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Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot after authorization

Sep. 27, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden joked about his age Monday as he rolled up his sleeve for a COVID-19 booster shot, encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against the virus that has killed 688,000 in the U.S. and for those authorized to get their booster doses for more enduring...

Biden rule to shield 'Dreamers' seeks to bypass Congress

Sep. 27, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy’s legality. The...

Crucial time for Biden's huge government-reshaping bill

Sep. 27, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free pre-kindergarten and child care subsidies for families with small children. Dental care and hearing aids for seniors with Medicare. Infrastructure improvements in every state. There's a lot in President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion...

State Dept. spokesman tests positive for COVID-19 after UNGA

Sep. 27, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department spokesman Ned Price has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be self-quarantining for the next 10 days. Price, who is vaccinated, said he tested positive for coronavirus on Monday morning after returning from New York, where he...

US officials: Biden aide to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen

Sep. 27, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom and Houthi rebels in Yemen. ...

Gen. Milley: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

Sep. 27, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, firestorms have ignited around him — unusual for an officer who by law is...

Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans proposed redrawn congressional maps Monday that would shore up their slipping dominance and bolster their nearly two dozen U.S. House members, while adding new districts in booming Austin and Houston. Texas was the big winner in...

US-Russia set 2nd round of strategic talks under Biden admin

Sep. 27, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia will hold their second round of strategic talks later this week as the two sides attempt to resolve myriad differences ranging from nuclear weapons to cyberspace, the State Department said Monday. The department said the...

Biden plan seeks to expand education, from pre-K to college

Sep. 27, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they’re promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from early childhood to college and beyond — in what advocates describe as the most comprehensive package of...

As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head

Sep. 27, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the woman's direct supervisor and the state labor secretary. ...

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The Latest: North Carolina hospital fires unvaccinated staff

Sep. 27, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that more than 175 of its workers have been fired for failing to comply with its COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Last week, Novant Health announced 375 employees had been suspended and given...

Oklahoma-based Devon Energy agrees to $6.15M settlement

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation has agreed to a $6.15 million settlement agreement with the federal government over allegations it underpaid royalties on federal leases, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. The settlement...

State Dept. spokesman tests positive for COVID-19 after UNGA

Sep. 27, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department spokesman Ned Price has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be self-quarantining for the next 10 days. Price, who is vaccinated, said he tested positive for coronavirus on Monday morning after returning from New York, where he...

Critics say Indiana redistricting dilutes minority influence

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Critics on Monday assailed the proposed new Indiana congressional and legislative districts as rigged in favor of Republicans, alleging they dilute the influence of minority voters. More than 20 people spoke against the Republican-drawn redistricting...

Booster shot registration open to 75 and older in Vermont

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

More older Vermonters are eligible to sign up for booster shots against COVID-19 this week. Registration opened Monday for Vermonters ages 75 and older to get the Pfizer vaccine booster. On Wednesday, people 70 and older can start signing up followed by the 65 and older...

Army: Soldier says she was assaulted by Afghan refugees

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

A soldier reported that she was assaulted by a small group of Afghan refugees at a shelter complex set up for the refugees in New Mexico, Fort Bliss officials said. A Fort Bliss statement said the assault happened Sept. 19 at the Fort Bliss Doña Ana County Range Complex...

US aims to relax testing of contaminants at nuke weapon lab

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department wants to switch to less stringent testing for detecting cancer-causing chemicals at and around one of its premier nuclear weapons laboratories despite concerns from environmentalists and New Mexico regulators. The...

Biden rule to shield 'Dreamers' seeks to bypass Congress

Sep. 27, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy’s legality. The...

Company says planned natural gas pipeline won't go forward

Sep. 27, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Construction of a nearly 120-mile-long (193 kilometer) proposed natural gas pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey will not go forward, the group behind the project said Monday. PennEast Pipeline Company, which won a recent...

Earth-monitoring Landsat 9 satellite launches in California

Sep. 27, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a series of U.S. satellites that has recorded human and natural impacts on Earth’s surface for decades was launched into orbit from California on Monday to ensure continued observations in the era of climate change. Landsat 9 was...