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Jury selection has begun in one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates are charged with seditious conspiracy. Stewart Rhodes and the others are the first Jan. 6 defendants charged with the the rare Civil War-era offense to stand trial. Authorities allege there was a serious, weekslong plot to violently stop the transfer of presidential power from election-denier Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Picking a jury could take several days. The trial is expected to last five weeks.

Soaring food prices toughest on frail seniors. In a new poll, more than one-third of 50- to 80-year-olds said rising food costs have had a substantial impact on their well-being. Read more

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The genteel world of chess has been rocked by accusations of cheating made by the game’s leading player. Magnus Carlsen is the world champion and a player widely considered one of the greatest ever. He has posted a statement on Twitter in which he says he believes 19-year-old American opponent Hans Niemann “has cheated more — and more recently — than he has publicly admitted.” Carlsen lost to Niemann two weeks ago at the over-the-board Sinquefield Cup after which Carlsen withdrew from the tournament. The Norwegian then quit a game against Niemann at the Julius Baer Generation Cup last week after making just one move.

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Idaho universities are warning staffers not to refer students to abortion providers or emergency contraception. One school also says employees shouldn't tell students how to get birth control. It’s the latest restriction in a state that already holds some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Mike Satz, a Boise attorney and former interim dean at the University of Idaho’s College of Law, said the guidance from the University of Idaho and Boise State University will have a chilling effect on speech. The prohibition on abortion and emergency contraception referrals come from a law passed in 2021. The ban on advertising birth control comes from a law passed in 1867, before Idaho was a state.

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Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by paying kickbacks to doctors in the form of speakers and consulting fees to persuade them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs. Federal prosecutors in Boston say the agreement announced Monday settles a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former Biogen employee. Under the settlement, Biogen will pay more than $843 million to the federal government and more than $56 million to 15 states for overbilling Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs. Biogen said the settlement is not an admission of liability and believes at all times it acted lawfully.

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