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Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen, delivers a brief speech at a Democratic presidential primary election watch party at McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in St. Louis. Reed is one of four candidates seeking to replace retiring St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. (Lexi Browning/St.

Mayoral candidates agree: St. Louis must tame the violence

Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen, delivers a brief speech at a Democratic presidential primary election watch party at McGurk's Irish Pub and Garden, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in St. Louis. Reed is one of four candidates seeking to replace retiring St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. (Lexi Browning/St.

March 1, 2021, 10:16am Nation & World

ST. LOUIS — The next mayor of St. Louis will face the same overwhelming challenge that has haunted the current mayor and many of her predecessors: Violent crime is rampant and efforts to address it have failed. Read story

A National Guard soldier directing drivers is reflected in the mirror of a car waiting in a COVID-19 vaccination line Feb. 26, 2021, in Shelbyville, Tenn. Tennessee has continued to divvy up vaccine doses based primarily on how many people live in each county, and not on how many residents belong to eligible groups within those counties.

Tensions over vaccine equity pit rural against urban America

A National Guard soldier directing drivers is reflected in the mirror of a car waiting in a COVID-19 vaccination line Feb. 26, 2021, in Shelbyville, Tenn. Tennessee has continued to divvy up vaccine doses based primarily on how many people live in each county, and not on how many residents belong to eligible groups within those counties.

March 1, 2021, 10:15am Latest News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rita Fentress was worried she might get lost as she traveled down the unfamiliar forested, one-lane road in rural Tennessee in search of a coronavirus vaccine. Then the trees cleared and the Hickman County Agricultural Pavilion appeared. Read story

Nonprofit leader takes over as National Spelling Bee chief

March 1, 2021, 9:51am Nation & World

Breaking from a tradition of being led by former contestants, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has hired a nonprofit leader with no history in the competition as its executive director, signaling a new era for the nearly century-old showcase for the top spellers in the English language. Read story

David Meehan, center, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit accusing the State of New Hampshire of covering up decades of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at its youth detention center, poses with two other victims who did not want to be identified, at his lawyer's office, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Portsmouth, N.H. Meehan accuses three staffers, one who later worked for the Boston Red Sox, of sexually assaulting him, and others of witnessing and enabling the abuse. The lawsuit against the state now spans six decades, with 150 staffers accused of physically or sexually abusing 230 children.

Hundreds claim decades of abuse by 150 youth center staffers

David Meehan, center, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit accusing the State of New Hampshire of covering up decades of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at its youth detention center, poses with two other victims who did not want to be identified, at his lawyer's office, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Portsmouth, N.H. Meehan accuses three staffers, one who later worked for the Boston Red Sox, of sexually assaulting him, and others of witnessing and enabling the abuse. The lawsuit against the state now spans six decades, with 150 staffers accused of physically or sexually abusing 230 children.

March 1, 2021, 9:50am Nation & World

CONCORD, N.H. — Abuse allegations against New Hampshire’s state-run youth detention center now span six decades, with 150 staffers during that time accused of physically or sexually harming 230 children at a facility the victims’ attorney calls a “magnet for predators.” Read story

Endangered right whale found dead off South Carolina beach

March 1, 2021, 9:48am Nation & World

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A critically endangered North Atlantic Right whale was found dead over the weekend off the coast of South Carolina, more than four months after it had been spotted entangled in fishing gear. Read story

A green iguana expands a pouch of skin underneath the lower jaw called a dewlap, as it sits in the sun on Key Biscayne, Fla.

Pythons, iguanas: Florida restricts some exotic reptiles

A green iguana expands a pouch of skin underneath the lower jaw called a dewlap, as it sits in the sun on Key Biscayne, Fla.

March 1, 2021, 6:01am Nation & World

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards, oh my! Florida is moving to restrict 16 invasive reptile species that have wreaked havoc in the Everglades and across the state. Read story

Des Moines Area Religious Council operations manager Joe Dolack, left, loads a Farmers to Families Food Box for Thomas Washington, of Des Moines, Iowa, at a mobile food pantry stop, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. Agricultural groups and anti-hunger organizations are pushing the Biden administration to continue the Farmers to Families Food Box program launched by President Donald Trump that spent $6 billion to prevent farmers from plowing under food and instead provide it to millions of Americans left reeling by the coronavirus pandemic.

Food groups fight to save one Trump virus program

Des Moines Area Religious Council operations manager Joe Dolack, left, loads a Farmers to Families Food Box for Thomas Washington, of Des Moines, Iowa, at a mobile food pantry stop, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. Agricultural groups and anti-hunger organizations are pushing the Biden administration to continue the Farmers to Families Food Box program launched by President Donald Trump that spent $6 billion to prevent farmers from plowing under food and instead provide it to millions of Americans left reeling by the coronavirus pandemic.

March 1, 2021, 6:00am Nation & World

DES MOINES, Iowa — As the Biden administration sets up shop, many policies initiated by its hard-right predecessor are being targeted for extinction. But agricultural groups and anti-hunger organizations are fighting to keep one they’ve come to depend on, which channels food that might otherwise be plowed under to people… Read story

Station Lake Worth Inlet, off the coast of Florida, rescued five males aboard a small man-made raft, due to safety of life at sea concerns, two miles southeast of Lake Worth Inlet. The men stated they had been at sea for 16 days since leaving Cuba. (U.S.

‘I can’t buy food’: As Cuba’s economy worsens, desperate rafters risk their lives at sea

Station Lake Worth Inlet, off the coast of Florida, rescued five males aboard a small man-made raft, due to safety of life at sea concerns, two miles southeast of Lake Worth Inlet. The men stated they had been at sea for 16 days since leaving Cuba. (U.S.

March 1, 2021, 6:00am Nation & World

Marisol Monteagudo’s son gave her a kiss goodbye as he headed out the door to spend a night out with friends in Cuba’s Isla de la Juventud. Read story

El Segundo, California-Feb. 7, 2021-John and Christine Yano struggled to get their COVID-19 vaccines. The are caretakers for their three triplets, who have been on oxygen, along with their daughter, Zoey.

Real or fake? Forged documents add another headache to COVID-19 vaccine rollout

El Segundo, California-Feb. 7, 2021-John and Christine Yano struggled to get their COVID-19 vaccines. The are caretakers for their three triplets, who have been on oxygen, along with their daughter, Zoey.

March 1, 2021, 6:00am Nation & World

LOS ANGELES – When Christine Yano got in line at the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Forum earlier this month, she came armed with proof of her eligibility. Read story

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: People wait in the standby line to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Kedren Community Health Center on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. People younger than 65 are getting the COVID-19 vaccine. They are getting a vaccine by waiting on standby. When people do not show up for their appointment, rather than let the vaccine go to waste, the health center is administering on a first come first serve.

Waiting and hoping: COVID-19 vaccine chasers seek out leftover doses in Sacramento

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: People wait in the standby line to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Kedren Community Health Center on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. People younger than 65 are getting the COVID-19 vaccine. They are getting a vaccine by waiting on standby. When people do not show up for their appointment, rather than let the vaccine go to waste, the health center is administering on a first come first serve.

February 28, 2021, 6:00pm Nation & World

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — About a dozen people lingered outside Sacramento State’s University Union around 3 p.m. Tuesday, waiting not for Starbucks or a student government meeting but for a chance at COVID-19 immunity. Read story