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Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 14, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 14 The Chicago Tribune on the federal pause of administering the Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine: Blood clots in veins...

Immigrant health care is on California Senate's wish list

Apr. 14, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate said Wednesday they want to spend the state's projected multibillion-dollar budget surplus on things such as making college debt-free for students, paying for the health care of some older, low-income adults living in the country...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 14, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 9 The Palm Beach Post on the Florida governor’s banning of COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’: Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is taking a bold step toward...

Proposal in Alabama to up protection for Confederate statues

Apr. 14, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker who disputes that slavery was the cause of the Civil War has proposed fining cities $10,000 a day for taking down Confederate and other longstanding monuments, a bill that drew contentious debate on Wednesday. The House State...

Treasury Department creates office to oversee virus relief

Apr. 14, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has created a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money authorized by Congress to combat the coronavirus-related recession. Officials said Wednesday that the goal is to streamline the...

Mississippi ends license requirements for some beauty jobs

Apr. 14, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi no longer requires professional licenses for people who offer low-risk beauty services, a change that will save residents thousands of dollars and hours of time spent on training. House Bill 1312 was signed by...

Colorado bill aims to improve maternal health care

Apr. 14, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to improve maternal health aimed at bettering pregnancy outcomes for minority women, as the U.S. recognizes Black Maternal Health Week. About 700 women across the country die annually from complications during...

Biden to name Asian American-Pacific Islander liaison

Apr. 14, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday named Erika Moritsugu, a Capitol Hill veteran and vice president of a women’s rights advocacy group, as his liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. In a statement announcing her appointment, the...

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

Apr. 14, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian Parliament member was caught stark naked in a virtual meeting of the House of Commons. William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked...

Big-business pushback against voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation." The letter, published Wednesday in The New York Times and The...