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Biden Housing Nominee Marcia Fudge Appears Before Senate Banking Panel

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge has a huge job ahead of her, if she's confirmed as the nation's 18th secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Judging from a largely positive hearing Thursday before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, she appears headed for approval.


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General Motors Aims To Be Carbon Neutral By 2040

Automaker General Motors has announced aspirations of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. On the way to that goal, the company hopes to eliminate tailpipe emissions by 2035.


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Judge Blocks Biden Deportation Ban, Jeopardizing Former DACA Recipient

Javier Castillo Maradiaga's fate hangs in the balance, caught between a deportation ban and a temporary restraining order against it.

The 27-year-old former DACA recipient's planned deportation to Honduras early Monday morning had been stopped by President Biden's 100-day moratorium on most removals. He was even transferred from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement staging facility in Alexandria, La., to a facility in New York. But as of Thursday he was back in Louisiana, a point of final departure for many ICE detainees.


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Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Effective, But Less So Against Variant In South Africa

The biotech company Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 89% effective at preventing the illness, according to an interim analysis of a large study conducted in the U.K.

The results come from a clinical trial involving more than 15,000 volunteers, of whom more than a quarter were older than 65.

The company says 62 cases of COVID-19 were seen in the study. Fifty-six occurred in the group that got placebo; six were seen in people who received the vaccine.


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Scientists Identify New Whale Species In Gulf Of Mexico

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe they have identified a new species of whale in the Gulf of Mexico. The Rice's whale is a filter feeder that can grow to 42 feet. It's also critically endangered. There are believed to be fewer than 100 of them left.


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So What Is Short Selling? An Explainer

By now, you've probably heard that an army of amateur investors ganged up on short sellers, causing them painful losses while sending shares of the beleaguered retailer GameStop soaring. You also may be asking, OK, but what is short selling?


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Officer Who Quit Wisconsin Police Job Under Pressure Joins Nearby Sheriff's Dept.

Joseph Mensah, who quit his job as a police officer in Wauwatosa, Wis., after shooting and killing three people in the line of duty over a five-year period, has a new job as a sheriff's deputy. Sheriff Eric Severson of neighboring Waukesha County says multiple authorities concluded Mensah's controversial use of force was both legal and in line with his training.


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After Riot, Acting Capitol Police Chief Calls For Permanent Fencing Around Complex

Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET

The acting U.S. Capitol Police chief is recommending the complex be fitted with permanent fencing to help better secure Congress, as lawmakers and law enforcement officials continue to grapple with fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection by violent pro-Trump extremists.

Yogananda Pittman, who took the helm of the force following the riot, said in a statement Thursday that "vast improvements" were needed for the physical security of the Capitol area to prevent a repeat of the deadly attack earlier this month.


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Sen. Portman Warns Biden Against Going It Alone On COVID-19 Relief

Updated 5 p.m. ET

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican who announced he won't seek reelection in 2022, warned the Biden administration and congressional Democrats not to move forward on a large new round of coronavirus relief legislation without GOP support, saying such a move "poisons the well."


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'There Are A Lot Of Questions': Arizona GOP Faces Concerns About Party Elections

The chair of Arizona's Republican Party has been a leading voice for false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Now Kelli Ward faces questions from her fellow Republicans about the state party's recent election of party leaders, and possibly her own reelection as party chair.


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