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Manchin hopeful on voting bill, McConnell opposed

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U.S. Senate Democrats scrambled to unite around a sweeping election reform bill they hope to begin debating next week, in the face of Republican opposition and moves by several states to pass laws placing new restrictions on voting. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

California's Death Valley records 129 degrees

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As scorching weather grilled west and southwest parts of the United States on Wednesday, temperatures in California's Death Valley, famed for its record-breaking heat, reached 129 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius) for the first time this year. Bryan Wood reports.

DOJ drops probe into John Bolton's book

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The U.S. Justice Department closed its criminal investigation into whether a book by John Bolton about his time as President Donald Trump's national security adviser illegally disclosed classified information, and dropped a civil lawsuit, Bolton's lawyer said on Wednesday. Gloria Tso reports.

Cyberattacks, human rights top Biden-Putin summit

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Wednesday to hold arms control and cyber-security talks, recording small gains and big differences at a first summit they both described as pragmatic rather than friendly. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Exorbitant lumber hampers U.S. homebuilding

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U.S. homebuilding rebounded less than expected in May as very expensive lumber and shortages of other materials continued to constrain builders' ability to take advantage of an acute shortage of houses on the market. Gavino Garay reports.

Harris launches campaign for voting rights

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday promoted the Biden administration's efforts to advance voting rights when she met 16 fellow Democrats from the Texas state legislature who successfully blocked a bill they said would make it harder for Black and Hispanic Americans to vote. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

NYC recovery challenged by spike in homelessness

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Times Square and the surrounding areas have been overrun with homeless and mentally ill people, an unfortunate fallout from the health crisis, officials say. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

DOJ rebuffed Trump bid to overturn election

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Former President Donald Trump pressed the Justice Department during his waning weeks in office to join his failed effort to overturn his election defeat based on his false claims of voting fraud, but its leaders refused, with one decrying the "pure insanity" of the claims, documents released on Tuesday showed. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

FBI warns QAnon could deploy 'real-world violence'

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The FBI has warned that followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory could again engage in violence against political opponents out of frustration that the theory's predictions have not come true. Bryan Wood reports.

U.S. Rep. Greene apologizes for Holocaust comparison

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Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene publicly apologized on Monday for her remarks last month comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Nazi Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews. Bryan Wood reports.

U.S. exceeds 600,000 COVID-19 deaths

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The United States passed 600,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, a painful reminder that death, sickness and grief still persist, as the country begins to return to something resembling pre-pandemic normalcy. Colette Luke has more.

Biden, Erdogan upbeat but no breakthrough disclosed

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sounded upbeat after their first face-to-face talks on Monday, although they did not announce major breakthroughs in the relationship between the two allies, at odds over Russian weapons, Syria, Libya and other issues. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

SCOTUS seeks Biden views on admissions dispute

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Joe Biden's administration to give its views on whether the justices should hear a challenge to Harvard University's consideration of race in undergraduate student admissions. Gavino Garay reports.

U.S. DOJ to review how it obtains lawmaker records

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the department to evaluate how it obtains records from Congress in light of revelations that the previous administration had used secret subpoenas to collect Democratic lawmakers' communications. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

Bishops to debate Communion rules that may affect Biden

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U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are due this week to discuss whether politicians, including President Joe Biden, should receive Communion while supporting abortion and LGBTQ rights, a debate that has divided the clergy and laid bare internal cultural rifts. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Novavax vaccine over 90% effective in U.S. trial

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Novavax Inc on Monday reported late-stage data from its U.S.-based clinical trial showing its vaccine is more than 90% effective against COVID-19 across a variety of variants of the virus. Emer McCarthy reports.

Switzerland rejects law on carbon emissions cuts

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Swiss voters rejected a trio of environmental proposals on Sunday, including a new law intended to help the country meet its goal for cutting carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Jayson Albano reports.

Brexit tensions overshadow final day of G7

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Growing tensions between Britain and the European Union threatened to overshadow the Group of Seven summit's conclusion on Sunday, with London accusing France of "offensive" remarks that Northern Ireland was not part of the United Kingdom. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Shooting in Texas capital leaves 14 wounded

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Fourteen people were wounded after two men opened fire at each other in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, Texas early on Saturday, while police said one of the suspects was still at large. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

G7 rivals China with grand infrastructure plan

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The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Slave figures to replace toppled statue of slaveholder

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[NFA] One year after a statue of Francis Scott Key was toppled by racial injustice protesters in Golden Gate Park, an art exhibit opens next week with 350 slave sculptures gathered around the space once dedicated to the "The Star-Spangled Banner" creator - a slaveholder himself. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Biden to hold solo newser after Putin summit

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U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a solo news conference after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week, denying him an elevated international platform to castigate the West and sow discord. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Oregon lawmaker ousted for aiding armed intruders

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[NFA] The Oregon House of Representatives on Thursday night voted to expel one of its own members accused of coordinating with protesters, some of whom were armed, to allow them into the state Capitol. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

China expands Tibet's political education drive

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In a rare and tightly chaperoned government tour of the region last week, a Reuters journalist was invited to Tibet as China broadens its political education campaign. Olivia Chan reports.

McDonald’s hit by data breach

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McDonald's Corp said on Friday that a data breach in South Korea and Taiwan has exposed some customer and employee information, making it the latest global company to be targeted by cybercriminals. Fred Katayama reports.

Myanmar authorities slap new charges on Suu Kyi

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Myanmar authorities have opened new corruption cases against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi accusing her of abusing her authority and accepting bribes, state media reported on Thursday, allegations her chief lawyer said were "absurd." Libby Hogan reports.

Bipartisan group agrees on infrastructure deal

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A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators said on Thursday it had reached agreement on a framework for a proposed infrastructure spending bill that would not include any tax increases. Bryan Wood reports.

UK report says Hong Kong law curtails freedoms

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Beijing has broken its legal obligations by undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and used a national security law to "drastically curtail freedoms" in the global financial hub, according to a report by Britain on its former colony. Libby Hogan reports.

California appeals ruling on assault weapons ban

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California officials on Thursday said the state has appealed a federal judge's decision to strike down its three-decade-old ban on assault-style weapons, saying the law is needed to prevent gun deaths. Gloria Tso reports.

U.S. will be 'arsenal of vaccines' for the world -Biden

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U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that a donation of 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the world's poorest countries would supercharge the battle with the virus and comes with "no strings attached." This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Russian Court outlaws Alexei Nalany's allies

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A Russian court on Wednesday outlawed groups linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after declaring them "extremist," a move that bans his allies from elections and will further strain U.S.-Russia ties before a closely watched summit. Libby Hogan reports.

Keystone XL pipeline officially canceled

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A $9 billion oil pipeline that became a symbol of the rising political clout of climate change advocates and a flash point in U.S.-Canada relations was officially canceled on Wednesday. Gloria Tso reports.

'This is not a cure' -doctor on Alzheimer's drug

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Sixty-nine year-old runner and Alzheimer's patient Bill McKay hopes the new Biogen drug will get his life back on track, but his doctor cautions patients not to look to Aduhelm as the holy grail.

'They were loved': Trudeau mourns Muslim family

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Joining thousands of mourners, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a vigil Tuesday evening to remember three generations of a Canadian Muslim family who were killed in what police said was a premeditated hate crime. Colette Luke has more.

The 'Queen Bees' cast tackles aging

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Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn and her co-stars talked to Reuters about their new film "Queen Bees" and how it feels to age. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.

Biden drops Trump attempt to ban TikTok, WeChat

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday withdrew a series of executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

U.S. Senate passes bill to address China tech threat

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The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 on Tuesday to approve a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country's ability to compete with Chinese technology. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

U.S. pledges investment in Mexico to stem migration

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Mexico and the United States signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding to promote the development in Central America, during Vice President Kamala Harris' visit to the Latin American country. Bryan Wood reports.

Websites back online after massive global outage

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Thousands of government, news and social media websites across the globe were coming back online on Tuesday after getting hit by a widespread hour-long outage linked to U.S.-based cloud company Fastly. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Report: Capitol Police did not heed riot warnings

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A bipartisan U.S. Senate report said Capitol Police did not take seriously warnings of potential violence ahead of the deadly riot on January 6. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

Speed controls slapped on Moscow's rental scooters

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Authorities in Moscow are imposing speed limits for electric scooters that whizz across the city, often on pavements, as calls for action grow following a string of accidents. Maha Albadrawi reports.

Amazon's Bezos announces plan to take space trip

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Amazon's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos said on Monday he and his brother Mark will be among the first humans to fly on the first crewed space flight from his rocket company Blue Origin next month. Conway G. Gittens has more.

Peruvians await results of knife-edge election

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Peruvians awaited results of a presidential race between a free-market advocate and a socialist vowing constitutional reforms. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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