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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...

Automakers pledge to increase U.S. electric vehicle sales

Aug. 05, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the U.S. must “move fast” to win the carmaking future, President Joe Biden on Thursday touted a commitment from the auto industry to make electric vehicles up to half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. Biden wants automakers to raise...

Graham says he's told Trump to 'speak up' on COVID vaccines

Aug. 05, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which the South Carolina Republican called “the antidote to the...

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

Aug. 05, 2021 16:14 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...

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....

US to probe Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

Aug. 05, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday said it was launching a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness. The investigation into the City of...

Data used for drawing districts to be released next week

Aug. 05, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

After a delay of more than four months caused by the pandemic, data from the 2020 census used for drawing congressional and legislative districts will be released next week, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The bureau will publicize the data next Thursday, Aug. 12,...

House lawmaker suing Pelosi over mask rule says he has COVID

Aug. 05, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Rep. Ralph Norman, one of the three congressional Republicans suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi over fines for not wearing masks during a vote on the U.S. House floor, has contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19, the second member of South Carolina's delegation to do so. ...

US plans to require COVID-19 shots for foreign travelers

Aug. 05, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking the first steps toward requiring nearly all foreign visitors to the U.S. to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official said. The requirement would come as part of the administration’s phased approach...

Progressives see blueprint for next fights in eviction win

Aug. 05, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rare clash this week between the Biden administration and congressional Democrats over a lapsed eviction moratorium could become a blueprint for even larger fights that lie ahead. Finding allies in congressional leadership, a new generation of...

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Mississippi lawmakers gather info on redistricting puzzle

Aug. 05, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are traveling the state to gather ideas about how congressional and legislative districts should look in the coming decade — a series of public hearings that was scheduled before the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. ...

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...

FAA head seeks more prosecution of unruly airline passengers

Aug. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

The nation's top aviation regulator is suggesting that local police around the country should file charges more often against unruly airline passengers and that airports should clamp down on alcohol sales. Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen Dickson said that...

CDC eviction moratorium applies to 5 Vermont counties

Aug. 05, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The extended eviction moratorium mandated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affects five Vermont counties. The order that was issued Tuesday applies to areas of the country experiencing high levels of coronavirus spread. ...

US to probe Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

Aug. 05, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday said it was launching a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness. The investigation into the City of...

Data used for drawing districts to be released next week

Aug. 05, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

After a delay of more than four months caused by the pandemic, data from the 2020 census used for drawing congressional and legislative districts will be released next week, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The bureau will publicize the data next Thursday, Aug. 12,...

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...

Automakers pledge to increase U.S. electric vehicle sales

Aug. 05, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the U.S. must “move fast” to win the carmaking future, President Joe Biden on Thursday touted a commitment from the auto industry to make electric vehicles up to half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. Biden wants automakers to raise...

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

Aug. 05, 2021 16:14 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...

Iran swears in new hard-line president amid regional tension

Aug. 05, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The protégé of Iran’s supreme leader, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as the country's new president during a ceremony in parliament on Thursday, an inauguration that completes hard-liners’ dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic. ...