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As drought cuts hay crop, cattle ranchers face culling herds

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - With his cattle ranch threatened by a deepening drought, Jim Stanko isn't cheered by the coming storm signaled by the sound of thunder. "Thunder means lightning, and lightning can cause fires," said Stanko, who fears … more

1st evacuation flight brings 221 Afghans, many children, to U.S.

WASHINGTON - The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden said … more

Expert: COVID-19 poses risk to male reproductive system, but not vaccine

Contrary to myths circulating on social media, COVID-19 vaccines do not cause erectile dysfunction and male infertility. What is true: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, poses a risk for both disorders. Until now, little research has … more

CDC team: 'War has changed' as dangers of variant emerge

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents … more

Worker pay rises strongly, businesses fight to fill jobs

WASHINGTON - Wages and salaries rose at a healthy pace in the three months ending in June as employers competed to find enough workers to fill millions of available jobs. Pay increased 1% in the second quarter for workers in the private sector, … more

1 in 5 flight attendants report high frequency of unruly passengers

DALLAS - Nearly one in five flight attendants say they have witnessed physical incidents involving passengers this year, and their union is calling for criminal prosecution of people who act up on planes. A union survey supports what airlines and … more

Senate advances nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate advanced a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan on Friday with a bipartisan group of senators helping it clear one more hurdle and bracing to see if support can hold during the next few days of debate and efforts to … more

Evictions looming, Biden fails to get Congress to extend ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide eviction moratorium is set to expire Saturday after President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress worked furiously but ultimately failed to align on a long-shot … more

Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, the state Health Department reported Friday, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 … more

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated?

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated?Yes, if you've been around someone who has COVID-19.The latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who … more

Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase … more

Delivery apps expand reach to meet customer demands

Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are rapidly expanding their services to grocers, convenience stores, pharmacies, pet stores and even department stores. On … more

FDA allows automatic 'generic' swap for brand-name insulin

U.S. regulators took action Wednesday that will make it easier to get a cheaper, near-copy of a brand-name insulin at the drugstore. Doctors now have to specifically prescribe what's called a biosimilar or OK substituting it for a more expensive … more

Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire

BOSTON - The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled it would only be extended until the end of the month. The White … more

Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation Thursday that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside … more

Infrastructure deal: Senate suddenly acts to take up bill

WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the … more

Tough new vaccination rules ordered for fed government

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new pandemic requirements for millions of federal workers as he denounced an "American tragedy" of rising-yet-preventable deaths among unvaccinated U.S. employees and … more

Senate ready to move ahead on $1T infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans reached a deal with Democrats on Wednesday over major outstanding issues in a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and said they are ready to vote to take up the bill. An evening test vote was possible. Lead GOP … more

Turn off, turn on can help thwart top phone hackers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. At a briefing by security staff this year, he said he got some advice on how to help keep his cellphone … more

New CDC guidelines set off rush to reimpose mask mandates

New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation Wednesday as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to restore mandates and others pushed back against the guidelines at a time when Americans are … more
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