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Minimum wage hike all but dead in big COVID relief bill

Minimum wage hike all but dead in big COVID relief bill

WASHINGTON — Democrats' hopes of including a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead Monday as the Senate prepared to debate its own version of the House-passed aid package.
Cambodian court sentences opposition leaders in absentia

Cambodian court sentences opposition leaders in absentia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Cambodian court has convicted and sentenced the exiled leader and eight senior members of the country's banned opposition party to more than 20 years in prison, effectively barring them from ever returning home.
UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises 'disappointing' $1.7B

UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises 'disappointing' $1.7B

CAIRO — A United Nations appeal for aid to Yemen to alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian disaster raised some $1.7 billion Monday— a result the U.N. chief called “disappointing.
Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

ELK GROVE, Calif. — The majority of California's 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new legislation announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Critics panned the plan as inadequate.
Defying deadly crackdown, crowds again protest Myanmar coup

Defying deadly crackdown, crowds again protest Myanmar coup

YANGON, Myanmar — Police in Myanmar’s biggest city fired tear gas Monday at defiant crowds who returned to the streets to protest last month's coup, despite reports that security forces had killed at least 18 people a day earlier.
Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades

Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades

WASHINGTON — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at least a generation.
Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president

Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president

WASHINGTON — As President Joe Biden looks to dismantle the last administration’s hardline immigration agenda, he worked Monday to build a partnership with someone who found an unexpected understanding with Donald Trump: Mexican President Andrés Manue

Boy, 15, injured in Arkansas school shooting; classmate held

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — A 15-year-old boy shot and seriously injured a fellow student Monday morning at an Arkansas junior high school, and the suspect was detained in a juvenile detention facility, authorities said.
Senate confirms Cardona as Biden's education secretary

Senate confirms Cardona as Biden's education secretary

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.
US probing engine fires in nearly 1.9M Toyota RAV4 SUVs

US probing engine fires in nearly 1.9M Toyota RAV4 SUVs

DETROIT — The U.S. government is investigating complaints of engine compartment fires in nearly 1.9 million Toyota RAV4 small SUVs.