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A sign is displayed outside of the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas.

Texas rabbi describes how he and two hostages escaped synagogue standoff

The rabbi of a Texas synagogue where a gunman took hostages during livestreamed services said Monday that he threw a chair at his captor before escaping with two others after an hourslong standoff.

Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke during a press conference with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at Union Station on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

On MLK Day, Martin Luther King III implores Senate to act on voting rights

A day before the US Senate was expected to take up critical legislation on voting rights that is looking likely to fail, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s eldest son condemned federal lawmakers over their inaction.

Tire tracks, broken branches, and trampled trees have defiled the New Jersey Pinelands and the state has not done enough to protect the forests, activists said.

New Jersey fails to protect damaged Pinelands, activists say

Trucks ravage the New Jersey Pinelands, and the state is doing too little to protect the woodlands, advocates say. But officials say they're just trying to be fair to both hikers and off-road drivers.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a Senate hearing in Washington on Nov. 4, 2021.

The CDC’s new challenge? Grappling with imperfect science.

The contagious Omicron variant is pushing the CDC into uncharted territory. Because decisions must be made at a breakneck pace, the agency has issued recommendations based on what once would have been considered insufficient evidence, amid growing public concern about how these guidelines affect the economy and education.

A healthcare worker administered a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in San Francisco, Calif. on Jan. 10, 2022.

County’s $7 million in PPE left outside, damaged by California rain

About $7 million worth of surplus personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, purchased by a Northern California county earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, was damaged in recent rainstorms after it was left outside for months, officials said Friday.

Gen. Mark Milley arrived to testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

US Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley tests positive for COVID-19

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, General Mark Milley, tested positive on Sunday for COVID-19, according to a statement from the agency.

President Joe Biden discussed the Omicron variant and the government response in Washington on Jan. 4, 2022. Just over a third of Americans said they thought the US pandemic response is going well, a new poll said.

Just 36 percent of Americans say pandemic response is ‘going well’

Just over a third of Americans have positive views on efforts to control the coronavirus, a new poll says.

Coretta Scott King welcomed her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. after he left court in Montgomery, Ala., on March 22, 1956. King was found guilty of conspiracy to boycott city buses in a campaign to desegregate the bus system.

The first time Coretta Scott saw Martin Luther King was in Boston. ‘He looked like a boy,’ she said.

Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr. were both students in Boston in 1952 when they met for the first time.