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US automakers pledge huge increase in electric vehicles

Aug. 05, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the U.S. must “move fast” to win the world's carmaking future, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a commitment from the auto industry to produce electric vehicles for as much as half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. Biden...

Biden signs bill awarding medals to Jan. 6 first responders

Aug. 05, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden paid tribute to law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection by signing legislation Thursday to award them Congressional Gold Medals for their service. Biden thanked the officers for saving the lives of members of Congress...

McConnell: Democrats 'won't get our help' to lift debt limit

Aug. 05, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will oppose raising the federal debt limit if Democrats pursue their $3.5 trillion, 10-year plan to strengthen social and environment programs, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The Kentucky Republican's threat was the...

Governor: Most state workers must be vaccinated or tested

Aug. 05, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Most of Virginia’s state workers will have to be vaccinated or agree to regular COVID-19 testing, under a new requirement Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday. The order will take effect Sept. 1 and will apply to more than 120,000 executive...

The Latest: Maryland announces new vaccination requirements

Aug. 05, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Urging people to “just get the damn vaccine,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced new vaccination requirements for state employees who work in congregant settings with the vulnerable on Thursday — or else face strict face-covering requirements and regular COVID-19...

Richard Trumka, longtime president of AFL-CIO, dies at 72

Aug. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. The federation confirmed Trumka’s death in a statement....

'There are only so many beds': COVID-19 surge hits hospitals

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria. As of midweek, Mississippi had just six open intensive care beds in the entire state. ...

Senators wrapping up $1T infrastructure bill, voting ahead

Aug. 05, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearing decision time, senators are wrapping up work on the bipartisan infrastructure plan and talks were underway Thursday to expedite consideration of the nearly $1 trillion proposal, with votes expected in the days ahead. A much anticipated analysis...

Texas governor orders new try at passing GOP voting laws

Aug. 05, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered the Legislature to reconvene for a third time to try to pass a Republican-backed voting restrictions bill that Democratic members blocked by leaving the state nearly a month ago. The announcement, which...

People fleeing Hong Kong crackdown get temporary US haven

Aug. 05, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden granted temporary refuge Thursday to people from Hong Kong amid the Chinese government's effort to crush the pro-democracy movement and tighten its control on a city once known for its freedom. Biden signed a memorandum allowing...