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  • Latter-day Saints church gives $20M to distribute vaccines globally

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it has given $20 million to help a program aimed at distributing coronavirus vaccines to poorer countries around the world.
  • Dems near relief bill OK by House, ponder wage plan rescue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seemed headed toward House passage Friday, even as Democrats searched for a way to revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the COVID-19 relief measure, which embodies President Joe […]
  • US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level. Jobless claims declined by 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It is the lowest […]
  • US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

    The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.
  • Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

    Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.
  • COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate parliamentarian dealt a potentially lethal blow Thursday to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress, Senate Democratic aides said. The finding by Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan […]
  • Asylum seekers rush to register for US border processing

    Migrants who have waited in Mexico and elsewhere to get hearings on their U.S. asylum requests are dealing now with a mix of hope and frustration.
  • FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The long-anticipated shot could offer the nation a third vaccine option and help […]
  • Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Missed intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the iconic building and halted certification of the presidential election on Jan. 6, the officials who were in charge of security that day said in their first public testimony on the insurrection. The officials, […]
  • Interior nominee Haaland vows ‘balance’ on energy, climate

    Deb Haaland, a New Mexico congresswoman named to lead the Interior Department, said she is committed to "strike the right balance" as the agency manages energy development.

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