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Biden Touts Senate Spending Deal As Key to ‘Facing Up’ to Inflation, Climate Change | Politics
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Biden Touts Senate Spending Deal As Key to ‘Facing Up’ to Inflation, Climate Change | Politics

President Joe Biden celebrated a major breakthrough in Senate negotiations during remarks on Thursday, touting the “historic agreement” that he said faces up to some of the nation’s biggest problems – and brings him one step closer to seeing his agenda realized.“I know it can sometimes seem like nothing is done in Washington,” Biden said. “The work of the government can be slow and frustrating – and sometimes even infuriating. Then the hard work of hours and days and months from people who refuse to give up pays off. History is made. Lives are changed.”The president’s address comes after a major development on Wednesday evening, when Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced he had reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York on a spending package that in...
American Crystal Sugar Workers Reject 17% Raise Over 4 Years
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American Crystal Sugar Workers Reject 17% Raise Over 4 Years

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Workers at the largest sugar beet processor in the U.S. have rejected a contract offer that includes a 17% pay increase over four years.Union president John Riskey said the offer from American Crystal Sugar was recently rejected by an overwhelming margin, but he did not provide details on how many members voted or the margin of rejection.The Moorhead-based cooperative said that it negotiated for 10 days with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union.The company said in addition to the pay increase, the contract offered more vacation, increased pension benefits and a $1,000 ratification bonus if the new contract was approved by July 31, when the current contract expires.Riskey said workers felt they deserved a bigger pay incr...
New York Attorney General Sues CVS Health for Violating Antitrust Laws
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New York Attorney General Sues CVS Health for Violating Antitrust Laws

(Reuters) - The New York Attorney General on Thursday sued CVS Health Corp, saying the pharmacy chain violated antitrust laws and hurt New York safety-net hospitals and healthcare providers.The lawsuit says CVS required safety-net hospitals and clinics to exclusively use a CVS-owned company, Wellpartner, to process and obtain federal subsidies on prescriptions filled at its pharmacies, which forced these providers to incur millions in additional costs.CVS did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.(Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters. Source link
Child Tax Care Credits: Who will receive a payment of up to $630?
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Child Tax Care Credits: Who will receive a payment of up to $630?

Over 200,000 families in Pennsylvania could receive up to $630 in state child care tax credits, after Governor Tom Wolf revealed the details of the Child and Dependant Care Enhancement Program.As inflation continues on the rise, so does food and gas and other primary expenses for families all over the state. Pennsylvania's child care tax creditThis Pennsylvania plan will help those working families who pay for daycare and are already qualifying for the federal program as well. They'll be able to claim this credit on their 2023 tax filing.To be eligible, a household must earn below the $43,000 threshold, so they can get a $315 payment for one child or a $630 one if they have two or more children.Any family who earns over $43,000 can still receive some money, cause households can claim $1...
JetBlue agrees to buy Spirit for $3.8B after months-long fight
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JetBlue agrees to buy Spirit for $3.8B after months-long fight

JetBlue Airways has agreed to buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion and create the nation's fifth-largest airline if the deal can win approval from antitrust regulators.The agreement Thursday capped a months-long bidding war and arrives one day after Spirit's attempt to merge with fellow budget carrier Frontier Airlines fell apart.Spirit CEO Ted Christie is being thrust into the awkward position of defending a sale to JetBlue after arguing vehemently against it, saying that antitrust regulators would never let it happen."A lot has been said over the last few months obviously, always with our stakeholders in mind," Christie said on CNBC. "We have been listening to the folks at JetBlue, and they have a lot of good thoughts on their plans for that."JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes has argued all alo...
Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Help Your Bones, Large Study Finds
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Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Help Your Bones, Large Study Finds

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)THURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who take vitamin D supplements to improve their bone health and ward off fractures are just wasting their time and money, a major new study has found.These supplements did nothing to reduce their average risk of bone fractures, researchers found in a randomized trial testing vitamin D against a placebo."In generally healthy adults, these results do not support the use of vitamin D supplements to reduce fracture risk," said lead researcher Dr. Meryl LeBoff, chief of the Calcium and Bone Section at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "We found that supplemental vitamin D did not reduce fractures in U.S. participants."In the study, published July 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine...
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia
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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rains unleashed high water and people lost electricity as storms kept pounding parts of central Appalachia on Thursday.There were reports of flash flooding, mudslides and power outages across a mountainous area where thunderstorms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days. Flood watches and warnings were in effect.Poweroutage.us reported more than 20,000 power outages in eastern Kentucky, and nearly 10,000 more in southern West Virginia among the mountains of western Virginia.Floyd County in eastern Kentucky declared a local state of emergency due to significant rainfall and flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. He said the Kentucky Emergency Management crews have been deployed there.In West Virginia's Greenbrier County, firefighters pulled peo...
JetBlue Buys Spirit for $3.8 Billion
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JetBlue Buys Spirit for $3.8 Billion

JetBlue is buying Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion, creating the nation's fifth largest airline.The agreement Thursday comes a day after Spirit's attempt to merge with Frontier Airlines fell apart.JetBlue will acquire Spirit for $33.50 per share in cash, including a prepayment of $2.50 per share in cash payable once Spirit stockholders approve the transaction. There's also a ticking fee of 10 cents per month starting in January 2023 through closing.The combined airline will have a fleet of 458 aircraft. The airlines will continue to operate independently until after the transaction closes.Political CartoonsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Source link
Biden Administration Announces $400 Million for Rural Internet Access
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Biden Administration Announces $400 Million for Rural Internet Access

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration announced on Thursday that it will provide $401 million to provide access to high-speed internet for 31,000 rural residents and businesses in 11 states, as part of Biden's drive to expand access to the web."With this money we are one step closer to President Biden's ambitious goal of affordable and reliable internet for all," Biden's infrastructure coordinator Mitch Landrieu told reporters.At the same time, Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to New York on Thursday to announce formation of the Economic Opportunity Coalition, a coalition of 23 companies and foundations, with the aim of investing billions of dollars into low-income communities.The aim of the group, the White House said, will be to "address economic dispari...
Myanmar’s Military Must Refrain From Further ‘Arbitrary Executions’
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Myanmar’s Military Must Refrain From Further ‘Arbitrary Executions’

LONDON (Reuters) - The Group of Seven on Thursday condemned the execution of four pro-democracy activists in Myanmar and called on the ruling military to "refrain from further arbitrary executions" and to free all political prisoners."These executions, the first in Myanmar in over thirty years, and the absence of fair trials show the junta’s contempt for the unwavering democratic aspirations of the people of Myanmar," a joint statement by G7 foreign ministers, released by the British government, said."We continue to condemn in the strongest terms the military coup in Myanmar and express deep concern about the political, economic, social, humanitarian and human rights situation in the country."(Reporting by Muvija M, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)Political Cartoons on World Leaders Copyrigh...