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Supporters of then-President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 09:47

The panel would include 10 members, evenly split between Democratic and Republican appointees. It would have subpoena power and be required to issue a final report by Dec. 31.

A bartender mixes a drink inside a bar last week in San Francisco. The latest retail sales data out on Friday showed an increase in sales at restaurants and bars as more people venture out amid the continued reopening of the U.S. economy.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 09:42

Retail sales were flat in April from a month earlier as Americans spent less on things such as clothes or sporting goods but increased their spending at bars and restaurants.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters Friday after her election as House Republican Conference chair. Stefanik called former President Donald Trump "a critical part of our Republican team."
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 08:42

The vote came two days after House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from the leadership role following her continued criticism of former President Donald Trump.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated adults don't need to wear masks in most situations. Some states responded cautiously and have yet to implement those new guidelines, while others have.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 07:16

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccinated people still must follow existing state, local or tribal laws on masks and social distancing.

Gaylord High School principal Chris Hodges measures the space between seats in a yearbook class. A student in the class tested positive for covid, and Hodges is working with the local health department to trace people who might have been exposed to her at school.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 04:00

Struggling to keep up with a COVID-19 surge in Michigan, overwhelmed local health departments turned to schools, and recruited principals and teachers as supplemental contact tracers.

A girl in Jersey City wears a mask at her Pre-K graduation ceremony almost a year ago. Now schools are deciding how looser CDC guidelines on masks affect education.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 21:54

It is unclear what impact this will have on teachers, staff and students in the near term. In some states, masks in schools are already optional.

The CDC's new guidelines on face coverings and social distancing are raising questions about grocery store requirements moving forward.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 20:22

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said," We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some kind of normalcy." But local authorities are making their own decisions on relaxing the rules.

A woman walks past posters explaining mask requirements at Grand Central Terminal train station in New York City on Wednesday. Rules requiring masks on transit are unchanged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated people.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 19:09

Some parts of public life in the U.S. still operate according to restrictive rules, and that includes planes, trains and buses.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies Thursday at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the department's actions to address unaccompanied migrant children.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 16:59

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers that unaccompanied minors are moving more quickly out of custody and into facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The majority of anti-vaccine claims on social media trace back to a small number of influential figures, according to researchers.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 15:15

The majority of false claims about COVID-19 vaccines on social media trace back to just a handful of influential figures. So why don't the companies just shut them down?

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, at this year's State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo., when he declared he would "uphold the will of the voters" in expanding Medicaid. He reversed course on Thursday.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 15:14

Last year, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid. But Republican lawmakers refused to appropriate money to fund it. Now, a legal battle is all but certain.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 14:48

Officials say Maj. Christopher Warnagiris is believed to be the first active-duty military service member to be charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 14:11

MIT bioengineer Linda Griffith spent years in debilitating pain before she was diagnosed with a condition often neglected in research. Her focus on the basic biology could lead to better treatments.

President Biden arrives with Vice President Harris to discuss the CDC's new mask guidance in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 14:09

Biden says, "Today is a great day for America and our long battle with coronavirus. ... It's been made possible by the extraordinary success we've had in vaccinating so many Americans so quickly."

President Biden urges Americans to "stay strong" as gas supplies start to come back online in a process that may run into next week.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 13:19

The president cautions it will be several days before gas flow is fully restored. He urges consumers not to panic and hoard gasoline while warning gas stations not to gouge prices.

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