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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is moving in the “wrong direction” in combating a new wave of COVID-19, and a booster vaccine shot may be needed especially for the most vulnerable, said Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. With half of the country still not fully vaccinated, and with a new spread fueled by the highly contagious delta variant, the U.S. faces a worst-case scenario of ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions against the besieged Cuban government for its violent crackdown on demonstrators, blacklisting the defense minister and a paramilitary police force. Officials said the sanctions targeted specific members of the communist-ruled island’s government who were deemed responsible for the repression of protesters ...

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WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to authorize an additional 8,000 special immigrant visas for Afghan interpreters, contractors and other vulnerable U.S. allies. The bill would also expand eligibility to family members of SIV applicants who have been killed, as well as Afghans who worked with certain nongovernmental organizations and could face persecution ...

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LOS ANGELES — Thomas J. Barrack Jr., the chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and a prominent Southern California businessman, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that he and two associates were part of a secretive, years-long effort to shape Trump’s foreign policy as a candidate and later, president, all to the benefit of the United Arab Emirates. Barrack, 74, and ...

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A diehard supporter of former President Donald Trump who marauded through the Capitol on Jan. 6 was ordered Monday to spend eight months in prison in the first felony sentencing for the attack that shook American democracy. Paul Alan Hodgkins got the relatively light sentence after pleading guilty in federal court and apologizing for his role in trying to prevent Congress from certifying ...

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A man shops in the meat section at a grocery store in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he does not currently have plans to send U.S. troops into Haiti to provide security for the Caribbean country in the aftermath of the assassination of its president. “We’re only sending American Marines to our embassy to make sure that they are secure and nothing is out of whack at all,” Biden said at a news conference. “But the idea of ...

US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2021.
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US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2021.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog sharply criticized the FBI’s inquiry into former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar, who was accused of molesting scores of young gymnasts, concluding in a lengthy report released Wednesday agents made “fundamental errors” in their investigation and did not respond with a sense of urgency to the allegations. The 119-page report by the ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday tried to solidify a fragile coalition of Democrats to make progress on his massive infrastructure proposal that would both rebuild the nation’s roads and enact a broad array of social programs, such as new Medicare benefits, child-care assistance and immigration reform. Biden visited Capitol Hill a day after a group of Democrats said their social ...