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‘A cry for an acknowledgement:’ U.S. House Democrats urge reparations bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday will try to advance a bill that could lead to reparations for Black Americans as part of a broader effort to address centuries of enslavement followed by modern-day institutional racism.It faces an uphill climb in Congress, where prominent Republicans oppose the...

Nearly half of all Texans without water even as ‘fragile’ power grid returns to life

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A “fragile” energy grid has returned to life for frigid Texans after five days of blackouts caused by a historic winter storm, but challenges in finding drinking water and dealing with downed power lines loomed on Friday.All power plants in the state were once again functioning, but more than 190,000...

After months of inaction, U.S. Congress approves $892 billion COVID-19 relief package

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress on Monday approved an $892 billion coronavirus aid package, throwing a lifeline to the nation’s pandemic-battered economy after months of inaction, while also keeping the federal government funded.U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), walks from the Senate floor as both chambers of Congress are aimed to pass the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...

Trump keeps up false claims of widespread fraud at Georgia rally for U.S. senators

VALDOSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned in Georgia on Saturday for two Republican senators at a rally that some in his party feared could end up hurting, not helping, their chances by focusing on his efforts to reverse his own election defeat.In his first rally appearance since he lost to...

U.S. states scramble to curb COVID-19 without national leadership

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Individual U.S. states scrambled on Sunday to impose lockdowns to stem coronavirus spikes amid a lack of national leadership on how to curb infections until vaccines are widely available in the spring.FILE PHOTO: A patient is wheeled into a hospital during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City,...

Trump calls for big COVID-19 stimulus but McConnell disagrees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday said he is willing to raise his offer of $1.8 trillion for a COVID-19 relief deal with Democrats in the U.S. Congress, but the idea was shot down by his fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Des Moines...

In U.S. Midwest states, new COVID-19 infections rise to record highs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wisconsin and other states in the U.S. Midwest are battling a surge in COVID-19 cases, with new infections and hospitalizations rising to record levels in an ominous sign of a nationwide resurgence as temperatures get colder.FILE PHOTO: A woman receives the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United...

Louisiana, Cuba residents evacuate as twin storms take aim at U.S. coast

Coastal residents in low-lying areas of Louisiana and Cuba were evacuating on Sunday, while roads turned to rivers in Haiti’s capital city, as twin hurricanes threatened the Caribbean and U.S. Gulf Coast.Marco, which strengthened to a hurricane on Sunday and is forecast to hit the Louisiana coast on Monday, will be followed by...

Five police officers shot, wounded in U.S. protests

WASHINGTON/MINNEAPOLIS - At least five U.S. police officers were shot and wounded during violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody, police and media said, hours after President Donald Trump vowed to deploy the military if unrest did not stop.Trump deepened outrage on Monday by posing at a church...

Trump tells U.S. governors to crack down on violent protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday urged U.S. states to crack down on violent protests that have engulfed cities, saying officials should “dominate” and arrest people to restore order after a sixth straight night of vandalism and looting, media reported.Residents and business owners in cities from New York to Santa Monica,...

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