Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states
Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday, a move that sent many states scrambling to clarify their policies on the observance with less than a business day’s notice.
Biden, Harris urge vaccinations as US looks to miss July 4 target
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris urged Americans to get Covid-19 shots on Friday, as the country looks likely to miss the White House’s goals for vaccination next month.
Motive sought for fatal string of Arizona freeway shootings
65% of US adults have gotten at least one shot, including 87% of our seniors: Joe Biden
What you’re seeing is truly an American accomplishment
US president Joe Biden on Covid vaccine milestone
US administers more than 316 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines: CDC
The United States has administered 316,048,776 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and distributed 377,935,390 doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.Those figures are up from the 314,969,386 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by June 17 out of 377,215,060 doses delivered.The agency said 176,290,249 people had received at least one dose while 148,459,003 people are fully vaccinated as of Friday.The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech , as well as Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 am ET on Friday.
Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused
Virginia’s road to legalizing simple possession of marijuana has had some twists and turns, so it’s not surprising that advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what will be allowed under state law as of July 1.
Tens of thousands in dark after blackout hits US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands’ power company on Friday reported a complete blackout in St. John and St. Thomas, which is the US territory’s most populated island.
Joe Biden to announce 300 million Covid-19 shots given in 150 days
President Joe Biden is marking another milestone in his quest to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control and help Americans return to a more normal way of life.
President Joe Biden announces five key nominations
- Xochitl Torres Small, Nominee for Under Secretary of Rural Development, Department of Agriculture
- Laura Daniel-Davis, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Department of Interior
- Hampton Dellinger, Nominee for Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice
- M. Camille Calimlim Touton, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Interior
- Christi Grimm, Nominee for Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services
California launches digital Covid-19 vaccine pass but won’t require it
California officials on Friday unveiled a website to access or download a digital copy of Covid-19 immunization records, though they stressed the state would not make it mandatory to carry the vaccine credentials.Businesses will be able to verify the authenticity of digital “vaccine cards” by scanning a QR code on them using an app that a nonprofit group is expected to launch this month. The nearly 20 million immunized Californians can access their data at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. “It’s an optional tool to use,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan.
Germany’s Merkel says we can all be pleased the US president has a spirit of cooperation
NYC mayoral primary will be big test for ranked vote system
Voters will likely pick the next mayor of New York City next week in a Democratic primary that will also be a major test of ranked choice voting, a system that lets voters rank several candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one.
Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast
US vows to use global clout to defend Taiwan against China
Russian deputy PM Golikova says flights to resume to USA, Belgium
Texas man indicted in deadly shooting at cabinet business
A Texas man has been indicted on a charges of murder and assault for allegedly opening fire at a cabinet-making company where he worked, killing one man and wounding five other employees.A Brazos County grand jury handed up the murder charge against Larry Bollin on Thursday, along with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, said Jessica Escue, a spokeswoman for the local district attorney’s office.The charges stem from an April shooting at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Houston.Bollin, 27, is accused shooting his colleagues, fleeing and then shooting and wounding a state trooper in a neighboring county as authorities searched for him. He was being held Friday in a Brazos County jail on a USD 3.2 million bond.
US has administered 300 million COVID-19 shots in 150 days: White House official
The United States has administered 300 million Covid-19 vaccinations in 150 days, a White House official said on Friday ahead of President Joe Biden’s scheduled update on his administration’s vaccination program.
Search resumes after 3 tubers died, 2 disappeared on river
A search resumed Friday on a North Carolina river for two missing tubers after three others were found dead and four were pulled from the water, authorities said.
US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21