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The Biden administration issued new rules for travelers to the U.S. on Monday, requiring proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in addition to a recent negative test for the virus. People from countries with low supplies of vaccines who aren’t traveling on tourist visas, and those under 18, will be exempt from the vaccine requirement, senior administration officials said in a briefing for ...

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WASHINGTON — Democrats stepped closer to an agreement on President Joe Biden’s agenda as Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been pushing to shrink the size of a sweeping social-spending package, said a deal on the outlines of the plan is within reach this week. Manchin’s expression of optimism Monday marked a turnabout from his forecast last week of drawn-out negotiations, and mark the best recent sign ...

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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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It’s no secret the U.S. depends on processed, packaged foods; they are convenient and affordable. But these foods are also the source of 70% of sodium in Americans’ diets, the majority of which comes from salt added during the manufacturing and commercial food preparation process. Now, federal health officials have proposed new, and entirely optional, guidelines for the food industry to lower ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday outlined plans to expand offshore wind development across almost all U.S. coasts, raising the prospect that turbines could be installed from the Carolinas to California. “We have big goals to achieve a clean energy economy,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said during a speech at American Clean Power’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Boston on ...

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Mixing COVID-19 vaccines produces as much or more antibodies as using the same shot as a booster, according to preliminary results of a widely awaited U.S. government-sponsored trial. The trial is the first major U.S. study to compare the effects of using different vaccines as boosters from the initial shot or shots. The complicated, 9-arm trial involved over 450 people and measured the ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden wants to save Christmas — but he may not be able to. He announced Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles would operate around the clock to alleviate a logistical bottleneck that has left dozens of container ships idling off the California coast and Americans waiting longer to get products manufactured overseas. Longshoremen will work through the night and major ...

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Russia’s relentless hacking efforts accounted for 58% of all state-sponsored cyberattacks observed by Microsoft over the past year, the tech giant said Thursday, and the country appears to have gotten significantly more efficient in its digital assault. Microsoft said that the top three foreign targets of Russian state actors were the U.S., Ukraine and Britain, and that the hackers saw their ...

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NEW YORK — President Joe Biden tried to extend his global honeymoon with the international community during his first speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, promising “relentless diplomacy” now that the United States has “turned the page” on the war in Afghanistan. In a speech that asserted the world was at the beginning of a “decisive decade,” Biden urged countries to cooperate with one ...

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The U.S. will soon allow entry to most foreign air travelers as long as they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — while adding a testing requirement for unvaccinated Americans and barring entry for foreigners who haven’t gotten shots. The measures, announced Monday by the White House, are the most sweeping change to U.S. travel policies in months, and widen the gap in rules between ...