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Congress foresees short-term debt fix amid perilous standoff

Oct. 06, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic leaders edged back Wednesday from a perilous standoff over lifting the nation's borrowing cap, with Democratic senators signaling they were receptive to an offer from Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell that would allow an emergency extension into...

EXPLAINER: NLRB memo says college athletes are employees

Sep. 30, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

College athletes who make millions for their schools moved one step closer to gaining the rights afforded private sector workers when the top lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board said in a memo they should be treated as employees of the school. The memo issued on...

University threatens expulsion for unvaccinated students

Sep. 29, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students at one of New Mexico’s largest public universities will be disenrolled if they don’t comply with a vaccine mandate or opt to get tested regularly. The move is part of the University of New Mexico’s policy for having all students...

US military aid to Egypt released despite rights concerns

Sep. 14, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is releasing nearly $200 million in military aid to Egypt but will hold back millions more over human rights concerns, the State Department said Tuesday in an announcement quickly criticized by rights groups and some lawmakers. ...

US senators warn against Iranian fuel shipments to Lebanon

Sep. 01, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A delegation of four U.S. senators said Wednesday that America is looking to help Lebanon overcome fuel shortages that have paralyzed the country. But they warned the import of Iranian oil into the crisis-hit country could have “severely damaging consequences.” ...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Aug. 28, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Blinken; Fauci;...

Biden team surprised by rapid Taliban gains in Afghanistan

Aug. 15, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials were stunned on Sunday by the pace of the Taliban's nearly complete takeover of Afghanistan, as the planned withdrawal of American forces urgently became a mission to ensure a safe evacuation. The speed...

Concerns over US terror threats rising as Taliban hold grows

Aug. 15, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s top general said Sunday that the United States could now face a rise in terrorist threats from a Taliban-run Afghanistan. That warning comes as intelligence agencies charged with anticipating those threats face new questions after the U.S.-backed Afghan...

Connecticut likely to reap billions from infrastructure bill

Aug. 10, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is poised to receive billions of dollars in additional federal transportation funding for rail and bus projects, bridge and road repairs, carbon emissions reduction efforts, new electric vehicle charging stations and other initiatives under the $1 trillion...

Lawmakers debate repealing Saddam-era war measures on Iraq

Aug. 03, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

The Biden administration encouraged lawmakers on Tuesday to finally repeal an authorization for military action in Iraq crafted when Saddam Hussein was still alive, rejecting Republican arguments it would further signal to Iran that the U.S. is retreating from the Middle East. ...