Congress approves Dems’ climate, health care bill, a Biden triumph

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Congress gave final approval on Friday to the Democrats’ landmark climate and health care bill.offering President Joe Biden a triumph back from the dead on coveted priorities that the party hopes will bolster their chances of retaining their House and Senate majorities in November’s election. The House used a 220-207 … Read more

CDC drops quarantine and distancing recommendations for COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines on Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans self-quarantine if they come into close contact with an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet from others. The changes, … Read more

Biden leaves the White House for the first time since being diagnosed with COVID-19

REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware — Ending his latest COVID-19 isolation, President Joe Biden left the White House on Sunday for the first time since being infected with the coronavirus last month, settling in for a meeting with First Lady Jill Biden in their home state of Delaware. The president tested negative on Saturday and Sunday, according … Read more

Democrats’ climate, energy and tax bill clears initial Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats began pushing their election-year economic bill through the Senate on Saturday, beginning President Joe Biden’s sweeping collection of priorities on climate, energy, health care and taxes on a path through Congress that the party hopes will end in victory by the end of this week. As a preview of the strongly … Read more

Minnesota jury: A woman was not entitled to the morning after pill

AITKIN, Minn. — A jury ruled Friday that a central Minnesota pharmacist did not violate a woman’s rights when he refused to provide her with emergency contraceptives more than three years ago. Andrea Anderson, a McGregor mother of five, sued under Minnesota human rights law after the pharmacist, because of his religious beliefs, refused to … Read more

The Democrats’ Big Pack: What’s Left and What’s Out?

WASHINGTON (AP) — This is a far cry from the $4 trillion proposal President Joe Biden first floated to rebuild America’s public infrastructure. and family support systems but the compromise package on health care against inflation, climate change and deficit reduction strategies looks on track for Senate votes this weekend. The proposal estimated at 740 … Read more

Indiana lawmakers vote to uphold exceptions to abortion ban

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A deeply divided Indiana House voted Thursday to uphold rape or incest exceptions in a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. The Republican-dominated House voted 61 to 39 to reject an amendment that would have removed those exceptions, with the majority of GOP members wanting them removed. The … Read more

Democrats say they have reached an agreement on the economic package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats agreed to last-minute changes to their flagship economic legislation, they announced Thursday night, removing the biggest roadblock to advancing one of the president’s top election-year priorities. Joe Biden across the room in the next few days. Centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, seen as pivotal vote in the 50-50 chamber, said … Read more

Brittney Griner trial: Verdict expected Thursday

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — An emotional Brittney Griner apologized in a Russian court on Thursday as her drug possession trial drew to a close on Thursday, and a prosecutor urged the American basketball star to be recognized guilty and sentenced to 9 and a half years in prison in a case that has reached the … Read more

Alex Jones admits Sandy Hook attack was ‘100% real’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Wednesday that he now understood it was irresponsible of him to declare the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a hoax and that he now believed it was “100% real”. Speaking a day after the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 attack testified to … Read more