Rioters acted on Trump’s ‘orders,’ Democrats say in trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial say rioters believed they were are acting on the “president’s orders” to storm the Capitol to undo Joe Biden’s election victory. The House is ready to wrap up opening arguments. Biden says he believes “some minds may be changed” after the previous day’s gripping video…

Lawmakers consider bills on mistaken unemployment payments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering several bills to allow Missourians to keep unemployment benefits they were not entitled to. The House Special Committee on Government Oversight heard seven separate proposals Wednesday to forgive payments to people who were not intentionally committing fraud. Gov. Mike Parson has said people should return the…

Democrats: Trump ‘inciter in chief’ of Capitol attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening arguments are underway in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. House Democratic prosecutors will try to link the former president directly to the deadly Capitol riot with new video footage of the mayhem. Trump is charged with inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection after encouraging a crowd to “fight like hell” over his defeated…

Virus dims Carnival joy and commerce on a New Orleans street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is tamping down the joy — and the revenue — associated with the Carnival season in New Orleans. Parades that normally draw thousands in the weeks before Mardi Gras have been canceled. Bars and restaurants that usually overflow with free-spending customers are closed or operating at limited capacity.…

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