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WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill could be held “in a matter of days,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday, as negotiators scrambled to finish writing the legislation.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With U.S. health officials recommending that children mask up in school this fall, parents and policy makers across the nation have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate.

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The Salem Witch Trials are a dark chapter in Massachusetts history. But as shameful as that short passage was — the whole affair lasted about a year — there is a lesson to be drawn from more than four centuries of work to atone for the death of more than two dozen innocent people.

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BOSTON — Massachusetts awarded its first $1 million prize to a vaccinated adult this week in the opening drawing of VaxMillions, a game that aims to persuade the reluctant to get their shots to ward off COVID-19.

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New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation Wednesday as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to restore mandates and others pushed back against the guidelines at a time when Americans are exhausted and confused over constantly shifting …

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. At a briefing by security staff this year, he said he got some advice on how to help keep his cellphone secure.

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VALDOSTA, Georgia – July 22 was a day to celebrate for David Jonathan “D.J.” Davis and his group, the Action Sociology Anthropology Club at Valdosta State University.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was expected to backpedal Tuesday on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging, a federal official said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vote possibly next week.

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years.

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Dr Marc Boom, President & CEO of Houston Methodist hospital, discusses the urgent need to get Americans vaccinated and rising cases of the delta variant.

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- An old blue law has gotten a combover after two upstate lawmakers worked to repeal an archaic ban on Sunday haircuts.

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Just a generation or two ago, Tom Wolfe described the mettle of test pilots turned astronauts as “The Right Stuff.” Now, all one needs to get to outer space is a big pile of green stuff, or perhaps gold.

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A program started by Cullman County veterans to help other veterans get treatment for post-traumatic stress is getting a boost from the state of Alabama.

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Bo Bassett got a hero’s send-off on Glory Drive. The 14-year-old Bishop McCort Catholic student exited his house Wednesday morning to find about 80 supporters lining his driveway, with many waving American flags, wearing “We Bo-lieve” T-shirts and chanting “Let’s go Bo!”

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The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices for U.S. consumers jumped in June by the most in 13 years, evidence that a swift rebound in spending has run up against widespread supply shortages that have escalated the costs of many goods and services.

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CNN's Kate Bolduan speaks with Texas state lawmaker Armando "Mando" Martinez after Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) threatened to arrest Democrats who left the state to break the state House's quorum and block a bill that would make it harder for many Texans to vote.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president, underscoring President Joe Biden’s reluctance to more forcefully curb petroleum production in the face of indust…

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SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities searching for victims of a deadly collapse in Florida said Sunday they hope to conclude their painstaking work in the coming weeks as a team of first responders from Israel departed the site.

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DENVER (AP) — Four people have been arrested and more than a dozen weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition have been seized at a downtown Denver hotel that is close to several events planned in conjunction with the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that "it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely…

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SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — The mangled concrete and twisted rebar from the collapsed high-rise near Miami triggered flashbacks for retired Oklahoma City Fire Chief Greg Marrs, who spent weeks with his crew digging through the rubble of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in 1995.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor sat and seethed with his back on the cage, a temporary cast around his left shin and foot. The biggest star in mixed martial arts was convinced he had just been robbed of revenge on Dustin Poirier by a broken leg.

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Should masks return as delta variant fuels new Covid cases?

The percentage of Texas Covid-19 tests coming back positive is now at levels considered red flags by Gov. Greg Abbott and the Trump administration during the height of the pandemic. State officials and virologists say the highly contagious delta variant is fueling the rise in new cases and hospitalizations, especially among the unvaccinated. The delta variant also is capable of infecting the vaccinated, considered breakthrough infections, although the vaccinated experience only mild cases. Should the public return to pandemic safety measures such as mask wearing in public places?

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