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White House, business groups tangle over Biden tax increases

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has a simple message for fellow Democrats about his plan to raise taxes to remake large swaths of the American economy: look beyond the bottom line. Biden is trying to persuade Democrats to embrace a more emotional argument, namely that the plan is fair, ...

US marks 20 years since 9/11, in shadow of Afghan war’s end

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years ago, the 11th of September dawned as just a date. By midnight, it was 9/11, the staggering starting point for a new era of terror, war, politics, patriotism and tragedy. The U.S. marks the milestone anniversary Saturday under the pall of a pandemic and in the ...

Biden’s vaccine rules to set off barrage of legal challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's sweeping new vaccine requirements have Republican governors threatening lawsuits. His unapologetic response: "Have at it." The administration is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. But while many details about the rules ...

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC over pandemic fee caps

Three of the nation's largest food delivery companies are suing New York City over a limit on fees it put in place during the pandemic to protect restaurants devastated by the forced closure of their dining rooms. The city has continued to extend those caps even as vaccinations allow more ...

House Dems begin moving parts of Biden $3.5T domestic plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats began pushing plans for providing paid family and medical leave, easing climate change and bolstering education through House committees Thursday as they battled Republicans and among themselves over President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion vision for reshaping ...

Justice Dept. sues Texas over state’s new abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday sued Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions, arguing that it was enacted "in open defiance of the Constitution." The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas, asks a federal judge to declare that the law is invalid, "to ...

Crews end daylong search for 1887 Lee statue time capsule

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Crews in Virginia ended a daylong search Thursday after they were unable to locate a 134-year-old time capsule state officials believe is buried in the pedestal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that towered over Richmond for more than a century. State ...

50 years after Attica uprising, families want apology

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Fifty years after the revolt at the Attica Correctional Facility, unanswered questions still bother those touched by what remains the nation's deadliest prison uprising. What unknown details are buried inside hundreds of pages of records that remain sealed? And will New ...

George Strickler, attorney who fought for civil rights, dies

A civil rights attorney who fought to desegregate Southern schools in the 1960s and was pushed out of his University of Mississippi teaching job amid uproar over his work on behalf of Black clients has died. He was 80. George M. Strickler Jr., died at his New Orleans home on Sept. 2 after a ...

Biden to campaign Monday with Newsom as recall nears end

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will get a boost in the final days of a campaign that is trying to kick him out of office from the nation's most prominent Democrat: President Joe Biden. Biden will join the first-term Democratic governor in the Southern California city ...

EXPLAINER: Texas law gives limited window for abortions

DALLAS (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott, in defending Texas' near-ban on abortions, says women and girls who are raped won't be forced to give birth because the new law "provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion." But that's not how pregnancy works. The Texas law — ...

Report: Air Force women, minorities face harassment and bias

WASHINGTON (AP) — About a third of the female service members in the Air Force and Space Force say they've experienced sexual harassment and many can describe accounts of sexism and a stigma associated with pregnancy and maternity leave, a study released Thursday has found. The review, done ...

US doubles the fine for people who break mask rule on planes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is doubling the fine for people who break the rule requiring masks on planes, trains and other forms of public transit to slow the spread of COVID-19, with President Joe Biden warning Thursday that violators should "be prepared to pay." First-time offenders would ...

US jobless claims reach a pandemic low as economy recovers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 310,000, a pandemic low and a sign that the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant has yet to lead to widespread layoffs. Thursday's report from the Labor Department showed that jobless ...

Los Angeles requires COVID-19 vaccine for students 12 and up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles board of education voted Thursday to require students 12 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend in-person classes in the nation's second-largest school district. The move makes Los Angeles by far the largest of a very small number of ...

Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors — in an all-out ...

Microsoft return to U.S. offices delayed indefinitely

REDMOND, Washington (AP) — Microsoft told employees Thursday that it has indefinitely delayed their return to U.S. offices until it's safer to do so. "Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, we've decided against attempting to forecast a new date for a full reopening of our U.S. work sites," ...

After Ida, small businesses face uncertainty on many fronts

NEW YORK (AP) — A week or more after Ida, business owners from Louisiana to Connecticut are still adding up the financial losses and assessing the physical and emotional toll, grappling to find a way forward. Many say it's difficult to figure out the future when they're unsure of the answers ...

Elizabeth Holmes drawn as villain, underdog as trial begins

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys sketched dueling portraits of fallen Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes as her trial got underway Wednesday, alternatively describing her as a greedy villain who faked her way to the top and as a passionate underdog whose spent years ...

Judge Judy returning to TV in November, with granddaughter

NEW YORK (AP) — Judge Judy Sheindlin is returning to television on Nov. 1 with a new red robe, a granddaughter in tow and the challenge of competing with herself. She announced on Thursday the start date and name of her new show, "Judy Justice," which will be available weekdays on the ...