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Facebook board upholds Trump ban, just not an indefinite one

Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — at least not yet. Four months after Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the company’s quasi-independent oversight board upheld the bans. But it told Facebook to specify how long they would last, saying that its “indefinite” ban on the former president was unreasonable. The ruling, which gives Facebook six months to comply, effectively postpones any possible Trump reinstatement and puts the onus for that decision squarely back on the company.

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is now formally underway, according to the White House and several US defense officials. "A drawdown is underway," White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday. "While these…

POLL: How would you rate President Biden's performance so far?

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POLL: Out of the U.S. coronavirus vaccines, which would you prefer?

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POLL: Should Washington D.C. become the nation's 51st state?

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Medical examiner: Capitol officer died of natural causes

The D.C. medical examiner’s office says Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and has ruled the officer died from natural causes. Sicknick was among five people who died after the riot. Two men have been charged with assaulting Sicknick during the riot, spraying him with bear spray. Investigators initially believed he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, based on statements collected early in the investigation, according to two people familiar with the case. 

House OKs bill making police intervene to stop undue force

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring police to intervene if they see a fellow officer using, or attempting to use, excessive force. The bill — prompted by the Minneapolis police killing of…

Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19

President Joe Biden has announced that he's bumping up his deadline by two weeks for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as seniors and essential, front-line workers, the president said Tuesday that every adult in the U.S. will now be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19. But even as he expressed optimism about the pace of vaccinations, he warned Americans that the nation is not yet out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic.