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Sarah Palin says she’s serious about her campaign for the U.S. House, saying that her unique place in American politics would put her in a stronger position representing Alaska in Washington. Still, she says that if Donald Trump runs for president in 2024 and asks her to be his running mate, she’ll consider it.

Some of the elderly in Ukraine have been left behind or chose to stay as millions of Ukrainians fled across borders to avoid the war. And some survived the first weeks of the war only to find it had taken their children.

WASHINGTON — Western weaponry pouring into Ukraine helped blunt Russia's initial offensive and seems certain to play a central role in the approaching, potentially decisive, battle for Ukraine's contested Donbas region. Yet the Russian military is making little headway halting what has become a historic arms express.

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PHOENIX — Jennifer Chau was astonished last month when the U.S. Census Bureau's report card on how accurately it counted the U.S. population in 2020 showed that Asian people were overcounted by the highest rate of any race or ethnic group.

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WASHINGTON — Shirley Troutman, a judge on New York's highest court, was working last week when her daughter texted messages that included a clapping hands emoji. Soon, her phone was buzzing with other celebratory messages. The applause and the excitement was for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court and will become its first Black female justice.

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Bucha, Ukraine, witnessed some of the ghastliest scenes of Russia's invasion, and almost no children have been seen in its silent streets. But beside an apartment building spray-painted "CHILDREN," Bucha's fragile renewal can be seen.

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Basheer was a young Taliban fighter barely out of his teens when the Islamic State group took over his village in eastern Afghanistan, nearly eight years ago. The militants rounded up villagers identified as Taliban and killed them, often beheading them, forcing their families to watch.

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DALLAS — The federal requirement to wear face masks on airplanes and public transportation is scheduled to expire next week, and airline executives and Republican lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to let the mandate die.

ATLANTA — The National Urban League released its annual report on the State of Black America on Tuesday, and its findings are grim. This year's Equality Index shows Black people still get only 73.9 percent of the American pie white people enjoy.

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the U.S., sales of window coverings at Halcyon Shades quickly went dark. So the suburban St. Louis business did what hundreds of other small manufacturers did: It pivoted to make protective supplies, with help from an $870,000 government grant.

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The familiar sights and sounds are still there: the scuffed and faded floor tiles, the relentless beige-on-beige color scheme, the toddlers' clothes and refrigerators and pretty much everything in between. Many of the shelves are bare, though, at the Kmart in Avenel, New Jersey, picked over by bargain hunters as the store prepares to close its doors for good. Once it shutters, the number of Kmarts in the U.S. — once well over 2,000 — will be down to three in the continental U.S.

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LOS ANGELES — Even as the highly contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 is increasingly dominating the U.S., an even more potentially contagious subvariant, XE, has attracted the attention of global scientists.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Stung by a deadly mass shooting April 3 mere blocks from the state Capitol, California lawmakers have advanced an innovative new approach to gun control that would empower private citizens to sue those who traffic in illegal weapons.

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