With eye on Russia, US Senate backs Finland and Sweden joining NATO

With eye on Russia, US Senate backs Finland and Sweden joining NATO

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – The US Senate approved on Wednesday Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, the most significant expansion of the 30-member alliance since the 1990s as it responds to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Senate voted 95 to 1 to support ratification of accession documents, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority of 67 … Read more

Kansas votes to preserve abortion rights in first post-Roe v. Wade election test

Kansas votes to preserve abortion rights in first post-Roe v.  Wade election test

Aug 2 (Reuters) – Kansas voters on Tuesday rejected an effort to remove abortion protections from the state’s constitution, a resounding win for the abortion rights movement in the first statewide electoral test since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The amendment’s failure in the conservative state lifted Democrats’ hopes that the issue … Read more

After starting New Mexico fire, US asks victims to pay

After starting New Mexico fire, US asks victims to pay

TIERRA MONTE, NM, July 31 (Reuters) – After the US government started the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history in April, it is asking victims to share recovery costs on private land, jeopardizing relief efforts, according to residents and state officials. The blaze was sparked by US Forest Service (USFS) prescribed fires to reduce … Read more

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday in what the White House doctor described as a “rebound” case seen in a small percentage of patients who take the antiviral drug Paxlovid. Biden, 79, who emerged from COVID isolation on Wednesday after testing positive on July 21, … Read more

US House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban

US House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – The US House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation banning assault-style rifles that have been used in mass shootings, sending it to the Senate where it faces likely defeat. By a mostly partisan vote of 217-213, Democrats won passage of the measure amid public anger over mass murders in which … Read more

Conspiracy website InfoWars parent files for bankruptcy

Conspiracy website InfoWars parent files for bankruptcy

July 29 (Reuters) – The parent of far-right conspiracy website InfoWars filed for US bankruptcy protection on Friday as the company and its founder Alex Jones face up to $150 million in damages in a trial over longstanding falsehoods he perpetuated about the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. The bankruptcy filing by the InfoWars parent, … Read more

Biden pledge to tax wealthy, companies revived with Manchin-led bill

Biden pledge to tax wealthy, companies revived with Manchin-led bill

Chairman US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attends a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden’s campaign trail promise to increase taxes on corporations and … Read more

US Senate passes bill to boost chip manufacturing, compete with China

US Senate passes bill to boost chip manufacturing, compete with China

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The US Senate on Wednesday passed sweeping legislation to subsidize the domestic semiconductor industry, hoping to boost companies as they compete with China and alleviate a persistent shortage that has affected everything from cars, weapons, washing machines and video games. The House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on … Read more

US gun executives say criminals, not guns, responsible for mass shootings

US gun executives say criminals, not guns, responsible for mass shootings

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – Top executives at US gunmakers testified on Wednesday that criminals, not their products, were responsible for mass shootings, as they faced questions from a US House committee investigating recent massacres in Texas and New York. The chief executives of Sturm, Ruger & Co Inc (RGR.N) and Daniel Defense Llc, tested … Read more

U.S. says Biden-Xi call expected to cover Taiwan tensions, Ukraine

U.S. says Biden-Xi call expected to cover Taiwan tensions, Ukraine

US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, US November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and China’s leader Xi Jinping are expected to talk on Thursday, a source … Read more