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Court rejects lawsuit against NSA on ‘state secrets’ grounds

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a portion of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' international email and phone communications. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled ...

House panel rejects drug pricing plan in setback to Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee dealt an ominous if tentative blow Wednesday to President Joe Biden's huge social and environment package, derailing a money-saving plan to let Medicare negotiate the price it pays for prescription drugs. The House Energy and Commerce Committee vote to ...

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's first private flight streaked into orbit Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an all-amateur crew and no ...

Biden, CEOs, biz leaders meet on COVID-19 vaccine mandates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders, to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people. The White House meeting comes less than a ...

Los Angeles County to require vaccines in indoor bars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for patrons and workers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, lounges and nightclubs next month. The new initiative in the nation's most populous county begins Oct. 7, with ...

US working on new COVID-19 rules for international visitors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is considering requiring vaccinations against COVID-19 and contact tracing of international visitors after the U.S. revamps current broad restrictions that bar many foreigners from traveling to the U.S., a top White House adviser said ...

Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases. A Kaiser Health News review of hundreds of pieces of ...

Dire warning from Newsom helped turn California recall tide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ominous four-word message issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom's campaign on the morning of Aug. 5 served as the shock Democrats needed to take seriously a recall election that could remove him from office: "This recall is close." Newsom's warning in a fundraising ...

FDA strikes cautious tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward deciding which Americans need one and when. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday posted much ...

Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. It's a ...