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Health experts have recommended switching to N95 or KN95 face masks as the omicron coronavirus variant — which transmits and evades COVID-19 vaccines more easily than past strains — spreads throughout the United States. But can these higher-quality masks be used more than once? Some experts say yes — with limitations — as long as it’s done safely. Here’s what to know: Reusing N95 and KN95 ...

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CHICAGO — At-home COVID-19 rapid tests will soon be free to many people, following an announcement Monday that President Joe Biden’s administration will require insurance companies to cover their cost. But despite that requirement being slated to take effect Saturday, some details of how it will work remain nearly as scarce as the tests themselves, which have been in short supply in recent ...

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to require that most workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. But the justices, in a separate decision, upheld a smaller and more targeted regulation that will require workers in hospitals and nursing facilities to be vaccinated. This rule, once put into effect, is expected to cover about 17 ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that “we’re all frustrated” with the ongoing pandemic as he announced additional federal support to help Americans navigate the omicron wave. The military is deploying medical personnel to several states to help reinforce strained hospitals, following through on a plan that Biden outlined last month. In addition, Biden said his ...

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WASHINGTON — Democrats’ strategy to begin a Senate debate on voting rights began to crumble Thursday when two key moderates reiterated their support for keeping the filibuster, another Democrat quarantined with COVID-19 and President Joe Biden expressed doubt that landmark legislation would land on his desk anytime soon. A day that began with momentum for Senate Democrats soon devolved into ...

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WASHINGTON — Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc., Twitter Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube and Reddit Inc. are being subpoenaed to turn over posts, videos and other material to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the panel’s chairman announced Thursday. In letters released Thursday, committee Chair Bennie Thompson said the companies provided “inadequate ...

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The U.S. said Russia must decide if it’s interested in resolving a standoff over Ukraine or is seeking a pretext to invade, as a second round of talks over the crisis concluded without a clear path forward. “There was no commitment to deescalate,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters after a NATO meeting with Russia on Wednesday, using sharper language than she did after ...

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WASHINGTON — The Jan. 6 select committee is asking House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to voluntarily provide information to the panel, including about communications he had with former President Donald Trump on the day of the riot and Trump’s state of mind following the attack. The committee wants to know more about the conversations the California Republican had with Trump before, during ...

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday was barreling toward a showdown on voting rights legislation and rules changes, even as Democratic leaders conceded they don’t yet have the numbers to pass any bills or change the rules to circumvent a GOP filibuster. “We’re not there yet,” Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters Wednesday morning. “I wouldn’t want to delude ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration came under fire for its pandemic response and communications as the omicron variant continues to drive U.S. COVID-19 cases. Conflicting guidance on issues such as boosters and testing have left the public confused about how best to protect themselves, Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and ...