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Nearly 160 million U.S. households to get virus stimulus checks: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A total of 158.5 million households would receive direct payments under the Senate version of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, the White House said on Thursday. Learn More


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Alabama extends mask mandate for a month, breaking with Texas, Mississippi

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alabama's governor said on Thursday she was extending the state's mask mandate for another month, heeding the advice of public health experts and breaking with decisions by neighboring Mississippi and Texas this week to lift their requirements. More »


U.S. Capitol calm amid high security; Trump supporters hold faith he will return

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A smattering of followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, the day the movement had predicted former President Donald Trump's return to office, but they were far outnumbered by security forces deployed to deter any possible attack. More »


U.S. Senate votes to begin debate on Biden COVID-19 relief bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to take up President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, setting up what is likely to be a contentious, days-long debate over the merits of the sweeping package. More »


California to set aside 40% of COVID-19 vaccine doses for hardest-hit communities

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday the state would set aside 40% of its COVID-19 vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities and establish a "vaccine equity metric," to make sure that inoculations are conducted fairly. More »


Biden says he will sign election reform bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will sign a sweeping election reform bill after it is refined and passed by Congress, he said on Thursday, a day after it passed the U.S. House of Representatives. More »


Barrett authors first U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a loss for environmentalists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday authored her first ruling since joining the U.S. Supreme Court in October - a decision that handed a defeat to an environmental group that had sought access to government documents. More »


Biden Interior secretary pick Haaland clears key Senate vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate energy committee on Thursday voted 11-9 to advance Representative Deb Haaland to the full Senate to confirm her as Interior Secretary, a key hurdle for President Joe Biden's nominee to head the agency. More »


Biden to meet with U.S. lawmakers on infrastructure push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will meet Thursday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the White House's planned push for a massive jump in spending on projects to restore crumbling infrastructure. More »


U.S. House passes sweeping election bill, Senate prospects unclear

(In March 3 story, corrects nature of vote in paragraph 2 to "partisan" instead of "bipartisan.") More »


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