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Tour companies are retooling to handle pandemic travel

On G Adventures's Mt. Blanc Trekking tour, safety guidelines stipulate that members of the group maintain six feet of distance between themselves. (G Adventures, Inc.)

Before the pandemic, Joey Parrott, an inveterate traveler, had plans to visit Norway, India and Italy. But when these borders closed to Americans, his trips were all canceled. After staying at home for five months, the retired banker from Dalton, ...

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Once openly political, the Supreme Court has traded partisanship for power

Former President William H Taft, at left, takes the oath of office as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 11, 1921. Taft used his political acumen to secure a robust expansion of judicial power in the Judiciary Act of 1925. (AP File Photo)

As Republicans push to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court before the election, and Democrats counter with threats to expand the court if the party wins power, Americans overwhelmingly favor keeping ...

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Justice Department recommends holding tech giants liable for some online content

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Justice Department on Wednesday urged Congress to adopt new legislation that could punish Facebook, Google and Twitter for a wide array of harmful content posted online, threatening to erode a long-cherished legal immunity that Silicon Valley says is critical to the future of the Internet.

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Judge’s actions in Flynn case raise novel questions about judicial power

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference with Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The pitched legal battle over the fate of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn raises unsettled, novel questions about what happens when a judge refuses to go along when prosecutors no longer want to pursue their case. ...

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Law may trigger halt to development in some parts of PG County

Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski. (Washington Post photo by Matt McClain)

When the Prince George's County Council in Maryland reconvenes in January, its members will confront an issue intertwined with two of the Washington suburb's hot-button issues: development and public safety.

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Jennifer Rubin: Why Iowa is so complicated

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg addresses supporters during a rally before participating in the Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration event in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

In six weeks, Iowans will gather in schools, community centers and other locales to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee. The number of people who turn out for an evening to talk presidential politics with their neighbors is a sliver ...

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Federal review of Baltimore-Washington high-speed maglev project ‘paused’

Wayne Rogers, chairman and CEO of Northeast Maglev. (The Daily Record/Adam Bednar)

The Federal Railroad Administration has temporarily halted its analysis of the proposed high-speed "maglev" train system in the Washington region to give those behind the project more time to provide details about its design and engineering.

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Pa. court: Pointing a finger gun can be a crime

(Vladimir Cetinski / Depositphotos.com)

On a warm day in June 2018, Stephen Kirchner was walking with a fellow neighbor when they came up on Josh Klingseisen’s yard. They were not friendly with Klingseisen. In fact, the woman walking with Kirchner, Elaine Natore, had a ...

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Prince George’s re-entry court program aims to reduce repeat offenders

About halfway through a 15-year prison term for assaulting and stealing from cabdrivers, Dionte Borges got a chance at getting out early and returning to his son and daughter. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges

Dionte Borges was looking forward to Florida. The judge overseeing his probation had authorized the work trip, noting Borges had been doing “exceptionally well” in re-entry court and as long as he stayed on track, he’d be free to travel. ...

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Supreme Court appears reluctant to prohibit dual prosecutions

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include the new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Some justices have a sort of verbal signature, phrases they employ to disagree _ more or less politely _ with a lawyer arguing in front of them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — A majority of the Supreme Court sounded unlikely Thursday to overturn more than a century of doctrine that allows states and the federal government to prosecute someone for the same criminal conduct. While it went unmentioned at the ...

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