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Democrats begin long-shot push to expand the Supreme Court

From left, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., hold a news conference outside the Supreme Court to announce legislation to expand the number of seats on the high court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Legislation introduced by a group of Democratic lawmakers would to add four seats to the nine-member Supreme Court, in a long-shot bid designed to counter the court’s rightward tilt during the Trump administration

Former Vice President Pence gets pacemaker

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a memorial service for the late Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager in Charleston, W. Va., on  Jan. 15, 2021. Pence has a book deal. His autobiography, currently untitled, is scheduled to come out in 2023. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

Former Vice President Mike Pence received a pacemaker Wednesday.

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a person looks inside the closed doors of the Pasadena Community Job Center in Pasadena, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. According to a new poll from Impact Genome and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research 55% of Americans say their financial circumstances are about the same now as a year ago, and 30% say their finances have improved.    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 576,000, a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession

Months after hack, US poised to announce sanctions on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Coordination Center of the Russian Government in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The centre was set up as a line of communication with the whole of Russia for analysing and collecting information, promptly using big data and solving arising problems. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Biden administration is preparing to announce new sanctions in response to a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, as well as for election interference

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, center, listens as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., right, chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, attends a markup in the House Judiciary Committee of a bill to create a commission to study and address social disparities in the African American community today. Rep. Jackson-Lee is the sponsor of that legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A House panel has advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves, approving legislation Wednesday night that would create a commission to study the issue

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Treasury Department creates office to oversee virus relief

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo the Capitol is seen amid reflections of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. The Treasury Department said Wednesday, April 14, 2021, it has created a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money passed by Congress to combat the coronavirus-related recession. Officials said the goal is to streamline the process and ensure that all eligible groups have access to the aid.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Treasury Department is creating a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money passed by Congress to combat the coronavirus-related recession

NATO to match U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken address a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Brussels on Wednesday for talks with European and NATO allies about Afghanistan, Ukraine and other matters. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance has agreed to withdraw its roughly 7,000 non-American forces from Afghanistan to match U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to pull all American troops from the country starting on May 1

Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, police keep a watch on demonstrators who tried to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

As Congress pushes for a return to normalcy months after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, an internal report about the deadly siege is painting a dire picture of the Capitol Police’s ability to respond to threats against lawmakers

House committee to vote on D.C. statehood, a once-fringe issue now central to Democrats

The district government has placed 51-star flags along Pennsylvania Ave to the Capitol and around the White House in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2021, in advance of a statehood hearing in a congressional committee. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Astrid Riecken

Legislation to make Washington D.C. the 51st state advanced from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Wednesday, teeing up the bill's expected passage in the full House for the second consecutive year possibly as soon as next week.

Senate advances bill to combat attacks against Asian-Americans

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday easily advanced a bill designed to combat hate crimes against Asian-Americans in a bipartisan response to a wave of attacks since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Study finds people want more than watchdogs for journalists

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo a broadcast journalist sits in front of lights ahead of the first presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. A new study of people's attitudes toward the press finds that distrust goes deeper than just partisanship and down to how journalists define their mission. Americans want their journalists to be more than watchdogs. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

A study of people's attitudes toward the press finds that distrust goes deeper than just partisanship and down to how journalists define their mission

Harris highlights pregnancy difficulties facing Black women

Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and White House Domestic Policy director Susan Rice, participate in a roundtable discussion highlighting the disparities that Black women face in maternal health at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Vice President Kamala Harris has marked Black Maternal Health Week by leading a White House discussion of the issues that make African American women two to three times more likely than other women to die because of childbirth

Democrats signal limited patience for GOP opposition to Biden infrastructure package

Top Senate Democrats on Tuesday signaled they may have no choice but to bypass Republicans in order to advance President Joe Biden's roughly $2 trillion infrastructure package, as GOP leaders continued to attack the plan over the scope of its...

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Is that a sizzling summer in the COVID-19 crystal ball?

Clearing of pandemic clouds may be in store for the summer of 2021.

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New London man arrested in alleged Norwich home invasion

A New London man faces assault, robbery and other charges stemming from an alleged home invasion at a Norwich residence.

Mountain biker severely injured in Groton

On Wednesday afternoon, a mountain biker had to be transported by Life Star helicopter from the Groton Town police department after sustaining severe injuries, police say.

Police logs - April 15, 2021

Arrests by state and local police in the region.

Police logs - April 14, 2021

Arrests by state and local police in the region.

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Early morning April snow showers hit parts of region

Some southeastern Connecticut residents awoke Friday morning to find their lawns covered in snow.

In the Times: Poole named new assistant Times editor

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I’m happy to announce that the Times has a new assistant editor: Owen Poole, a former sportswriter and most recently copy editor for The Day.

Lacrosse game held in the rain on new Groton field

Fans take cover from the rain Thursday, April 15, 2021, while watching the Fitch vs. Waterford boys´ lacrosse game in Groton.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Fans took cover from the rain Thursday while watching the Fitch vs. Waterford boys' lacrosse game in Groton.

Mystic Seaport holds Pirate Days

From left, Michelle Hill, her sons Brayden, 3, and Preston, 4, and husband, Cliff, all of North Branford, battle the wind while wearing ponchos Thursday, April 15, 2021, as they visit the Mystic Seaport for Pirate Days.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The second day of Mystic Seaport Museum's Pirate Days was a bit soggy for visitors, but the show went on nevertheless.