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Senate to debate COVID-19 bill this week after Democrats retreat on minimum wage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will start debating President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday after Democrats backed down from an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 as part of it. Learn More


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California reaches deal to fund school reopening for youngest children

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's governor said on Monday he and Democratic lawmakers had reached a deal to fund the reopening of schools for students up to second grade, as the numbers of new COVID-19 cases in the state and country drop to their lowest this year. More »


Strong winds could cause power outages on U.S. East Coast

(Reuters) - Damaging winds are expected to thrash the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and New England on Monday and into Tuesday, potentially blowing down trees and electrical lines and causing widespread power outages, forecasters said. More »


Fauci says U.S. must stick to two-shot strategy for Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines: paper

(Reuters) - The United States must stick to a two-dose strategy for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, top U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci told the Washington Post newspaper. More »


Scheduling COVID vaccinations is still too tough in certain places: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Monday that scheduling coronavirus vaccination appointments remains too difficult in many places. More »


U.S. faces 'unprecedented assault on democracy,' White House says, backing election reform bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration backed Democrats' efforts to overhaul voting rules and turn over the process of drawing congressional districts to independent commissions on Monday, weighing in on a political fight that is likely to dominate Washington in coming years. More »


New U.S. COVID-19 cases hit plateau after steep drops

(Reuters) - The United States reported a 3% decline in new cases of COVID-19 last week, a much smaller drop than in the previous six weeks, and health officials warned that progress against the global pandemic was stalling. More »


U.S. Senator Mitt Romney recovering after fall that led to a 'lot of stitches'

(Reuters) - Republican Senator Mitt Romney said on Monday that he was recovering after a fall over the weekend that knocked him unconscious and led to "a lot of stitches." More »


New York Governor Cuomo hires defense lawyer in nursing home probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has retained a prominent white-collar criminal defense lawyer to represent his office in a federal investigation into the state's misreporting of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, a spokesman said on Monday. More »


U.S. Supreme Court to examine Puerto Rico's exclusion from benefits program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide the legality of a decades-old congressional decision to exclude Puerto Rico from a federal program that provides benefits to low-income elderly, blind and disabled people. More »


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