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Senate negotiators say infrastructure deal is done

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WASHINGTON — Senate negotiators announced Wednesday that they have resolved outstanding issues on a bipartisan infrastructure package and are prepared to vote as early as Wednesday night to consider the measure.

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, the GOP's lead negotiator, described the legislation as a major infrastructure package that would be ...Read more

Vaccinated US visitors to England won't need to quarantine

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American and European Union travelers who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus will no longer need to spend 10 days in quarantine after they arrive in England from Aug. 2.

Under plans backed by British ministers on Wednesday, international leisure cruises will also resume after being put on hold for more than a year.

The reforms to ...Read more

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Coronavirus surge worsening in California as officials consider more drastic actions

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LOS ANGELES — Faced with sustained increases in coronavirus infections and COVID-19 hospitalizations, California officials are considering new measures to hopefully cap the spike.

Though the number of infections and those who are ill enough to be hospitalized remain well below the levels of previous surges, the extent of the latest increases ...Read more

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5 takeaways from the first House hearing on Jan. 6 attack

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WASHINGTON — Sober first-person accounts from police marked the first hearing of the House committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The attack, which occurred following a rally by President Donald Trump near the White House and disrupted for several hours Congress’ obligation to publicly count the Electoral ...Read more

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Bipartisan infrastructure deal could advance as soon as Wednesday after breakthrough in talks

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is closing in on a final agreement for an approximately $1.2 trillion proposal to build and repair the nation’s roads, bridges and broadband internet networks.

The plan is the first part of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” infrastructure initiative.

The Senate may hold the first ...Read more

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Cuomo issues vaccination mandate for New York state workers, hospital staffers

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Following in New York City's footsteps, New York state is making vaccinations or regular COVID-19 testing mandatory for all state employees.

Additionally, all patient-facing front-line health care workers in state-run hospitals must be immunized, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

“I think we need dramatic action to get ...Read more

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Who's telling the truth? Battle over lie-detecting is stranger than fiction

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Someone is not telling the truth. It’s either the polygraph industry behind the age-old lie detection equipment, or it’s the makers of the newer voice-stress test technology.

Both say their methods are dependable, and both claim their competitor is spreading falsehoods about what works best for police. It’s a ...Read more


Masks, vaccines could stop COVID spike within 2 weeks, CDC director says

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A renewed vaccine push mixed with masking could flatten America’s recent spike in coronavirus cases within two weeks, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday morning.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky sounded the hopeful note after her health agency reversed lenient face-covering guidelines on Tuesday, urging even ...Read more

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Want fries with that vaccine? Even at a fast-food restaurant, pop-up clinics see slow traffic

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A few months ago, the boxy, teal truck parked outside a McDonald’s in this Inland Empire city might have drawn hundreds of people willing to stand in line for hours under the scorching sun.

The truck is San Bernardino County’s mobile vaccine unit, which brings COVID-19 vaccines directly to people. But on July 15, ...Read more

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Masks on. Masks off. Masks on again at White House, as COVID variant threat grows

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WASHINGTON — A little more than two months ago, a beaming President Joe Biden stepped into the Rose Garden to announce that vaccinated Americans no longer needed to wear masks indoors. So much progress had been made against the coronavirus, now they could go back to “greeting others with a smile.”

But anyone smiling inside the White House...Read more

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Medical students begin careers amid pandemic, with white coats, high hopes and Narcan kits

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PHILADELPHIA — Nicola Habash's mother held out the short white coat for him.

"Here you go, young man. This is it," she said as he slipped his arms through the sleeves.

With that, Habash was among 280 Thomas Jefferson University students who began their medical school journey Friday during a two-hour ceremony at the Crystal Tea Room of The ...Read more

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Republican legislators curb authority of county, state election officials

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Republican lawmakers this year passed an unprecedented bevy of bills targeting the authority of state and local election officials, a power grab that might allow partisan legislators to overturn future election results by claiming there was fraud.

GOP legislators in at least 14 states have enacted 23 new laws that empower state officials to ...Read more

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Physician convicted of illegally prescribing opioids says the DEA has turned doctoring into 'another aspect of the war on drugs'

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CHICAGO — As the nation grapples with a record number of overdose deaths, it might not seem like the ideal time for a physician convicted of illegally prescribing opioids to push for liberalized drug laws.

Dr. Jay Joshi is taking his shot anyway.

Joshi, 37, who lives in Chicago’s western suburbs but practices in northern Indiana (and is ...Read more

Biden's 'summer of joy' turns grim as delta infections skyrocket

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President Joe Biden promised a “summer of joy” on July 4 as he declared America’s independence from COVID-19. Three weeks later that sense of victory is evaporating in the face of a resurgent pandemic.

The U.S. now faces a surge in cases fueled by vaccine holdouts and the highly transmissible delta variant, prompting the federal ...Read more

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Infrastructure committees ask: What about us?

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As bipartisan Senate negotiators continue marathon talks on an infrastructure package that includes $579 billion in new spending, a concern among committees and committee staff has grown: Where are our voices?

They say they’ve been cut out of negotiating on issues in their areas of jurisdiction, and it’s led to confusion and occasional hard...Read more

Blinken sets humble tone in Asia as US aims to rebuild ties

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The latest swing of senior U.S. officials through Asia indicates the Biden administration is taking a humbler tone in the region than the former president, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken noting that every democracy was a “work in progress.”

On his first official visit to India, Blinken sought common ground with New Delhi in ...Read more

Minnesota broke the record for most murders reported in 2020; violent crime and bias reports also high

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MINNEAPOLIS — Violent crime increased dramatically last year across Minnesota, which saw a record number of murders, the highest number of bias crimes in 15 years and a record number of assaults against on-duty police officers.

The number of murders hit 185 last year, up 58% from 117 in 2019, according to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension ...Read more

Singapore braces for a leap of faith in its COVID strategy

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Singapore is aiming for a feat no country has achieved so far: reopen to the world and emerge from the pandemic with a death toll still in the double digits.

While the U.S. and U.K. have plowed headlong into reopening their economies, their failure to contain the virus early on resulted in hundreds of thousands of fatalities. Vaccine hesitancy ...Read more

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A former schoolteacher who champions the poor, Peru's new president takes office amid deep divisions

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LIMA — It was one of the most improbable electoral victories in recent Latin American political history.

Pedro Castillo, a 51-year-old former rural elementary school teacher who has never held office, won the presidency of Peru in a race so close and so disputed that it took election authorities six weeks to confirm the results.

Now the left...Read more

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Federal agency that oversees 9/11 health program warns law firms not to engage in fraud

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WASHINGTON — The World Trade Center Health Program, a federal agency that oversees the 9/11 health care and compensation, is warning law firms that work with sick survivors and responders to follow the law themselves as the deadline to seek compensation goes into effect on July 29.

According to letters obtained by the Daily News, the health ...Read more