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2022-05-23 20:43:04
by Dan McCue
House Panel to Investigate Cawthorn Tie to Crypto, Alleged Relationship With Staffer

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it has begun an investigation into allegations Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C.,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it has begun an investigation into allegations Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., improperly promoted a cryptocurrency and engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” with a member of his staff. The committee did not... Read More

2022-05-23 20:40:24
by Tom Ramstack
Bank of America Loses Effort to Dismiss Investor’s Lawsuit

WASHINGTON — A federal court ruled last week that Bank of America can be sued over an investment manager’s decision... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal court ruled last week that Bank of America can be sued over an investment manager’s decision to sell a customer’s stock in what appears to be a sign of the times as the U.S. economy tilts... Read More

2022-05-23 20:26:22
by Dan McCue
State Court Approves Controversial CD Map for New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state court judge formally approved a controversial new congressional map Friday night, ratifying a map that... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state court judge formally approved a controversial new congressional map Friday night, ratifying a map that could prove costly to Democrats while forcing two of the state’s most prominent House members to square off against each... Read More

2022-05-23 20:24:49
by Tom Ramstack
Leak of Employee Survey to Media Prompts DC Courts Investigation

WASHINGTON — The federal judiciary in Washington, D.C., is investigating how embarrassing results of an employee survey were leaked to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The federal judiciary in Washington, D.C., is investigating how embarrassing results of an employee survey were leaked to the media recently. The confidential survey revealed that some employees of U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals... Read More

2022-05-23 17:15:49
by Reece Nations
Federal Judge Postpones Planned End to Title 42 Expulsions

LAFAYETTE, La. — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from letting Title 42 expire as... Read More

LAFAYETTE, La. — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from letting Title 42 expire as it was originally planned to do this week. District Judge Robert Summerhays of the U.S. District Court for Western Louisiana... Read More

2022-05-20 19:58:29
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Tries to Keep Pace With Electric Vehicle Market

WASHINGTON — Automobile industry advocates suggested on Friday that Congress act quickly to secure a U.S. role in manufacturing electric... Read More

WASHINGTON — Automobile industry advocates suggested on Friday that Congress act quickly to secure a U.S. role in manufacturing electric vehicles before the opportunity slips away to foreign competitors. They testified at a congressional hearing in Pontiac, Michigan, where automobile... Read More

Wall Street, Global Markets Bounce Back on China's Rate Cut

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street pointed toward gains before the opening bell Friday after a surprise interest rate cut... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street pointed toward gains before the opening bell Friday after a surprise interest rate cut from China lowered, at least temporarily, the anxiety over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Futures for the Dow... Read More

2022-05-19 19:13:37
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Rule Cracks Down on Foreign Robocalls

WASHINGTON — Americans will soon get fewer robocalls from abroad because of a new Federal Communications Commission rule.  “Robocalls are... Read More

WASHINGTON — Americans will soon get fewer robocalls from abroad because of a new Federal Communications Commission rule.  “Robocalls are aggravating. What is worse is when we crack down on these junk calls, the scam artists behind them find new... Read More

2022-05-19 18:37:20
by Dan McCue
New York’s State of Mind: BAM! BANG! KRUNCH! KAPOW!

NEW YORK — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In reliably blue New York State, where more than 53%... Read More

NEW YORK — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In reliably blue New York State, where more than 53% of registered voters identify as Democrats, a newly drawn district map was supposed to serve as a bulwark against Republicans... Read More

2022-05-19 17:54:45
by Reece Nations
Showdowns Abound in Texas Primary Runoffs

SAN ANTONIO — Dozens of Texas primary races around the state will be determined in runoff elections held on Tuesday,... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — Dozens of Texas primary races around the state will be determined in runoff elections held on Tuesday, May 24, including those for U.S House seats, Texas Senate and House seats, attorney general, lieutenant governor and local offices.... Read More

A Bear Market May be on the Horizon. Here’s What That Means

NEW YORK (AP) — The bears are rumbling toward Wall Street. The stock market’s skid this year has pulled the... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — The bears are rumbling toward Wall Street. The stock market’s skid this year has pulled the S&P 500 close to what’s known as a bear market. Rising interest rates, high inflation, the war in Ukraine and... Read More

Biden Meets Sweden, Finland Leaders to Talk NATO, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed the leaders of Sweden and Finland to the White House, as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed the leaders of Sweden and Finland to the White House, as he hailed the application of the once-neutral countries to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in response to Russia's invasion of... Read More

2022-05-19 13:33:36
by Dan McCue
Missouri Governor Ratifies State’s New Congressional Districts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed a bill formally revising the boundaries of the state’s... Read More

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed a bill formally revising the boundaries of the state’s eight congressional districts, ending one of the more bitter standoffs of the entire redistricting “season.” "Today, we signed into law... Read More

2022-05-18 23:53:24
by Dan McCue
Federal Agencies Told to Act Quickly to Turn Back Cyberthreat

WASHINGTON — The entity charged with protecting federal agencies from bad cyber actors issued a rare emergency directive Thursday, warning... Read More

WASHINGTON — The entity charged with protecting federal agencies from bad cyber actors issued a rare emergency directive Thursday, warning they should quickly take steps to protect themselves from vulnerabilities found in VMware. VMware is a cloud computing and virtualization... Read More

2022-05-18 22:23:59
by Alexa Hornbeck
CalAIM Launches Program to Reform Housing and Health Care Coverage in California  

A new program launched this year out of California called CalAIM helps high-risk and low-income Medi-Cal residents find affordable housing... Read More

A new program launched this year out of California called CalAIM helps high-risk and low-income Medi-Cal residents find affordable housing through their health insurance plans. The CalAIM program is intended to improve health outcomes of Medi-Cal enrollees, specifically those with... Read More

2022-05-18 22:21:56
by Alexa Hornbeck
Smart Pacifier Provides Non-Invasive Way to Monitor Babies’ Electrolytes in Hospitals

Researchers from Washington State University released a study on Monday regarding their development of a smart pacifier that can be used to... Read More

Researchers from Washington State University released a study on Monday regarding their development of a smart pacifier that can be used to monitor infant health in hospitals. The wireless, bioelectronic pacifier will eliminate the need for invasive, twice-daily blood draws to monitor... Read More

2022-05-18 22:19:51
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO and UNICEF Release Report on Role of Assistive Technologies 

The World Health Organization and UNICEF released a report on Monday that finds more than 2.5 billion people need one or more... Read More

The World Health Organization and UNICEF released a report on Monday that finds more than 2.5 billion people need one or more assistive products, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or apps that support communication and cognition.  Despite the need, nearly 1 billion... Read More

2022-05-18 22:17:57
by Alexa Hornbeck
House Committee Advances Legislation for Medication Access and Training for Opioid Addiction 

During a mark-up session on Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to advance provisions of the Medication Access and Training... Read More

During a mark-up session on Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to advance provisions of the Medication Access and Training Expansion Act, known as the MATE Act. The legislation is designed to ensure controlled medication prescribers have a baseline knowledge of... Read More

2022-05-18 22:15:58
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA Approves First At-Home Test for Detecting COVID, Flu and RSV

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first at-home test that can identify and differentiate multiple respiratory viruses at... Read More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first at-home test that can identify and differentiate multiple respiratory viruses at the same time, detecting influenza A and B, respiratory syncytial virus and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  “While the... Read More

2022-05-18 22:14:09
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows Link Between Arthritis Pain and Mental Health

The Arthritis Foundation released new findings on May 17 showing a link between emotional support and well-being and arthritis pain. The Center... Read More

The Arthritis Foundation released new findings on May 17 showing a link between emotional support and well-being and arthritis pain. The Center for Program Design and Evaluation at Dartmouth College conducted the analysis using data from nearly 27,000 patient responses collected from... Read More

2022-05-18 22:12:12
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA Authorizes Booster Shot for Children Aged 5-11 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday for children as young... Read More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday for children as young as 5 to receive a booster.  Under the EUA, children aged 5-11 are now authorized for a single booster shot... Read More

2022-05-18 22:09:57
by Alexa Hornbeck
Baby Formula Production to Resume at Michigan Plant 

In response to baby formula shortages nationwide, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan issued a consent... Read More

In response to baby formula shortages nationwide, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan issued a consent decree on Monday to allow Abbott Nutrition to restart manufacturing formula at the Sturgis, Michigan, plant within two weeks. The... Read More

2022-05-18 21:49:46
by Dan McCue
Researchers Create Solar Cell With Record Efficiency Rate

GOLDEN, Colo. — Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have created the most efficient solar cell ever made, the... Read More

GOLDEN, Colo. — Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have created the most efficient solar cell ever made, the numbers coming in at a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. Details of the research appear in the May... Read More

2022-05-18 21:10:51
by Tom Ramstack
A Potential Federal Law on Abortion Divides Witnesses Before Congress

WASHINGTON — Abortion supporters and detractors made impassioned pleas before a congressional committee Wednesday while invoking constitutional rights or Biblical... Read More

WASHINGTON — Abortion supporters and detractors made impassioned pleas before a congressional committee Wednesday while invoking constitutional rights or Biblical teachings. The House Judiciary Committee is considering one of several proposals in Congress on whether to enact a federal law... Read More

2022-05-18 18:36:04
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senate Releases FDA Discussion Draft With Reforms for Diagnostic Testing

WASHINGTON — Members from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released a draft of the legislative package to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Members from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released a draft of the legislative package to reauthorize user fee agreements for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, which are set to end on Oct.... Read More

2022-05-18 18:30:20
by Dan McCue
Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Redistricting Maps

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Republican-drawn congressional map that divides a racially diverse portion... Read More

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Republican-drawn congressional map that divides a racially diverse portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area, despite concerns the new district lines will dilute the minority vote. As previously reported... Read More

2022-05-18 17:56:42
by Dan McCue
US Army Leading by Example on Climate Change Adaptation

WASHINGTON — Though its primary mission remains warfighting, the U.S. Army is playing a leading role in an entirely different... Read More

WASHINGTON — Though its primary mission remains warfighting, the U.S. Army is playing a leading role in an entirely different battle — the nation’s response to the challenges of climate change. The scope of this mission is laid out in... Read More

2022-05-18 16:11:26
by Alexa Hornbeck
NAS Members Say US Was Prepared for Pandemic but Lacked Leadership

WASHINGTON — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a two-day workshop this week, during which academy members... Read More

WASHINGTON — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a two-day workshop this week, during which academy members examined the future of the public health emergency enterprise and what exactly went wrong with the U.S. public health response... Read More

2022-05-18 16:07:54
by Alexa Hornbeck
HRSA Prepares Providers for End of Telehealth Flexibilities During COVID-19 PHE

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 public health emergency this week beyond the July... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 public health emergency this week beyond the July 15 expiration to October. The eventual expiration of the declaration will lead to changes in certain flexibilities granted to Medicare... Read More

Paid Family Leave Promotes Health Equity and Improved Public Health

Imagine the terrible stress of having to choose between paying the rent or caring for a sick child, buying heating... Read More

Imagine the terrible stress of having to choose between paying the rent or caring for a sick child, buying heating oil or bonding with your new baby, making a car payment or seeking care after being impacted by family violence.... Read More

Colorado, Nebraska Jostle Over Water Rights Amid Drought

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear... Read More

OVID, Colo. (AP) — Shortly after daybreak on the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Don Schneider tinkers with seed-dispensing gear on a mammoth corn planter. The day’s task: Carefully sowing hundreds of acres of seed between long rows of last... Read More

2022-05-18 09:34:11
by Reece Nations
Cawthorn Ousted as North Carolinians Pick Their November Nominees

RALEIGH, N.C. — Matchups for North Carolina's general elections were revealed late on Tuesday as the state's primary results rolled... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. — Matchups for North Carolina's general elections were revealed late on Tuesday as the state's primary results rolled in. Perhaps the biggest election night surprise came as incumbent GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn conceded the 11th Congressional District race... Read More

Tight Pennsylvania GOP Senate Race; Mastriano Wins Governor Nod

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump's preferred candidate in Pennsylvania's Senate Republican primary was essentially tied with a more traditional... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump's preferred candidate in Pennsylvania's Senate Republican primary was essentially tied with a more traditional rival, while his pick for governor notched a commanding victory Tuesday as the former president worked to expand his hold... Read More

2022-05-18 00:16:29
by Tom Ramstack
UFOs Described at Congressional Hearing as Potential National Security Threat

WASHINGTON — Defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel Tuesday that sightings of "unidentified aerial phenomena" are increasing but they... Read More

WASHINGTON — Defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel Tuesday that sightings of "unidentified aerial phenomena" are increasing but they could not explain why. They don’t know where they come from or how the ultra-fast flying discs stay in the... Read More

2022-05-18 00:15:10
by Dan McCue
White House Loosens Travel, Other Rules on Cuba

WASHINGTON  — The White House plans to increase authorized travel to Cuba, encouraging commercial opportunities for consumers to buy goods... Read More

WASHINGTON  — The White House plans to increase authorized travel to Cuba, encouraging commercial opportunities for consumers to buy goods from “independent Cuban entrepreneurs,” and reverse the restrictions on remittances — a Trump-era policy — that kept Cuban immigrants from... Read More

2022-05-17 20:49:08
by Madeline Hughes
Report Details ICE Surveillance Dragnet

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system... Read More

WASHINGTON — Weaving together information from public databases and private data brokers, immigration officials have created a vast surveillance system that can be used on nearly any American, regardless of immigration status, according to a new report from Georgetown Law’s... Read More

2022-05-17 16:51:23
by Reece Nations
California Fights Inflation With Relief Package, Minimum Wage Bump 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians are getting help addressing the costs of rising inflation through a higher minimum wage and a... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians are getting help addressing the costs of rising inflation through a higher minimum wage and a new relief package proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom. California's minimum wage will rise to $15.50 per hour next year under... Read More

2022-05-17 16:32:48
by Dan McCue
New Memoir by Playwright, Musician Alvin Eng Captures the Heart of the Asian-American Experience

WASHINGTON — You think you know a guy. Many years ago, the playwright and author Alvin Eng and this writer... Read More

WASHINGTON — You think you know a guy. Many years ago, the playwright and author Alvin Eng and this writer were a pair of young rock journalists, honing our craft at numerous small publications around the New York metropolitan area... Read More

Pennsylvania Governor Race Divides Republicans, Unites Dems

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Pennsylvania Republicans prepare to choose a nominee for governor Tuesday, some party officials are twisted... Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Pennsylvania Republicans prepare to choose a nominee for governor Tuesday, some party officials are twisted in knots over the possibility of a primary victory by a candidate many see as too far to the right... Read More

Spanish Government Proposes Wider Abortion Rights, Menstrual Leave

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government approved a draft bill Tuesday that widens abortion rights for teenagers and may make... Read More

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government approved a draft bill Tuesday that widens abortion rights for teenagers and may make Spain the first country in Europe entitling workers to paid menstrual leave. The measures are part of a package of... Read More

As Businesses Struggle, Tariffs Create Avoidable Challenges

The past few years have presented challenges for businesses that would have been unimaginable not long ago. A global pandemic,... Read More

The past few years have presented challenges for businesses that would have been unimaginable not long ago. A global pandemic, unprecedented supply chain disruptions, and now record inflation have all created new obstacles that businesses have had to navigate to... Read More

Arctic Alaska Won’t Solve High Gas Prices, but It Can Help the US Achieve Its Climate Goals

Lobbyists and lawmakers who have enjoyed full careers profiting from oil and gas have — predictably — blamed the Biden... Read More

Lobbyists and lawmakers who have enjoyed full careers profiting from oil and gas have — predictably — blamed the Biden administration for current high prices and have called for a full-scale ramping up of domestic oil and gas leasing and... Read More

2022-05-16 19:47:52
by Tom Ramstack
Mass Shootings Contribute to Calls for Gun Violence Reduction Efforts

WASHINGTON — Denunciations continue this week over two mass shootings during the weekend that also are fueling calls for more... Read More

WASHINGTON — Denunciations continue this week over two mass shootings during the weekend that also are fueling calls for more action to reduce gun violence. A prime example is being considered in Washington, D.C., where gun violence surged during the... Read More

2022-05-16 19:45:11
by Dan McCue
Sen. Cruz Victorious in Campaign Finance Case

WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Ted Cruz. R-Texas, has prevailed in his Supreme Court challenge to a provision of federal campaign law,... Read More

WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Ted Cruz. R-Texas, has prevailed in his Supreme Court challenge to a provision of federal campaign law, but in dissent at least one justice believes the ruling "can only bring this country's political system into further disrepute."... Read More

Energy Research and Solutions Depend on All Available Resources

Recent articles and reviews seem to be drawing more attention to a rising concern for universities and the fossil fuel... Read More

Recent articles and reviews seem to be drawing more attention to a rising concern for universities and the fossil fuel companies that continue to provide significant resources for energy and climate research efforts. In deference to researchers who depend on... Read More

2022-05-16 18:10:43
by Madeline Hughes
US and EU Collaborate to Help Ukraine, Reassure Supply Chains

PARIS — A newly formed European-American alliance is helping fight the war in Ukraine. The U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council... Read More

PARIS — A newly formed European-American alliance is helping fight the war in Ukraine. The U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council first met last fall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and had its second meeting Monday in Paris. Much of the attention was... Read More

2022-05-16 16:05:05
by Kate Michael
Countries Negotiating First Legally Binding Global Agreement to End Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop... Read More

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop accepting 24 kinds of plastic scrap import waste from foreign countries was undoubtedly a spark that ignited 175 countries of... Read More

2022-05-16 16:03:02
by Dan McCue
New Democrat Coalition Celebrates 25th Year

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition, the largest Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, turns 25 this week; an... Read More

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition, the largest Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, turns 25 this week; an anniversary that coincides with but by no means caps, a very busy and effective year for the group. At the... Read More

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