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Texas top utility regulator quits in fallout over blackouts

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas' top utilities regulator resigned Monday in the widening fallout from blackouts triggered by an unusually heavy and widespread winter storm that left millions in the state without power and water for days.
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.
Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s public schools could tap into $2 billion from the Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday between Gov.
Milan designers hit reset button during digital fashion week

Milan designers hit reset button during digital fashion week

MILAN — Fashion is off the hamster wheel, taking a deep breath that is allowing some freshness to seep into the once relentless cycle.
Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues

Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and co-operating on economic and national secur
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.
Locks down: German hairdressers reopen despite virus fears

Locks down: German hairdressers reopen despite virus fears

BERLIN — Germans flocked to the salons Monday as hairdressers across the country reopened after a 2 1/2 -month closure, another cautious step toward normality as Germany balances a desire to loosen restrictions with concerns about more contagious vir
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project

George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project

NEW YORK — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform.

With pride and respect, Cynthia Erivo takes on Queen of Soul

NEW YORK — The Tony Awards could bring Cynthia Erivo another Emmy.
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.