…

Mandatory 10-digit dialing to begin in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. — Beginning on April 24, South Dakotans are asked to start using 10-digit dialing, meaning (605) plus the phone number, to make all local phone calls. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission says this transition is a necessary…

Police report multiple victims in Tennessee school shooting

UPDATE (4/12/21 @ 3:43 p.m.): One person dead, officer wounded in shooting confrontation at the Knoxville, Tennessee high school. UPDATE (4/12/21 @ 2:40 p.m.): Official says scene has been secured at Tennessee high school where multiple people were shot. [caption…

COVID-19 funeral assistance now available through FEMA

WASHINGTON — Beginning Monday, April 12, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 using the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. To…

S.D. Missing Persons Monday - 04/12/21

PIERRE, S.D. — Every Monday, the Office of the Attorney General of South Dakota highlights missing persons cases still active throughout the state. Take a look at the cases below - your information could make the difference! SHEILA HACKETT (15)…

US budget deficit jumps to record $1.7 trillion this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government’s budget deficit surged to an all-time high of $1.7 trillion for the first six months of this budget year. That's nearly double the previous record, as another round of economic-support checks added billions of…

Some states target abortions done through medication

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — About 40% of all abortions in the U.S. are now done through medication — rather than surgery — and that option has become all the more pivotal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abortion rights advocates say the…

Trump: The key to Republican success is more Trumpism

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is staking his claim to the Republican Party in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, casting his populist policies and attack-dog politics as the key to future Republican success. That…

Dodgers receive World Series rings in pregame ceremony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have received their World Series rings in front of the loyal hometown fans who didn’t get to witness their 2020 championship run in person. Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts and the Dodgers collected…

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

Amazon workers voted against forming a union at a warehouse in Alabama, The win proved the might of the online shopping giant and cut off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company…

Lance Armstrong's son charged with sexual assault from 2018

This Tuesday, April 6, 2021 booking photo provided by the Austin, Texas, Police Department shows Luke Armstrong, son of cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has been charged with sexual assault stemming from a 2018 incident when he…

Police: Employee kills 1, wounds 5 at Texas cabinet business

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a man opened fire at a Texas cabinet-making company where he worked, killing one person and wounding five others before shooting and wounding a state trooper prior to his arrest. Bryan Police Chief Eric…

Anne Beatts, groundbreaking comedy writer, dead at 74

FILE - Anne Beatts arrives at the premiere of "Live from New York!" in Los Angeles on June 10, 2015. Beatts, a groundbreaking comedy writer who was on the original staff of “Saturday Night Live” and…

Ellsworth bombers conduct Aegean Sea mission

  ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — As part of U.S. European Command’s continuing efforts to demonstrate the far-reaching capabilities of America’s strategic bomber aircraft, two U.S. B-1 Lancer bombers stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota…

Virginia becomes first Southern state to legalize marijuana

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has become the first Southern state to legalize marijuana. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a bill to allow adults in Virginia to possess and cultivate small amounts starting in…

Biden to move COVID-19 vaccine eligibility date to April 19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to announce that he's shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups…