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  • coronavirus in new england Jul 2

    NH Nursing Homes Say Feds Sent Useless Protective Equipment

    Isolation gowns with no arm openings. Child-sized gloves. Surgical masks with ear loops that break when stretched. Such items make up the bulk of the personal protective equipment recently sent by the federal government to New Hampshire nursing homes struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the head of an industry group who called the shipments “profoundly insulting.” “Legitimate personal…

  • Virginia Jan 31

    Houston, We Have a Job Opening: Space Force Is Now Hiring

    If you have tech skills, human resources know-how or program-management prowess, you could be part of the team that gets Space Force off the ground. Space Force, commanded by Gen. John Raymond, this week is accepting an early round of applications. The program, currently funded through the Air Force, is hiring staff to work in Arlington, Virginia. The first batch…

  • California Nov 27, 2019

    Settlement Reached in Suit Over Video Captioning at Harvard University

    Harvard University agreed to make its website and online courses friendlier to those who are deaf or hard of hearing as part of a settlement announced Wednesday in a federal lawsuit. The suit, filed in 2015 by the National Association of the Deaf, alleged that many of Harvard’s online videos, courses and podcasts did not include captions or were inaccurately...

  • Donald Trump Nov 27, 2019

    US Judge Bars Trump's Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

    A U.S. judge in Oregon on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration proclamation that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said in a written opinion that the proclamation could not take effect while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality makes its way through the courts....

  • Congress Nov 26, 2019

    DC Couple Denied Marriage License Because of Government Shutdown

    A D.C. couple is starting the New Year on their honeymoon, though technically they still aren’t married.

  • Massachusetts Nov 26, 2019

    Shutdown Affecting Agency That Helps Disabled People

    An organization that helps people with disabilities find jobs is feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown.

  • Donald Trump Nov 25, 2019

    Trumps Signs Bill to Crack Down on Animal Cruelty

    President Donald Trump has signed a bill that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony, saying it’s important for the nation to combat “heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty.” The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act prohibits extreme acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate commerce or on federal property. The legislation expands on a 2010 law...

  • Donald Trump Nov 23, 2019

    Top Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Spending as Deadline Nears

    Negotiations on a package of spending bills to fund the federal government have produced a key breakthrough, though considerably more work is needed to wrap up the long-delayed measures. Top lawmakers of the House and Senate Appropriations committees on Saturday confirmed agreement on allocations for each of the 12 spending bills, a step that allows negotiations on the $1.4 trillion...

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    Trump Signs Stopgap Spending Bill, Averting Shutdown

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a short-term funding bill, averting the threat of a government shutdown until next month. Trump signed the bill, which will extend funding through Dec. 20, hours before government funding was set to expire. The Senate, by a 74-20 vote, passed the short-term funding bill earlier in the day. The push to keep the government...

  • Donald Trump Nov 14, 2019

    US Budget Deficit Surges as Federal Spending Hits Record Highs

    The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit last month totaled $134.5 billion, up from a shortfall in October 2018 of $100.5 billion.

  • Massachusetts Nov 12, 2019

    ‘If You Need Some One Whacked, Give Me a Call': Whitey Bulger Letters Up for Auction

    Three handwritten letters by former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger have been put up for auction. The letters, written to a woman named Jackie, are being auctioned off by Lelands. Bulger writes in one letter, “If you need some one whacked, give me a call. Your friend, James Whitey Bulger 1428AZ.”

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Nov 12, 2019

    ME Finds Jeffrey Epstein Died by Suicide

    The NYC medical examiner’s office has determined Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide; he was found in his federal prison cell Saturday morning. Jonathan Dienst reports.

  • Attorney General Nov 7, 2019

    20 Years Later: Special Agent Behind Elian Gonzalez Controversy Tells His Story

    Almost 20 years later, the former federal agent behind the controversial Elian Gonzalez operation sat with NBC 6 to share behind-the-scenes details, his reflections and his opinion.

  • Massachusetts Nov 6, 2019

    Convenience Store Owners Close Up Shop to Protest Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

    Convenience stores across Massachusetts closed up shop for part of Wednesday so that owners could protest proposed regulations that would take menthol cigarettes off their shelves. About a thousand members of the Boston Convenience Store Owners Association and as well as owners of other stores across the Commonwealth, shut down their businesses in solidarity to take part in the noon...

  • Donald Trump Nov 6, 2019

    Congress Approves Bill Expanding Animal Cruelty Law

    Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called “animal crushing” videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act on Tuesday, two weeks...

  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2019

    US Judge Blocks Trump's Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

    A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It’s not clear when he will rule...

  • PRESIDENT Nov 2, 2019

    UAW President Gary Jones Taking Leave Amid Corruption Probe

    The United Auto Workers announced Saturday that President Gary Jones is taking a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation of corruption within the union. The UAW said Jones requested the leave, which is effective Sunday. UAW Vice President Rory Gamble will serve as acting president. “The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a...

  • Massachusetts Nov 1, 2019

    Warren Vows No Middle Class Tax Hike for $20T Health Plan

    Elizabeth Warren on Friday proposed $20 trillion in federal spending over the next decade to provide health care to every American without raising taxes on the middle class, a politically risky effort that pits the goal of universal coverage against skepticism of government-run health care. Read More

  • Attorney Oct 31, 2019

    US Sued Over Health Insurance Rule for Immigrant Families

    A lawsuit Wednesday accused the Trump administration of preventing Americans from bringing their foreign spouses and parents to live with them in the United States by requiring those immigrants to prove they can afford health care before they get visas. Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed the federal lawsuit in Portland, Oregon, over the rule that’s set to...

  • Attorney Oct 30, 2019

    US Sued Over Health Insurance Rule for Immigrant Families

    A lawsuit Wednesday accused the Trump administration of preventing Americans from bringing their foreign spouses and parents to live with them in the United States by requiring those immigrants to prove they can afford health care before they get visas. Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed the federal lawsuit in Portland, Oregon, over the rule that’s set to...

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