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Federal officials reverse limits on fetal tissue research

Apr. 16, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

Federal officials on Friday reversed Trump administration restrictions on using human fetal tissue for medical research. The changes clear the way for using government money on work that in the past has led to treatments for a variety of diseases, including COVID-19. ...

California high court: Judges must weigh ability to pay bail

Mar. 25, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that judges must consider suspects’ ability to pay when they set bail, essentially requiring that indigent defendants be freed unless they are deemed too dangerous to be released awaiting trial. ...

Health centers receive $77.5 million to care for underserved

Mar. 25, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Twenty community health centers in Mississippi will receive around $77.5 million in April to support COVID-19 vaccination and other services for vulnerable populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday. Community...

Biden taps VP Harris to lead response to border challenges

Mar. 25, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House effort to tackle the migration challenge at the U.S. southern border and work with Central American nations to address root causes of the problem. Biden made the...

Lawmakers: Require nursing homes to disclose vaccine data

Mar. 25, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing homes have to publicly disclose their vaccination rates for flu and pneumonia but there’s no similar mandate for COVID-19 shots, even though the steepest toll from the virus has been among residents of long-term care facilities. Now lawmakers...

California governor chooses progressive lawmaker as top cop

Mar. 24, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated a progressive Filipino American state assemblyman as California's next attorney general Wednesday, ensuring a push from the top for criminal justice reform and other liberal priorities in the nation's most populous state. ...

Biden taps VP Harris to lead response to border challenges

Mar. 24, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House effort to tackle the migration challenge at the U.S. southern border and work with Central American nations to address root causes of the problem. Biden made the...

Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

Mar. 23, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate last week, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the hatred aimed at Asian Americans that's increased during the pandemic. A day later, a gunman shook the Atlanta area by killing eight people, including...

Becerra visits Nevada, stumps for pandemic aid and Obamacare

Mar. 23, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In his first trip since being confirmed, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited Nevada on Tuesday to talk up the Affordable Care Act and efforts underway to expand coverage and reduce the cost of health care. The...

Biden expands 'Obamacare' by cutting health insurance costs

Mar. 23, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged Tuesday that his $1.9 trillion rescue package would build on the promise of the Affordable Care Act, the hallmark legislation of Barack Obama's presidency that became law 11 years ago. Biden's...