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Trump-backed Stefanik wins vote to join House Republican leadership

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives elected Donald Trump's candidate Elise Stefanik to their leadership, succeeding Liz Cheney, who they ousted earlier this week for criticizing the former president's continued false claims of election fraud. Learn More


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Go maskless? Some Americans skeptical of new guidelines, other say it's high time

WASHINGTON/LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) -New U.S. guidance allowing people to go without masks in most places provided one more topic of disagreement among Americans who have found little common ground throughout the pandemic. More »


'U.S. Welcome Patrol': how some border agents are struggling with Biden's policy shift

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some U.S. border patrol agents are so frustrated with President Joe Biden's more liberal border policies that they are considering early retirement, while other disgruntled colleagues are buying unofficial coins that say 'U.S. Welcome Patrol.' More »


U.S. federal parks, buildings will not require masks for vaccinated -U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this week means that fully vaccinated staff, contractors and visitors no longer need masks in federal buildings or on federal lands, according to an official with the Office of Management and Budget familiar with the situation. More »


Ohio city reaches $10 million settlement over police killing of Andre Hill

(Reuters) -The city of Columbus, Ohio said on Friday that it reached a $10 million settlement with the family of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man fatally shot in December by a police officer who was subsequently fired and indicted. More »


Walmart says fully vaccinated employees can go without masks starting Tuesday

CHICAGO (Reuters) -Walmart said on Friday that fully vaccinated employees will not need to wear a mask at work starting Tuesday, following the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More »


Biden appoints Neera Tanden, former pick for budget director, as senior adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has appointed Neera Tanden, who withdrew from consideration to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget after strong opposition from Republicans, to be a senior adviser, the White House said on Friday. More »


Factbox-How U.S. states and cities are responding to new federal mask guidance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can mostly avoid wearing them indoors. More »


U.S. restaurant association to nix indoor mask suggestion per CDC

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The U.S. National Restaurant Association will remove a suggestion from its operating guidance for restaurants that says fully vaccinated people should still wear masks indoors, following new advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday. More »


U.S. judge puts ruling overturning eviction ban on hold

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A federal judge on Friday agreed to put on hold her May 5 ruling invalidating the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) nationwide moratorium on residential evictions pending the Justice Department's appeal. More »


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