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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear a major challenge to the reach of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling and decide whether states may bar nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of a pregnancy. The justices said they had voted to hear an appeal from Mississippi that urges the court to “reconsider the bright-line viability rule” that says states may not prohibit ...

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AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery unveiled their blockbuster $43-billion union Monday, a combination that would bring some of the biggest names in television — HBO, CNN, HGTV, Animal Planet and Food Network — and the Warner Bros. movie studio under one roof. As part of the all-stock deal, AT&T shareholders would own 71% of the new company and Discovery shareholders 29%. AT&T also would receive ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration took a first step toward waiving century-old U.S. shipping requirements to allow foreign tankers to transport gasoline and diesel to fuel-starved areas of the country, as the Colonial Pipeline Co. outage caused filling stations to run dry. The U.S. Maritime Administration said it had begun surveying vessels that are qualified to carry goods between U.S. ...

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U.S. gasoline prices may surge to their highest level since 2014 even faster than previously expected as a cyberattack disrupts operations on the nation’s biggest oil fuel pipeline. The national average stood at $2.96 a gallon Friday, according to auto club AAA. With national gasoline inventories ample, the pump price wasn’t expected to tick much higher until Memorial Day at the end of May, ...

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NEW ORLEANS — President Joe Biden pressed his case for taxing the rich to fund his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure proposal Thursday, pointing to an aging highway bridge and crumbling water facilities in Louisiana as proof that the federal government needs to step in with more money. “The blinders have been taken off the American people,” Biden said while standing at the edge of Lake ...

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers are one step closer to passing a contentious bill that would ban abortions the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected. One day after passing on second reading, the House granted final approval Thursday to the highly debated bill that is loaded with other hotly contested provisions. It now heads to the state Senate, where it has already passed, for final approval ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is making his first stop in a red state to pitch his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs proposal, heading to Louisiana on Thursday as he seeks to redefine more broadly what it means to win bipartisan support. With congressional Republicans largely united against his plans, Biden is reaching beyond them to voters for backing. He’s scheduled to visit ...

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WASHINGTON — The decision by Facebook’s Oversight Board to extend a ban on former President Donald Trump on the world’s biggest social media platform is a major political blow, at least for now, that denies him access to a huge audience he needs to help amplify his message, maintain his fundraising base and retain his dominance over the Republican Party. For a former television celebrity who ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is touting the U.S. reunion this week of four families split apart by the Trump administration’s separation policy, framing it as a key moment in a broader, more humanitarian approach to immigration, in contrast with the “cruelty” of the president’s predecessor. Yet lawyers and advocates who have been working for several years on tracking down and ...

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A study of more than 2,000 pregnant women from dozens of hospitals around the world has found that those with COVID-19 saw a significantly higher risk of death and of complications for themselves or their newborns. The study, published Thursday in JAMA Pediatrics, underscores that pregnancy is a major risk factor for complications involving COVID-19 — one that should be considered alongside ...