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What's In Biden's $400 Billion Plan To Support Families' Long-Term Health Needs

There's widespread agreement that it's important to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent as long as possible. But are we prepared to do what's necessary, as a nation, to make this possible?

That's the challenge President Biden has put forward with his bold proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years on home and community-based services — a major part of his $2 trillion infrastructure plan.


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Missouri's Long Fight Over Voting Rules Is Now Part Of A Larger National Battle

The same day last month that Georgia's legislature passed a controversial new voting bill, Missouri's Republican-led House approved one of its own. It would impose strict photo ID and other requirements on voting.


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Betting Big On Electric Vehicles, Biden Faces Fraught Decision On Ga. Battery Plant

President Biden is pushing hard to get more Americans to buy electric vehicles to rein in global warming and spur domestic manufacturing.

The $2 trillion infrastructure plan he is trying to sell to Congress includes about $174 billion to boost electric vehicle sales and production — more than the president proposes spending on roads and bridges.


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Volcano Erupts On Caribbean Island Of St. Vincent As Evacuation Continues

Updated April 9, 2021 at 11:11 AM ET

A volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent has experienced an "explosive eruption," according to officials there, hours after increased activity at the mountain set off a mandatory evacuation of nearby residents.


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Man Indicted For Attacking Officer With Skateboard During U.S. Capitol Riot

A federal grand jury in Washington indicted a Florida man for taking his skateboard to the head of a Metropolitan Police officer during the U.S. Capitol insurrection Jan. 6.

Grady Douglas Owens, 21, was initially arrested on April 1 in Florida. He faces several charges including assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees; obstruction; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.


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Brazil Top Court Orders Probe Of Bolsonaro's Pandemic Steps

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered the Senate on Thursday to investigate the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and the full court ruled that churches can be barred from reopening during the pandemic, threatening to further strain tensions between President Jair Bolsonaro and the judiciary.

The order by Justice Luis Roberto Barroso for a Senate probe came only minutes after the whole court upheld the power of local authorities to prevent churches and other houses of worship from opening.


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Chauvin Trial: George Floyd 'Gradually Succumbed to Lower And Lower Levels Of Oxygen'

Derek Chauvin's defense attorney made little headway with witnesses William Smock, an emergency medicine physician with specialized training in forensic medicine, and Daniel Isenschmid, a forensic toxicologist, on Thursday afternoon.

Both experts agreed with much of what had been said by pulmonary specialist Martin Tobin earlier in the day in the murder trial of Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.


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Amazon Union Election: 'No' Votes Outnumber 'Yes' Votes At End Of 1st Day Of Counting

The hand counting of votes will continue on Friday in a high-profile, high-stakes election that will determine whether Amazon workers in Alabama will form the company's first unionized warehouse in the U.S.

At the end of Thursday, more than two-thirds of the tallied votes were against unionizing, with no votes outnumbering yes votes 1,100 to 463.


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CDC Director Declares Racism A 'Serious Public Health Threat'

Racism is a scourge in American society. It's also a serious public health threat, according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a statement released Thursday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky pointed to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, as seen in case numbers, deaths and social consequence.


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FAQ: What Is A Vaccine 'Passport,' And What Are These Credentials Used For?

Vaccine "passports" are making headlines and eliciting emergency measures by governors in a handful of states.

So what are these credentials, exactly, and what are they used for?

What is a vaccine passport?

It's a credential that can be used to show that a person has been vaccinated. The same technology can be used to show a person's coronavirus test results. It's a way to demonstrate a person's health status, generally through a smartphone app or a QR code that has been printed.


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