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Motivated by his son Beau, Joe Biden pledges help for veterans with burn pit health issues

Motivated by his son Beau, Joe Biden pledges help for veterans with burn pit health issues

Throughout his presidential campaign, one of the most striking elements of 's appeal has been his empathy. The personal tragedies he has suffered inform his interactions with voters who are also experiencing loss. And his sorrow could also guide policy decisions as commander-in-chief, offering assistance to veterans who may be suffering from service-related medical conditions — as he believes his son did. With a familiar quiver in his voice, Biden regularly on the campaign trail shares memories of his son from brain cancer. A handful of times Biden detailed how he thinks his son's cancer...

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William Small, legendary Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News, has died at 93

William Small, legendary Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News, has died at 93

CBS News is mourning the loss of William Small after his death Sunday following a brief illness unrelated to . He was 93.Small served as the network's Washington Bureau Chief from 1962 to 1974 and brought together a team of journalists that would go on to dominate political coverage throughout the turbulent time of the Vietnam War and Watergate. The roster included veteran reporters recruited from within CBS: Marvin Kalb, Dan Rather, Harry Reasoner, Dan Schorr and Eric Sevareid. He made new hires: Bob Schieffer, Ed Bradley, Bernard Shaw, Bernard Kalb and Bill Moyers. And he championed the...

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Republicans sue California Governor Gavin Newsom, claim his vote-by-mail order is "illegal power grab"

Republicans sue California Governor Gavin Newsom, claim his vote-by-mail order is "illegal power grab"

Republican groups are suing California Governor Gavin Newsom, claiming his  order to mail every registered voter in the state a ballot ahead of the November election is an "illegal power grab" that redesigns the election system.The lawsuit alleges Newsom's order is "less about protecting the health of Californians and more about protecting the electoral prospects of the Governor's political party." The Republican National Party, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed Sunday in the U.S....

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How to participate in Steve Hartman's "Taps Across America"

How to participate in Steve Hartman's "Taps Across America"

Memorial Day celebrations across the U.S. will look a bit different this year, with most picnics, parades, and services canceled due to the . That's why CBS News "On the Road" correspondent  is teaming up with retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva to keep the spirit of the holiday alive.Hartman and Villanueva are asking veterans, musicians, teachers, and students of all abilities and ages to sound Taps on their front lawns, porches, and driveways at 3 p.m. local time this Monday, May 25th.Taps is instantly recognizable as the somber 24-note bugle call played at American military funerals...

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Air Force removes height restrictions for pilots

Air Force removes height restrictions for pilots

The U.S. Air Force announced this week that it is changing its height restrictions for pilots. Applicants below 64 inches (5'4") or above 77 inches (6'5") can now enter a cockpit without a waiver. Under the Air Force's previous requirements, an Air Force pilot applicant — barring waivers — needed to have a standing height between 5'4" to 6'5" and a sitting height of 34-40 inches. That requirement eliminated about 44% of the U.S. female population between the ages of 20 and 29, according to the Air Force."Studies have shown that women's perceptions about being fully qualified for a job makes...

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Woman, 58, recovers from coronavirus after being intubated for seven days

Woman, 58, recovers from coronavirus after being intubated for seven days

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Trump campaign flying "Keep America Great" aerial banners Memorial Day weekend

Trump campaign flying "Keep America Great" aerial banners Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day, Americans strolling along shores from Galveston, Texas, to New Jersey will glance up to see the latest brainchild of : Aerial banners touting "Keep America Great!" With campaign aerials taking to the skies beginning Saturday, beach-goers in eight U.S. regions will be able to spot the airborne advertising this holiday: Pensacola, Florida; Daytona Beach, Florida; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Virginia Beach, Virginia; southern New Jersey; northern New Jersey and Galveston, Texas."President Trump is boldly leading our country to a better and...

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Wuhan bans eating wild animals as coronavirus drives a crackdown in China

Wuhan bans eating wild animals as coronavirus drives a crackdown in China

Beijing — The city at the center of the crisis has banned the eating of wild animals and Chinese farmers are being offered cash to quit breeding exotic animals. Both moves come amid mounting pressure for China to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade that has killed more than 320,000 people.The local administration in Wuhan, the city of about 11 million people in China's central Hubei province where cases of the new coronavirus were first recorded late last year, announced Wednesday that the eating of all wild animals was officially banned. The city also banned virtually all hunting of...

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Scores feared dead as passenger jet crashes in Pakistan

Scores feared dead as passenger jet crashes in Pakistan

A passenger jet carrying 98 people crashed Friday into a residential neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Karachi. Pakistan International Airlines said flight PK 8303 went down with 91 passengers and 7 crew on board.There was no official word on the number of casualties, but Pakistan's leader tweeted condolences "to the families of the deceased." Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar was quoted by The Associated Press as telling reporters at the scene that all those who had been on board the jetliner died in the crash, but officials with the national government said at least two people from the plane...

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China plans a clampdown that could end Hong Kong's dreams of democracy

China plans a clampdown that could end Hong Kong's dreams of democracy

At the opening of China's once-a-year National People's Congress on Friday, the country's leaders revealed the Communist Party's top two concerns for 2020 and beyond: national security headaches from , and economic growth in the wake of the .Beijing's 3,000-member rubber-stamp legislature is poised to usher in controversial "national security" legislation that would ban treason, secession, sedition and subversion in the former British colony. There's mounting fear that Beijing would use the new laws to subvert semi-autonomous Hong Kong's remaining rights, which include freedom of speech and...

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Teen raises over $30,000 for frontline workers through his radio station

Teen raises over $30,000 for frontline workers through his radio station

High school junior Dylan Carollo started his radio station when he was 11 years old and has been managing it ever since. The 17-year-old wanted to use his platform to help workers on the front line of the  so he came up with an ingenious fundraising idea and raised more than $30,000.Carollo operates  with his cousin and a friend. The station's headquarters is located in One World Trade Center in New York City, with Carollo broadcasting from his hometown of Orlando, Florida. Carollo noticed an uptick in listeners as the coronavirus spread across the U.S. in March and wanted to come up with a...

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In contentious interview, Biden says black voters considering Trump over him "ain't black"

In contentious interview, Biden says black voters considering Trump over him "ain't black"

Joe Biden defended his legislative record in an often contentious Friday morning interview with Charlamagne The God, the host of the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club," and argued that his presidential campaign was doing enough to reach out to black voters. At one point, Biden argued that black voters undecided on whether to vote for him or for President Trump "ain't black."When Charlamagne asked him about comments from the rapper Sean Combs, who performs as Diddy, that Democrats take black voters for granted, Biden noted that he had won overwhelmingly in the South Carolina primary."I...

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Michigan dam failures force 10,000 to evacuate and could leave one city under 9 feet of water

Michigan dam failures force 10,000 to evacuate and could leave one city under 9 feet of water

Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be "under approximately 9 feet of water" by Wednesday. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home. After completing an aerial tour of the impacted areas, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said at a press conference Wednesday: "What I can tell you is what you already know, you've seen from the pictures: It's devastating.""Experts are describing...

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Michigan court upholds Whitmer's power to extend stay-at-home order

Michigan court upholds Whitmer's power to extend stay-at-home order

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had the right to extend the state's stay-at-home order and extend the state of emergency, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled Thursday, rejecting a lawsuit filed by Republicans in the state legislature who challenged her emergency powers in response to the ongoing pandemic. The court ruled that the Democratic governor had operated under the "broad" powers within her executive authority to extend the state of emergency under the Emergency Powers of Governors Act (EPGA) from 1945. It also said that she had exceeded her power under the Emergency Management Act...

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Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli agree to plead guilty in college admissions scam

Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli agree to plead guilty in college admissions scam

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have to conspiracy charges in connection with the college admissions scandal, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Loughlin and Giannulli are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case., 55, has agreed to two months in prison, a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service.Giannulli, 56, has agreed to five months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service. Both punishments are subject to the court's approval.They are...

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Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting as possible running mate

Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting as possible running mate

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, has been asked by Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting to be considered as his vice presidential running mate, one of several potential contenders now being scrutinized by his aides ahead of a final decision, according to people familiar with the moves.In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, Biden said "no one's been vetted yet by the team" but confirmed the initial preliminary outreach to gauge interest is "coming to an end now."Biden said the "invasive" vetting process will soon begin. When pressed on Klobuchar's chances of...

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Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as next intelligence chief in divided vote

Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as next intelligence chief in divided vote

Washington — The Senate confirmed Texas Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on Thursday, marking a significant turnaround for his once-troubled nomination to oversee the nation's intelligence agencies.The final vote of 49 to 44 fell along party lines, a decidedly more divided outcome than the last vote to confirm a permanent director of national intelligence. In 2017, former Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats was approved as DNI in a bipartisan vote of 85 to 12.Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the acting chairman of the...

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U.S. plans to sell $180 million in torpedoes to Taiwan, riling China

U.S. plans to sell $180 million in torpedoes to Taiwan, riling China

The Trump administration told Congress on Wednesday that it is planning to sell an estimated $180 million worth of torpedoes to Taiwan. It's a move likely to further escalate tensions between the U.S. and China, which considers Taiwan to be part of its territory.The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency that the State Department had approved a possible sale of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes to Taiwan. The sale will also include equipment, training, logistics support and U.S. government and contractor engineering.The agency said the proposed sale "is consistent...

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Louisville police to change policies after Breonna Taylor killed by a cop in her home

Louisville police to change policies after Breonna Taylor killed by a cop in her home

The Louisville Metro Police Department will change its search warrant policy and officers will be required to wear body cameras in more situations after a black emergency medical worker was shot and killed by an officer in her home, city mayor Greg Fischer said Monday. Breonna Taylor, 26, when police entered her home searching for illegal drugs. Taylor's family accusing the officers of wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence. Her death sparked public outcry and calls for federal intervention, according to The Associated Press. LMPD officials said officers started shooting after...

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New York City will test ultraviolet light to kill coronavirus on subways and buses

New York City will test ultraviolet light to kill coronavirus on subways and buses

New York City will be testing out ultraviolet lamps that can kill the on subways and buses. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced that the will begin its first phase on some subways, buses and other facilities early next week.About 150 dual-headed mobile devices from Denver-based startup Puro Lighting will be deployed at stations and rail yards to see how effective the UVC technology is in those settings, the MTA said. After evaluation, a second phase will expand to the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter lines."As we've been saying, we're leaving no stone unturned...

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Trump says he'll stop taking hydroxychloroquine in "a day or two"

Trump says he'll stop taking hydroxychloroquine in "a day or two"

President Trump will soon be ending his course of , he told reporters Wednesday. "I think the regimen finishes in a day or two — yeah, I think it's two days, two days," he said during a meeting with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Mr. Trump revealed on Monday that he's been taking the antimalaria drug, along with zinc, to try to prevent a COVID-19 infection. The Food and Drug Administration has , but the White House physician said he felt that the drug's possible benefits outweighed its risks."I get a lot of tremendously positive news on the hydroxy," the...

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Michael Flynn asks D.C. Circuit to force judge to drop case against him

Michael Flynn asks D.C. Circuit to force judge to drop case against him

Washington — Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, is asking the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia to order a federal district court judge to grant a  from the Justice Department to dismiss its case against him and reassign the case to another judge for any future proceedings.Flynn's attorneys filed a petition for a writ of mandamus with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday that would force U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to approve the Justice Department's motion, which was filed May 7. Sidney Powell,...

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Wuhan bans eating wild animals as coronavirus drives a crackdown in China

Wuhan bans eating wild animals as coronavirus drives a crackdown in China

Beijing — The city at the center of the crisis has banned the eating of wild animals and Chinese farmers are being offered cash to quit breeding exotic animals. Both moves come amid mounting pressure for China to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade that has killed more than 320,000 people.The local administration in Wuhan, the city of about 11 million people in China's central Hubei province where cases of the new coronavirus were first recorded late last year, announced Wednesday that the eating of all wild animals was officially banned. The city also banned virtually all hunting of...

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Michigan dam failures force 10,000 to evacuate and could leave one city under 9 feet of water

Michigan dam failures force 10,000 to evacuate and could leave one city under 9 feet of water

Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be "under approximately 9 feet of water" by Wednesday. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home.The National Weather Service on Tuesday evening urged anyone near the river to seek higher ground following "castastrophic dam failures" at the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles north of Detroit and the Sanford Dam, about seven miles...

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Michigan dam failures force 10,000 to evacuate and could leave one city under 9 feet of water

Michigan dam failures force 10,000 to evacuate and could leave one city under 9 feet of water

Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be "under approximately 9 feet of water" by Wednesday. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home.The National Weather Service on Tuesday evening urged anyone near the river to seek higher ground following "castastrophic dam failures" at the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles north of Detroit and the Sanford Dam, about seven miles...

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