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Los Angeles County to require vaccines in indoor bars
Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for patrons and workers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries and nightclubs next month. The new initiative in the nation's most populous county begins Oct. 7, with proof of at least one vaccine dose required. By Nov. 4, proof of full vaccination will be mandatory, according to the county's Department of Public Health. Health officials strongly recommend the same precautions for indoor restaurants but have not chosen to mandate proof of vaccination for them.
US Capitol Police request National Guard troops on Sept 18 if needed
The US Capitol Police on Wednesday said it has asked the Pentagon to provide National Guard troops to help protect the Capitol on Sept. 18 during a scheduled protest if they are needed. "The USCP has asked the Department of Defense for the ability to receive National Guard support should the need arise on September 18," the police department statement said.
We are not talking about nuclear armed submarines
Submarines are conventionally armed
Initiative will maintain edge in military capabilities like cyber: President Biden
France is a key partner in Indo pacific
There is no reasonable divide separating interests of Atlantic, Pacific partners: Biden
Biden: This is about investing in alliance and updating them to meet threats
We need to address current strategic environment and how it might work
New partnership with Britain and Australia will update shared ability to take on 21st century together: Biden
I think this is an historic announcement
There are natural allies even though we may be separated geographically
The initiative, called Aukus, was announced jointly by President Joe Biden and Prime ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison
US UK and Australia forge military alliance to counter China
Harris, Yellen make a personal case for fixing child care
The US Treasury Department issued a report Wednesday that detailed the high price and low wages for child care, a problem that makes it harder for parents to work and one that the Biden administration aims to fix with its budget proposal. Read full story
House panel rejects drug pricing plan in setback to Biden
A House committee dealt the first ominous setback Wednesday to President Joe Biden's 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 dropped the proposal from its piece of Biden's signature domestic initiative on a 29-29 tie vote, with three moderate Democrats joining Republicans to oppose the pharmaceutical provision. The defeat underscores the power that centrists _ or any small group of Democrats _ have as Biden and party leaders try pushing the package through the narrowly divided Congress.
Ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert reaches tentative settlement over payments to man who accused him of child sex abuse
Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting: US
The Biden administration said Wednesday that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western US after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. Read full story
Court won't stop protests outside Michigan synagogue
Provocative pro-Palestinian protests outside a Jewish synagogue in Michigan are protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment, a federal court appeals said Wednesday. The court declined to stop the demonstrations or set restrictions in Ann Arbor. The protests have occurred on a weekly basis since 2003, with people holding signs that say “Jewish Power Corrupts,” “Stop Funding Israel” and “End the Palestinian Holocaust.” Members of Beth Israel Congregation, including some Holocaust survivors, said the protests have interfered with their Saturday worship and caused emotional distress. “But the congregants have not alleged that the protesters ever blocked them from using their synagogue or that the protests were even audible from inside the building,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton said. He said a proposed remedy — a 1,000-foot (305-meter) buffer and limits on signs — would likely violate the First Amendment.
Raytheon requires US workers get Covid-19 vaccination: statement
Raytheon, the maker of Tomahawk missiles, will require all US employees to have a Covid-19 vaccination, the company said in a statement. The employees need to get shots by mid-December in order to meet a Jan. 1 deadline for immunization, a source familiar with policy said.