White House to host July 4 ‘independence from virus’ bash

WASHINGTON — Cue the fireworks. President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption. Even as the U.S. is set to cross the grim milestone of 600,000 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, […]

Fact check: Post falsely claims there were no COVID-19 restrictions at the G-7 summit

The claim: There were no COVID-19 restrictions at the G-7 summit As President Joe Biden and other world leaders held their first in-person talks since the start of the global pandemic, some took to social media to claim coronavirus guidelines were ignored at the G-7 Leadership Summit. The Group of Seven — an organization consisting of leaders from the world’s largest economies that […]

G-7 final day: What’s happening, and what we we’ve learned so far

FALMOUTH, England – The final day of talks at the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall kicked off Sunday with a focus on climate change.  President Joe Biden has been here at the southwestern tip of the British Isles since Thursday for discussions with world leaders that have ranged across the coronavirus pandemic, ways to counter […]

What is the new coronavirus Delta variant, and should Americans be worried?

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted andthe pace of vaccinations has slowed in the U.S., the rise of a new coronavirus variant worries some health experts. The variant, known as the Delta or B.1.617.2 , was first detected in India and has spread to more than 60 countries. In the United Kingdom, it accounts for about 60% of […]

Biden ends infrastructure talks with GOP group of senators, pushes ahead with moderates

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden cut off negotiations Tuesday for a bipartisan deal on infrastructure with a group of six Senate Republicans, shifting his focus to a coalition of moderate senators from both parties to keep hopes alive for a compromise.  The setback came as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer moved ahead on planning for a parliamentary maneuver called […]

‘Our hearts are broken’: Cobby, the oldest male living chimpanzee in US zoo dies at 63

The oldest living male chimpanzee in an accredited U.S. zoo has died at 63. The chimpanzee, Cobby, died on Saturday at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.  “Cobby was part of San Francisco,” San Francisco Zoological Society Executive Director Tanya M. Peterson said in a statement to the AP.  The cause of death is unknown, but zoo officials said Cobby had […]

Technical issue turns Kamala Harris’ plane around just after takeoff for Guatemala

Vice President Kamala Harris’ first trip abroad to Guatemala and Mexico got off to a rocky start Sunday, when a technical issue grounded the plane after about 30 minutes into the flight. “I’m good. I’m good,” she told reporters after she deplaned. “We all said a little prayer, but we’re good.” Related: Harris tackles migration in high-profile […]

Justice Department says it will no longer seize journalists’ records

The Justice Department announced Saturday that it will no longer secretly obtain journalists’ records during leak investigations, a policy recently used by the Trump administration to seize records of four New York Times reporters. The announcement followed President Joe Biden’s statements last month criticizing the policy, calling it “simply wrong” to seize journalists records and […]

After a tough year, schools are axing virtual learning. Some families want to stay online.

During the throes of the pandemic, many parents, weary of monitoring their children’s online classes, yearned for schools to reopen. Then vaccines expanded, schools reopened in many cities, and teachers returned – but huge numbers of students didn’t. Weeks passed; safety protocols became routine. President Joe Biden’s administration urged in-person attendance. And still millions of students stayed remote, their parents […]