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White House holiday decor honors COVID-19 frontline workers

Nov. 29, 2021 19:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Holiday decorations unveiled Monday for Joe and Jill Biden’s first White House Christmas honor frontline workers who persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses, doctors, teachers, grocery store workers and others are recognized in this year's...

New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

Nov. 29, 2021 17:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic" Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and return to...

High inflation? Low polling? White House blames the pandemic

Nov. 27, 2021 17:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to hire and President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been in free fall. The White House sees a common culprit for it all: COVID-19. Biden’s team views the pandemic as the root cause of both the...

President, VP and spouses assist food kitchen for holiday

Nov. 23, 2021 20:52 PM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, helped a Washington food kitchen prepare Thanksgiving meals for the needy before they left town — like millions of other Americans — to resume their family tradition of spending the holiday on tiny Nantucket island in...

China says 'not aware' of tennis player Peng Shuai issue

Nov. 19, 2021 18:49 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Foreign Ministry stuck to its line Friday that it wasn’t aware of the controversy surrounding Peng Shuai, the tennis professional who disappeared after accusing a former top official of sexually assaulting her. Ministry spokesperson Zhao...

Checkup finds Biden 'vigorous'; Harris briefly in power

Nov. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden remains “healthy” and “vigorous” and fit for duty, but is showing some signs of aging, his doctor said Friday after the oldest president in American history underwent his first routine physical in office and — in a history-making moment —...

Tennis trailblazer: Peng known for her grit on the court

Nov. 19, 2021 17:11 PM EST

Struggling to stay upright as suffocating heat and humidity drained her energy in the U.S. Open semifinals, Peng Shuai refused to give up. She paused between points to clutch at her left thigh and put her weight on her racket as if it were a cane. She leaned against a...

Biden to nominate 2 for US Postal board, oust DeJoy allies

Nov. 19, 2021 15:32 PM EST

President Joe Biden announced plans Friday to nominate two new members to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, a potential first step in removing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. A Trump-era appointee, DeJoy became a political lightning rod during the 2020 elections...

Biden praises Canada, Mexico as leaders discuss strains

Nov. 18, 2021 22:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reviving three-way North American summitry after a five-year break, President Joe Biden on Thursday joined with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to declare their nations can work together and prove “democracies can deliver” even as they sort out differences on key...

Biden: US may not send top dignitaries to Beijing Olympics

Nov. 18, 2021 14:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States was weighing a diplomatic boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing over China's human rights abuses, a move that would keep American dignitaries, but not athletes, from the games. ...