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House Dems begin moving parts of Biden $3.5T domestic plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats began pushing plans for providing paid family and medical leave, easing climate change and bolstering education through House committees Thursday as they battled Republicans and among themselves over President Joe … more

New vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

WASHINGTON - In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out … more

Los Angeles to require vaccine for all students 12 and up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles board of education voted Thursday to require students 12 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend in-person classes in the nation's … more

AP source: Biden requiring federal workers to get COVID shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday is toughening COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors as he aims to boost vaccinations and curb the surging delta … more

Report: Solar energy could power 40% of America's electricity needs by 2035

WASHINGTON (AP) - Solar energy has the potential to supply up to 40% of the nation's electricity within 15 years - a 10-fold increase over current solar output but one that would require massive changes in U.S. policy and billions of dollars in … more

Poll: Americans wary of U.S. government surveillance

WASHINGTON - As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, Americans increasingly balk at intrusive government surveillance in the name of national security, and only about a third think that the wars in Afghanistan … more

Idaho enacts crisis hospital care standards

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho public health leaders activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly … more

COVID-19 boosters are coming, but who will get them, when?

COVID-19 booster shots may be coming for at least some Americans, but already the Biden administration is being forced to scale back expectations - illustrating just how much important science still has to be worked out. The initial plan was to … more

Taliban form all-male Afghan government of old guard members

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against the U.S.-led coalition, a move that seems unlikely … more

U.S.-built databases a potential tool of Taliban repression

BOSTON - During two decades, the United States and its allies spent hundreds of millions of dollars building databases for the Afghan people. The nobly stated goal: promote law and order and government accountability and modernize a war-ravaged … more

Motive for Florida family's massacre after home invasion might never be known

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Investigators said that when they captured Marine veteran Bryan Riley outside the Lakeland, Florida, home where he allegedly killed a couple, their 3-month-old son and the boy's grandmother, he told them, "You know why I did … more

Severe shortages of supplies, workers will delay, increase prices of Gulf Coast rebuilding

Joe Sobol, owner of Big Easy Construction in New Orleans, has bad news for homeowners who've been calling about roofs damaged by Hurricane Ida or to get an update on renovations that were scheduled before the storm ripped through the area. The … more

Until 2023? Parts shortage expected to keep auto prices sky-high

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Back in the spring, a shortage of computer chips that had sent auto prices soaring appeared, finally, to be easing. Some relief for consumers seemed to be in sight. That hope has now dimmed. A surge in COVID-19 cases from the … more

Ida prompts lawmakers' vow to upgrade nation's infrastructure network

WASHINGTON - Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network. As the … more

First responders nationwide resist vaccine mandates

March 11, 2021. It was supposed to be a turning point in the coronavirus pandemic for Erin Tokley, a longtime Philadelphia police officer, Baptist minister and 47-year-old father of three. It was supposed to be the day of his vaccine … more

2 anchors of COVID-19 safety net end, affecting millions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mary Taboniar went 15 months without a paycheck, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. A housekeeper at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort in Honolulu, the single mother of two saw her income completely vanish as the virus devastated … more

Plea and a trial loom in next month for Giuliani associates

NEW YORK (AP) — The October illegal campaign contribution trial of an associate of Rudy Giuliani — and a guilty plea set to occur this week by a second associate — puts a spotlight … more

Florida gunman killed 4, including mom still holding baby

A man wearing full body armor fatally shot four people, including a mother and the 3-month-old baby she was cradling, and engaged in a massive gunfight with police and deputies before he was wounded … more

New Orleans will get power back next week

NEW ORLEANS - Power should be restored to almost all of New Orleans by Wednesday, 10 days after Hurricane Ida destroyed the electric grid, tearing down poles, transformers and even a massive steel transmission tower and leaving more than 1 million … more

Gov. McMaster: Jump start Interstate 26 widening with $360M in virus money

SWANSEA - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster urged state lawmakers Thursday to use $360 million in federal pandemic relief funds to jump start the widening of Interstate 26 between Charleston and Columbia. McMaster joined state transportation … more
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