Record book ban attempts reported last year

Story at a glance Last year saw a record 1,269 attempts to ban or restrict library books and resources, according to the nonprofit American Library Association (ALA). The 1,269 attempts in 2022 is nearly double the 729 recorded in 2021, and the highest number of attempted book

Informant didn’t spy on Proud Boys defense, prosecutors say

WASHINGTON (AP) — As revelations that a defense witness was also an FBI informant roil the already contentious Capitol riot trial of members of the far-right Proud Boys group, prosecutors said Thursday that the informant was never told to gather information about the defendants or their lawyers.

The dark side of TikTok

TikTok calls itself “The Last Sunny Corner on the Internet.” But in reality, the app, which claims 150 million Americans among its 1 billion global users, is more than a harmless diversion for jokes and dance videos. It’s a powerful weapon of the Chinese Communist Party. When

Scientists say mine plan claiming no swamp harm has errors

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists for the federal government say documents that Georgia state regulators relied upon to conclude a proposed mine won't harm the nearby Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge contain technical errors and “critical shortcomings” that render them unreliable.

Republicans at odds over DeSantis attacks against Trump

Welcome to The Hill's Campaign newsletter {beacon} Campaign Report Campaign Report The Big Story Republicans at odds over DeSantis attacks against Trump While former President Trump is awaiting potential charges over his possible role in hush money payments during the 2016

Q&A on RSV Vaccine Candidates for Older Adults

This year, the Food and Drug Administration will consider several applications for vaccines and a monoclonal antibody to prevent respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, illness. We'll go through some common questions about RSV and the potential vaccines for older adults in this

Georgia law will ban most transgender care for kids under 18

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will ban most gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies for transgender people under 18 with a new bill signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday.Lawmakers gave final approval to Senate Bill 140 on Tuesday, despite impassioned pleas from Democrats and LGBTQ advocates against what has become the most fiercely contested bill of Georgia's 2023 legislative session.

These 10 states have not expanded Medicaid

State lawmakers in North Carolina reached a deal Thursday on Medicaid expansion, ending a decadelong fight in the state over whether to accept federal funding to expand the program that will provide health coverage to low-income adults. The agreement in North Carolina on the

Tech consulting giant Accenture cutting 19K jobs

The global tech consulting group Accenture on Thursday announced it’s laying off roughly 19,000 people as it works to cut costs, streamline operations and grapple with a difficult economic landscape. The Dublin, Ireland-based company said in a filing with the Securities and

Ron DeSantis Looks Like a Loser

For more than a month now, Donald Trump has been calling his main rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a pedophile. That’s not really an exaggeration. While Trump has refused to settle on a nickname for his primary rival,

House China panel turns focus to plight of Uyghurs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two women who experienced life in Chinese “re-education” camps for Uyghurs will be among the witnesses Thursday as a special House committee focused on countering China shines a light on human rights abuses in the country.

Judge orders anonymous jury in Trump sexual battery trial

A federal judge has ordered an anonymous jury in former President Trump’s sexual battery civil trial next month, citing in part Trump's call for protests as an indictment looms in a separate probe. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled on Thursday that the jurors need

How to escape the trap of the 'clean' debt ceiling vote

Republicans have painted themselves into a corner in the debate over the upcoming vote to raise the country’s debt limit. President Biden says he wants a “clean” vote — that is, no discussion or deal on any other issues — while Republicans are loudly on record demanding

Ohio Senate OKs transportation budget with rail safety rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio senators reacting to the East Palestine train derailment proposed state oversight of wayside detectors that can spot railway defects, among other safety provisions, in a nearly $13.5 billion transportation budget that passed Thursday with bipartisan support.