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    With the expected defeat of Democratic voting reform legislation looming on Capitol Hill, lawmakers may turn their attention to a compromise proposal that has attracted the support of marquis names on the Left, including Georgia activist Stacey Abrams. That compromise, however, proposes some election reforms that are more restrictive than those in a recent Georgia law Abrams and other Democrats...
    Michigan to lift restrictions next week; US embassy in Afghanistan locked down amid case surge: Latest COVID-19 updates Pennsylvania Parents Sue School District Over Curriculum Involving Black Lives Matter, Systemic Racism: ‘These Topics Are Anti-Christian’ The basic premise of “The Purge” movie franchise is that a new American government sanctions a one-day event where all crime is legal, resulting...
    By David Shepardson | Reuters WASHINGTON – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it will temporarily suspend importation of dogs from 113 countries classified as high risk for dog rabies effective July 14. The suspension applies to all dogs, including puppies, emotional support dogs, and dogs that traveled out of the United States and...
    (CBS Detroit) — Unemployed people in half of America will soon see a big drop in weekly unemployment benefits. The federal government has been adding $300 per week to unemployment checks since the American Rescue Plan passed in mid-March. That more than doubles the state benefit in some parts of the country. But in recent weeks, 25 states have announced...
    The son of Pakistani immigrants has become the first Muslim federal judge in U.S. history after the Senate voted to confirm him to the post by a vote of 81-16.  Zahid Quraishi's rise to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey was hailed as historic by legal scholars and Muslim groups. But his work for U.S. Immigration...
    (CNN)Only about half of US states still provide daily updates on key Covid-19 metrics -- such as new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations -- a trend that worries some public health experts. Two of the largest scale-backs took effect this week, with Florida dropping down to one update per week and Alabama cutting back to two to three updates per...
    Much of the world was forced into lockdown in 2020 to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and although its main objective was to combat the virus, such efforts led to a 'rapid' reduction in air pollution emissions. A newly published study from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) shows harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) decreased globally by 15 percent...
    New laws in several blue states are blocking parents from participating in life-changing medical choices of their pre-teen and older children, such as gender transition surgery, a journalist and author warned on "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday. City Journal reporter Abigail Shrier, author of "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," spoke at length about her findings from Washington state...
    With the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations slowing in the U.S. and lingering concern among some about the Johnson & Johnson shot and a link to rare blood clots, a top White House official is urging governors to consult with the FDA about doses that may be approaching an expiration date.  According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data,...
    Q: I’m sure you have heard from others on this subject. But having to drive around a disabled person for 4½ years, I couldn’t keep quiet. An occupational therapist named Susan Lillie commented on handicap placards. She really does not know what she’s talking about. I believe it is legal to leave the disabled person in the car. I would...
    (CNN)As the US may miss a vaccination goal set by President Joe Biden for July 4, officials are warning against complacency and states are ramping up measures to encourage reluctant residents to get the Covid-19 vaccine.About 1.4 million new doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered since Thursday, boosting the seven-day average of doses administered back to just over 1...
    SOME states are offering people up to $2,000 to return to work after the Covid-19 pandemic led to mass unemployment in the US. As more than 20 states are doing away with an extra $300 per week unemployment benefit, some are offering people cash if they can land a job. 3Some states are offering cash bonuses to unemployed people who...
    (CNN)Politicians like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and others shouldn't liken contemporary events to the Holocaust because such comparisons cheapen the horrific magnitude of the genocide of 6 million Jews, historians and advocacy groups say."The Holocaust was a unique event in human history, encompassing evils so great it is nearly indescribable," said Amy Lutz, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Kaplan...
    WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – After being told a COVID-19 vaccination qualifies Coloradans to win one of five different $1 million prizes, many asked how the state knows who is eligible. Colorado health officials and Gov. Jared Polis said the state has a database to track adults who are currently vaccinated. (credit: CBS) However, as Coloradans started researching their own...
    The Biden administration says many American citizens holding recently expired U.S. passports will be allowed to return home from abroad on that document until the end of year. Citing delays in passport renewals caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department said certain passports that expired on or after Jan. 1, 2021, will be honored for reentry into the United...
    Children hold signs in support of renewing Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Central America and Haiti, in Miami in November 2017.AP Photo/Lynne Sladky Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Haitian immigrants currently living in the United States will be able to...
    (AP) — Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod had no luck persuading her colleagues in the Colorado Legislature to ban police from using chokeholds after the death of a 23-year-old Black man in suburban Aurora in 2019. She couldn’t gather enough support to even introduce a police reform bill that included a ban. That changed when George Floyd died after being pinned...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Doctors Mark Ghaly and Erica Pan have led California’s battle against COVID-19, but they both are also parents and on Saturday shared what they have been telling their children about the importance of getting vaccinated. Currently, children as young as 12 can receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination in California. READ MORE: Santa Clara County...
    President Joe Biden made brief comments about hate crimes against Asian-Americans during his press conference with South Korean president Moon Jae-in Friday, a day after he signed the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. “Yesterday I had the honor of signing into law the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, to help Americans of Asian descent from having to live in fear...
    SOME Americans could be sent a fourth $500 stimulus check as individual states look to send payments. Governor Roy Cooper proposed the extra cash for North Carolina residents this week, as Americans are calling for a fourth stimulus check. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 3Some Americans could receive a fourth stimulus checkCredit:...
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey talks to reporters after meeting with then-President Donald Trump at the White House on April 3, 2019.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images Some states are paying one-time bonuses up to $2,000 to unemployed workers who accept a job. It's part of a broader strategy to address a perceived labor shortage, though some economists are skeptical the approach...
    More than 3.5 million Americans could lose at least some — and in many cases all — of their federal unemployment benefits starting next month, as a growing number of Republican governors have announced they will end their states' participation in the federal programs as coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease.  But some progressives are calling on the Biden administration to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As the mask mandate lifts for vaccinated New Yorkers in most places, some say they aren't ready to drop the mask until more people get vaccinated.In Texas, there's even more confusion and frustration.Governor Gregg Abbott signed an executive order after the state recorded zero COVID deaths for the first day in more than a year.It says...
    Connecticut, Oklahoma and Montana are dangling an offer to persuade jobless workers collecting enhanced unemployment benefits during the pandemic to get back to work pronto: Cash bonuses for people who return to full-time jobs.  Connecticut said on Monday it would award $1,000 to 10,000 jobless workers who find full-time work and hold the job for at least eight weeks. Oklahoma,...
    Hispanolistic Depending on where you live, cash or other financial aid from your state could be coming your way. As the U.S. economy continues recovering from the pandemic, some states are using (or plan to use) extra money in their budgets to either send out stimulus-type payments, provide tax cuts or otherwise give relief to their residents. This is in...
    STARBUCKS has joined Disney World as the latest company to allow fully vaccinated customers to ditch masks in some states. The move comes days after the CDC released new mask guidelines stating that vaccinated people did not need masks outdoors or indoors. 4Starbucks has relaxed mask regulations where local guidelines permit itCredit: Getty 4Disney World will also be allowing...
    Depending on state guidelines, Costco will no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear masks inside its stores following the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a press release to membership. “Based on this new guidance regarding vaccine effectiveness, beginning May 14, 2021, we are modifying our policy regarding face coverings in some...
    Nearly 2 million Americans could lose at least some — and in many cases all — of their federal unemployment benefits starting next month, as a growing number of Republican governors have announced they will end their states' participation in the federal programs as coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease.  But some progressives are calling on the Biden administration to find...
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (CBS4) — Two weeks before the traditional start of the tourism season on Memorial Day, many foot trails inside the burn areas of the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires are still off-limits. Rocky Mountain National Park officials indicated Wednesday that a number of them will stay that way through the entire season. READ MORE: Seven...
    LOS ANGELES - The two most populous states in the United States, California and Texas, have long competed to attract companies and talent. Data from the 2020 U.S. census show that Texas is drawing more people, including Californians. Texans have a saying: "Everything is bigger in Texas." By size, it is the largest state in the contiguous U.S. There are many reasons why the state's population is also getting...
    Police body camera footage is under new scrutiny following a judge’s ruling in North Carolina limiting the portions of video that can be seen by the family members of Andrew Brown Jr., who was fatally shot by an officer last month. With no federal requirements on releasing police videos, states often differ in their approach to making the footage publicly...
    TAMPA (CBSMiami) —  Florida gas prices have increased 10 cents in the last week, in response to crude oil and gasoline futures price gains. The state average is now $2.88 per gallon; 3 cents less than the highest price so far this year. Now there’s a threat of even higher prices as the country’s largest pipeline – for refined products like...