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Senate passes bill to boost US tech industry, counter rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote for the bill ...

Democrats push bill aimed at family that owns Purdue Pharma

A congressional committee heard grievances Tuesday against the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as it considered longshot legislation that would keep them from using a corporate bankruptcy as a shield for personal liability. Rep. Carolyn Maloney called two state attorneys general, ...

Automakers face a threat to EV sales: Slow charging times

DETROIT (AP) — If the auto industry is to succeed in its bet that electric vehicles will soon dominate the roads, it will need to overcome a big reason why many people are still avoiding them: fear of running out of juice between Point A and Point B. Automakers have sought to quell those ...

Apple previews new software for iPhone, other gadgets

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple kicked off its second annual all-virtual developer conference with a keynote that outlined new updates to its software for iPhones and other devices. The presentation highlighted more privacy options for paid iCloud accounts and a "Find My" service that helps find errant ...

FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer's disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn't been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease. The Food and Drug ...

Supreme Court agrees to hear 2nd ‘state secrets’ case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a lawsuit can go forward in which a group of Muslim residents of California allege the FBI targeted them for surveillance because of their religion. It's the second case the court has accepted for the fall involving a ...

Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion in assault on state Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker faces being expelled from office after a video emerged apparently showing him choreographing how he would let far-right protesters into the closed Oregon Capitol days before he did so in December. The crowd entered the building during an ...

Virginia high court to hear challenges to Lee statue removal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia is set to hear arguments in two lawsuits that challenge Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to take down a 131-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Northam's decision was announced in June 2020, just 10 days after George Floyd's death ...

‘Get used to me’: Postmaster evokes Trump style in Biden era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louis DeJoy is uninterested in the niceties of Washington. The wealthy longtime businessman with an outer borough New York accent prides himself as a problem solver ready to disrupt an unwieldy bureaucracy. And he's facing potential legal troubles. In other words, the ...

Full volume: White House briefing room back to crammed again

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House briefing room on Monday might have been a fire marshal's nightmare. For the first time in 449 days, reporters could cram into every seat for the daily briefing. Coronavirus restrictions had kept one of the most recognized rooms in the U.S. government almost ...