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ORLANDO, Fla. — Authorities on Wednesday said they found partial, unidentified human remains along with a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie at a Florida park near where his vehicle was found. “These items were found in an area that up until recently had been underwater,” said FBI Tampa special agent Michael McPherson at a news conference from the Myakkahatchee Creek ...

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a broad path for millions more Americans to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as the nation looks to bolster its defenses and prevent another virus surge. The agency said in a statement Wednesday that Moderna Inc. vaccine recipients 65 and over can receive a third shot, as can adults 18 and up who are at high risk of severe COVID or with ...

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Scammers have bilked American consumers out of more than $586 million through fraud schemes inspired by the global COVID-19 pandemic. From the start of October 2020 through Oct. 14, 2021, Americans filed more than 269,000 fraud complaints related to coronavirus, according to the most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission. The daily average number of reports peaked at 2,100 in April, ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will begin shipping vaccines for kids age 5 to 11 as soon as next week, and shots could start going into arms the week after. President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response team held a news briefing Wednesday to detail their plan for vaccinating younger children, a long-awaited but logistically complex milestone, the success of which could hinge on efforts to ...

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WASHINGTON — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote Tuesday night to hold former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in contempt for not cooperating with its inquiry, a significant escalation in its efforts to get answers about the insurrection from the firebrand political operative. The vote comes as the House panel is running into stiff ...

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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats made significant headway in breaking their stalemate on President Joe Biden’s economic agenda Tuesday by jettisoning or trimming portions of the multitrillion-dollar tax and spending package. The progress came after Biden met with representatives of both wings of the party at the White House on Tuesday and as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put ...

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WASHINGTON — Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry was indicted Tuesday on three felony charges of concealing information and lying to federal authorities who were investigating illegal contributions made to his 2016 reelection campaign at a Los Angeles fundraiser. Fortenberry is due Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to appear for his arraignment. Fortenberry, the top ...

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WASHINGTON — The White House reiterated Tuesday its guidance to Americans not to visit Haiti, noting that a State Department warning against travel to the Caribbean nation is at its highest level as U.S. law enforcement grapples with a hostage crisis there involving 16 Americans. Gang members who abducted the American missionaries and one Canadian national over the weekend outside of ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday asked the Supreme Court to intervene and suspend a Texas law that has banned most abortions there. The Justice Department filed an emergency appeal that asks the justices to put the Texas law on hold and to eventually declare it unconstitutional. The move, while expected, sets the stage for an another battle over abortion before a more ...

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MIAMI — The abduction of 16 American missionaries and one Canadian in Haiti by a notorious armed gang known for extorting businesses and ransoming kidnapped victims catapulted the Caribbean nation’s insecurity crisis into the global spotlight Sunday as FBI agents arrived in Port-au-Prince to help with negotiations to liberate the hostages. FBI agents arrived on an aircraft chartered by the ...