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Infrastructure deal: Senate ready to move ahead on $1T bill

By LISA MASCARO, KEVIN FREKING and ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement Wednesday on a $1 trillion national infrastructure package, and the Senate appeared ready…
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Senators race to seal infrastructure deal as pressure mounts

By HOPE YEN and LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal as soon as Monday, as pressure is mounting on all sides to show progress on President Joe Biden’s top…
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With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin

By FOSTER KLUG TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued…
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Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

By MARI YAMAGUCHI TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee…
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US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

By MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for…
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Blue Origin’s Bezos reaches space on 1st passenger flight

By MARCIA DUNN VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride…
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Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate change

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The left-leaning government of Greenland has decided to suspend all oil exploration off the world’s largest island, calling it is “a natural step” because the Arctic government “takes the climate crisis…
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Money in the bank: Child tax credit dollars head to parents

By JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON (AP) — The child tax credit had always been an empty gesture to millions of parents like Tamika Daniel. That changes Thursday when the first payment of $1,000 hits Daniel’s bank account —…
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US COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks

The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination…
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US consumer prices surge in June by the most since 2008

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices for U.S. consumers jumped in June by the most in 13 years, extending a run of higher inflation and fueling concerns that the rapidly rebounding economy is making…
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