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Utah, in break with states tightening coronavirus restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving, relaxes gathering limits

Two groups of eligible 9/11 survivors, families face deadline to register with Victim Compensation Fund

Two groups of eligible 9/11 survivors, families face deadline to register with Victim Compensation Fund

Thursday marks the last day that two eligible groups of people can register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) based on previously diagnosed illnesses related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Families of 9/11 survivors who died before July 29, 2019, due to an illness resulting from their exposure to toxins at…

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CDC yet to release COVID data behind mask reversal

CDC yet to release COVID data behind mask reversal

More than a day after issuing new guidance that vaccinated people should wear masks indoors – recommendations that are likely to affect millions of Americans in the form of private and public mask mandates – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to release the data behind its decision.  The lack of clarity on what exactly the…

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Biden, Harris unveil strategies to address ‘root causes’ of immigration

GOP reps say Biden admin downplaying border crisis only 'empowers bad actors'

The Biden administration on Thursday rolled out its strategies to address the root causes of immigration, a step officials call a “core component” of efforts to establish a “fair, orderly, and humane immigration system.”  President Biden, in March, tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s diplomatic efforts to address the “root causes” of migration from El Salvador,…

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Bitcoin price hovers around $40,000

Bitcoin price hovers around $40,000

Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., on the Senate Banking Committee’s hearing on cryptocurrency regulation and risks. Bitcoin is slightly higher Thursday morning, trading just below the $40,000 level. The price was around $39,800 per coin, while rivals Ethereum and Dogecoin were trading around $2,290 and 20 cents per coin, respectively, according to Coindesk. CRYPTO CRACKDOWN TO HELP FINANCE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE…

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AOC accused of judging legislation by skin color of its supporters

AOC accused of judging legislation by skin color of its supporters

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the influential New York Democrat, received some backlash over a tweet that showed profile photos of the bipartisan group of senators behind the infrastructure bill that advanced on Wednesday.  Both Democrats and Republicans praised the bill’s momentum. President Biden himself called the day “historic.” But progressives have voiced their opposition and accuse the party of not…

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Postal workers union bristles at Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Postal workers union bristles at Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The influential American Postal Workers Union on Wednesday said, at this point, it opposes a coronavirus vaccine mandate from the Biden administration but encouraged workers to voluntarily take the jabs.  “While the APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we…

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Blinken warns Afghanistan could become ‘pariah state’ if peace not made with Taliban

Blinken warns Afghanistan could become 'pariah state' if peace not made with Taliban

Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday that Afghanistan would become a “pariah state” if a peace deal is not reached between the government and the Taliban.  “An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people would become a pariah state,” Blinken told reporters.  AFGHANISTAN MINISTRY SETS CURFEW…

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Euphoric Philippines, rewards greet Olympic gold winner home

Euphoric Philippines, rewards greet Olympic gold winner home

The rewards, the citations and the nationwide parties are going to have to wait, for a week or so anyway. Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, fresh from winning her country’s first Olympic gold medal in nearly a century at the Tokyo Games, arrived in Manila on Wednesday and was whisked off to a hotel for seven days of quarantine. CLICK…

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NY Gov. Cuomo, whose admin hid nursing home data, says he’s ‘always chosen to do the right thing’

NY Gov. Cuomo, whose admin hid nursing home data, says he's 'always chosen to do the right thing'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he has “always chosen” to do the “right thing” rather than the “political thing,” despite facing repeated accusations of wrongdoing.  “Politicians don’t like to suggest actions that are not popular,” Cuomo said while announcing that state employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing. LEE ZELDIN: GOV. CUOMO ‘ABSOLUTELY’…

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Washington, D.C. mayor announces plan to hire 170 additional police officers amid crime spike

Washington, D.C. mayor announces plan to hire 170 additional police officers amid crime spike

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that she plans to add 170 police officers to the city’s force amid rising violence and several high profile shootings in the city.  “Right now, I have directed MPD to use any overtime necessary to meet our public safety demands,” the Democratic mayor wrote in a statement. The statement noted that Bowser…

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