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Family of Americans held hostage in Iran urges Biden administration to make release key part of Iran policy

The family of two Iranian-Americans held in Iran is urging the Biden administration to make the release of hostages a key part of its Iran policy and to ensure that they are not left behind again.
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Graham Challenges Biden as Senate Stalls on Unemployment Benefits, 'You Could Pick Up the Phone'
At the time Graham spoke, the Senate had been stalled for more than five hours over dueling amendments to expand unemployment benefits — which are due to expire on March 14.
Man arrested with over 300 grams of meth
Kyrsten Sinema Tweet Calling Minimum Wage Raise 'No-Brainer' Resurfaces After No Vote
"A full-time minimum-wage earner makes less than $16k a year. This one's a no-brainer. Tell Congress to #RaiseTheWage!" Sinema wrote in 2014, when she served in the House.
Biden seeking to boost COVID relief bill
President Joe Biden convenes a White House round table, aiming to strike a "conversation" with people who would benefit from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. "People in the country are hurting right now," Biden said. (March 5)
Capitol Hill has picked Shalanda Young to lead OMB -- but Biden hasn't yet
Congressional Democrats are pushing President Joe Biden to nominate Shalanda Young to lead the Office of Management and Budget after Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination amid opposition in the Senate.
Fact Check: Was Pope Francis Once a Nightclub Bouncer?
Pope Francis trended on Twitter Friday amid his visit to Iraq. The day prior, one social media user declared that he used to work an odd job that could be considered surprising for a pope.
US jobless claims drop, but are still high
New unemployment numbers are a potential sign of recovery, but the U.S. "still has a long way to go" says Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Professor Phillip Braun. (March 5)
Greg Abbott Blames Biden Border Policies for Spreading COVID, Days After Lifting Mask Mandate
Abbott says "the president and his administration need to step up and stop this program," ending the process of bringing asylum seekers into the country.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice appear on Sunday's "Face the Nation"
Here's how Canadian schools have stayed open
While many US schools have yet to return to in-person learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic, most Canadian schools have been open for months. CNN's Paula Newton reports.
Bill limiting China-backed Confucius Institutes passed unanimously by Senate
The Senate unanimously passed a bill this week that clamps down on China’s reach into U.S. universities by tightening restrictions on Confucius Institutes.
UFC’s Megan Anderson gets Amanda Nunes title fight after ‘disgusting’ controversy
While preparing for the biggest fight of her life, UFC title contender Megan Anderson earlier this year found herself the center of attention she didn’t ask for, the focus of crude remarks by a male fighter.  Casey Kenney, responding to a question on fellow UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley’s “The Timbo Sugar Show” podcast, cracked jokes...
Lawmakers call for probe of Cuomo nursing home COVID death cover-up
A Queens lawmaker is calling on state Attorney General Letitia James to investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office alleged cover-up of the accurate count of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus. “I’m very troubled by this development,” Democratic state Sen. Joe Addabbo told The Post Friday. “The attorney general should conduct a full and complete...
Former Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf on "The Takeout" - 3/5/2021
Former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf joined Major Garrett to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's offer to assist the U.S. Capitol Police during the January 6 assault on the Capitol on this week's episode of "The Takeout."
UFC 259 predictions: Who are we picking in the three title fights?
Check out our staff members' picks for the UFC 259 main card, which features three title fights.       Related StoriesUFC 259 weigh-in highlights, faceoffs and photo galleryUFC 259 video: Champs Jan Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya get close in final faceoffUFC 259 breakdown: What could be Megan Anderson's path to longshot win vs. Amanda Nunes?
Ava DuVernay’s Debut ‘This Is The Life’ Ranks Among Hip Hop’s Greatest Documentaries
DuVernay's familiarity with the subject matter gives it an authority which is both thorough and affectionate.
The Casual Marvel Fan’s Guide to WandaVision’s Finale
The mid- and post-credits sequences, the ship of Theseus, the Darkhold, “Ralph Bohner,” that alien, and more.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Texas ending its statewide mask mandate
Democratic Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas, joined CBSN to discuss his reaction to Republican Governor Greg Abbott ending the statewide mask mandate there next week.
Hillsong leader apologizes ‘unreservedly’ after scandal
The leader of megachurch Hillsong has apologized — but will congregants forgive him?  Five months since the firing of adulterous NYC superstar pastor Carl Lentz — which exposed rifts across the church, fraud accusations and congregant allegations of abuse — Hillsong’s senior pastor and co-founder Brian Houston has for the first time publicly said that...
AstraZeneca hopes to file for COVID vaccine authorization within weeks
The drugmaker is working on a potential new vaccine that could be more effective against variants.
Flying during the pandemic: Pilots' perspective
CNN's Richard Quest reports how many pilots have been forced to adapt due to the pandemic and having a life under Covid-19.
Pittsburgh Penguins discipline staffer for altering fan photo to show proper mask use
"Our social media team should never send out altered photos to our fan base," the Pittsburgh Penguins said, adding it had disciplined the staffer.
Myanmar envoy to UN: It seems like they have a license to kill
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Dr. Sasa, envoy representing Myanmar's Parliament to the UN, about the ongoing protests in Myanmar.
Best sandals and slides for men 2021: 15 casual but cool summer shoes
Slide into spring and summer in style.
Non-Fungible Tokens Could Change 'Culture, Period,' Says Art Specialist
With one lot at Christie's going for over $3 million at auction, the art world is assessing the value of digital art—but this could just be the beginning for NFTs.
Senate vote on $1.9T stimulus stalled by swing Democrat Manchin on unemployment
The Senate on Friday unexpectedly paused consideration of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.) wielded his outsized influence in a debate over unemployment insurance. Manchin supports reducing a weekly federal supplement to $300, down from $400 in the House-passed version of the bill. But there are dueling proposals on...
Review: 'The Orphanage,' an imperfect yet charming blend of Bollywood and Soviet Afghanistan
An underage ticket scalper is sent to a boys' home near the end of Soviet-era Afghanistan in Shahrbanoo Sadat's Bollywood-tinged drama "The Orphanage."
Allegedly impaired NJ dad drove 11-year-old son onto railroad tracks, got stuck: cops
A New Jersey dad allegedly high on drugs and with a stash of $110,000 cash got behind the wheel of a car with his 11-year-old son inside and drove the pair onto railroad tracks — where they got stuck, according to cops. Elmwood Park Police rescued Asad Ali, 55, and his son from the Toyota...
Today in MMA History: Conor McGregor suffers first UFC loss, and Nate Diaz is not surprised
On March 5, 2016, Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor combined for a fight that started as a last-minute backup plan, and led to two of the biggest nights in UFC history. It may have shocked everyone else, but not Diaz.       Related StoriesToday in MMA History: Conor McGregor suffers first UFC loss, and Nate Diaz is not surprised - EnclosureUFC 259 predictions: Who are we picking in the three title fights?Jon Jones predicts Israel Adesanya's demise in deleted UFC 259 main event prediction
Zappos founder Tony Hsieh's self-described 'right-hand person' seeking over $9M from his estate
Creditor’s claims filed in a Las Vegas court shed more light on Tony Hsieh’s self-described "right-hand" person’s bid for money she said the Zappos founder owed her, according to a recent report.
Trump State Department official charged for attacking police in Capitol riot
A former Trump State Department political appointee appeared in Washington, DC, federal court Friday after being charged for pushing against police in the Capitol building during the January 6 insurrection.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the world's-quickest off-road station wagon
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has been revealed with blistering performance and prices starting at $92,250.
Latina lawmaker mocked for accent while discussing racial disparities in Maryland: 'I was in disbelief'
Councilmember Nancy Navarro of Montgomery County, Maryland was discussing racial disparities in vaccination rates when she was mocked for her accent.
Progressives grapple with path forward as hopes of passing minimum wage fade
The Senate dealt progressives a blow they have been trying to prevent but knew was coming by voting down an amendment to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden's Covid relief package.
Biden calls for teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccines "immediately"
President Biden has called for teachers and support staff to be prioritized for vaccines against COVID-19. Laura Meckler, a national education reporter for The Washington Post, joined CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss the difficulties of reopening schools during the pandemic.
Why isn’t Biden a Nazi, too and other commentary
Iconoclast: Why Isn’t Biden a Nazi, Too? The left acted like President Trump “was always either embodying the evils of the Second World War or propelling humanity into a third,” but now that President Biden is “doing a lot of the same things,” it’s telling that no one is calling him a Nazi, notes Spiked...
PM Update: Loads of sunshine but still chilly through the weekend
Temperatures are more like February than March.
A turning point for voting rights
The future of voting rights — in state legislatures across the country and before the Supreme Court.
Proposed Senate bill aims to fight illegal deforestation globally
There's a push on Capitol Hill to hold nations accountable for illegal deforestation. Tanya Rivero spoke with CBS climate and energy reporter Cara Korte about a new bill proposed by Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
Texas Sheriff Candidate Pleads Guilty to Misleading FBI About Racist Social Media Posts
A former sheriff’s candidate in West Texas admitted to posting racist messages on his social media accounts in previous years after initially blaming his political rival for fabricating the content. The politician ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the incident.
Democrats Rage as $15 Minimum Wage Effort Fails: 'Despicable, Unacceptable'
Several prominent Democrats expressed disappointment and frustration after several Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate in rejecting Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Backlash After Washington Post's ‘March 4 Threat from Militant Trump Supporters’ Story a ‘Mirage'
After warning to brace for violence at the Capitol by “QAnon crackpots” who believed former President Trump would return to power on March 4 (the country’s original Inauguration Day), with a militant group possibly plotting to breach the Capitol again, the Washington Post followed up by declaring the supposed threats a mere “mirage.”
Appeals court reverses decision tossing Derek Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge
A decision to toss out the third-degree murder charge against ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in the police-custody death of George Floyd was reversed by an appeals court Friday, according to a report. The reversal could delay the trial of the former officer, who already faces second-degree murder and manslaughter raps, an NBC-TV affiliate reported. The...
Virgin Galactic shares plummet after chairman dumps $213M stake
Virgin Galactic’s stock took a nosedive Friday after chairman Chamath Palihapitiya cashed out his personal stake for about $213 million. Shares in Richard Branson’s space-exploration firm tumbled 21 percent to a low of $23.95 after Palihapitiya, a prominent venture capitalist, revealed that he dumped the last 6.2 million shares in his personal portfolio. The stock...
Kanye’s Campaign Store May Land Him in Deep Trouble With the Feds
REUTERSFormer Birthday Party presidential contender Kanye West has not yet terminated his campaign, but he has disabled donations and removed merch from his website after receiving a notice from the Federal Election Commission and numerous complaints about extended shipping delays from some of his zoomer donors hopeful that their federal contribution would return a black-market payday.The unusual violations in the West campaign’s FEC reports include multiple donations from minors, multiple possible contributions from foreign nationals and several fake names and addresses that trace to drop-shipping warehouses on both coasts. On top of that, experts say, West himself may face an investigation for unlawful fundraising practices that pulled in nearly $100,000 in small donations this year.“In five-plus years of doing this I’ve never come across something like this,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has filed 14 federal lawsuits targeting illegal campaign finance activity since 2016.Read more at The Daily Beast.
NY AG: Monahan encouraged cops’ ‘unlawful behavior’ during George Floyd protests
Outgoing Chief of Department Terence Monahan “actively encouraged and participated in [NYPD’s] unlawful behavior” during the George Floyd protests over the summer, the state attorney general charges in a scathing new court filing. The amended complaint filed Friday by New York Attorney General Letitia James takes aim at the highest-ranking uniformed officer as he’s set...
Biden Allies See Urgency in Confirming Xavier Becerra As Immigration Woes Deepen
Democrats and Latino leaders say the delay to confirm Xavier Becerra as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has effects beyond the ever-present pandemic, and includes the Biden administration's deepening immigration woes.
Gig workers could end up losers in Covid relief bill
The industry says it’s getting ambushed, complaining it didn’t even know lawmakers were planning the tax crackdown.