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Student-built plane takes to the sky

OMAHA, NE (WOWT) -- For more than 3 years, a group of students from the Omaha area has been building a plane from scratch. Saturday afternoon, it took its inaugural flight from Millard Airport. Some of the students who worked…

A website is offering to pay you $2k to sleep for research

(CNN) -- This could literally be a dream job -- making money by sleeping, including a night in a five-star resort. Sleepstandards.com, a website that provides information on sleep quality products and research, is looking for someone willing to make…

New gun carry law has campus officials pondering

Missoula, Montana (Missoulian) -- The implications of Montana’s new constitutional-carry gun law will take some time to settle out on the state’s college campuses. “There are two things we know,” Montana University System Deputy Commissioner Kevin McRae said on Friday.…

Biden declares major disaster in Texas as federal aid flows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The extreme winter weather that left residents of Texas and other Southern states shivering through an unseasonal cold spell is testing President Joe Biden's disaster management skills. The White House announced Saturday that Biden had declared a…

US considers Covid-19 testing requirement for domestic air travel

(CNN) -- The Biden administration is considering a rule that would require negative Covid-19 test results for domestic air travel, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg mentioned the possible testing requirement for air travelers within the United States in…

Virginia set to become 23rd state to abolish death penalty after state House passes bill

Virginia is set to become the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty, after the state House of Delegates passed legislation Friday that would end capital punishment in the Commonwealth a day after the state Senate passed a similar bill and the governor said he plans to sign it. Friday's vote on the bill in the House of Delegates was 57-41. Virginia's Senate passed their version of the bill on Wednesday on a party-line vote, and it was referred to a House committee Friday. The two bills will need to be approved by the other chamber, and Virginia House Democrats are "confident that both bills will be passed by both chambers, as they are identical," the majority's press secretary Kate Sarna told CNN. But Friday's passage in the House effectively guarantees the legislation will reach the governor's desk. Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam supports abolishing the death penalty, and after the Senate's vote on Wednesday, said he looks forward to signing the bill. Virginia has executed more than 1,300 people -- more than any other state since the Jamestown colony's first recorded execution in 1608 for espionage, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. If the bill is signed into law, Virginia would be the first southern state to repeal the death penalty since the US Supreme Court reinstated the punishment in 1976.

Donald Trump is no longer part of SAG-AFTRA

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday submitted his resignation from SAG-AFTRA, the union representing roughly 160,000 professionals, from actors and musicians to media professionals.