Below is a summary of briefs from US domestic news.
A US website to order free COVID-19 tests is up and running
The U.S. government’s new COVIDTests.gov website, set up so U.S. households can order four free COVID-19 tests amid the Omicron variant surge, is up and running ahead of its official launch on Wednesday, the White House said. . U.S. households can get four tests at no cost when ordering on the website, with expected shipping within seven to 12 days of ordering, the White House announced Friday.
US hostage-taking suspect’s entry into Texas synagogue failed to raise security flags – White House
The Texas synagogue hostage-taking suspect was checked against US government databases but showed no derogatory information, White House spokeswoman Jen Psai said on Tuesday. Malik Faisal Akram, the suspected gunman who took four people hostage at a Dallas-area synagogue and was himself killed, was known to British intelligence and considered no longer a threat by the time he traveled to the United States, the BBC reported.
How the White House hopes to save Biden’s Build Back Better bill
The White House is seeking to ‘reset’ talks on its $1.75 trillion spending bill, aimed at saving climate change measures but trimming or cutting back on things like the credit card. child tax and paid family leave to appeal to US Senator Joe Manchin and other Democrats as soon as possible. like this week, two people working on the plan said. Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to back away from a long-running bid to pass voting rights legislation through the Senate https://www.Reuters.com/world/us/us-voting- rights-bill-passes-house-senate-prospects-remain-unclear-2022-01-13, which begins Tuesday, to seriously resume discussions with lawmakers on a slimmed-down version of Build Back Better https://www.Reuters. com/business/cop/bill whats-bidens-175-billion-build-back-better-package-2021-11-05, the sources said.
One person killed and 8 injured in New York’s Bronx townhouse explosion and fire
An explosion and fire, apparently triggered by a gas leak, demolished several townhouse apartments in New York’s Bronx borough on Tuesday, killing one resident and injuring at least eight others, authorities said. Five of the injured were police officers who rushed into the burning structure to help residents to safety, and one was a woman who was rescued by police, officials said.
Biden administration unveils plan to tackle worsening US wildfires
The Biden administration on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year plan to treat and nurture millions more acres of forests in the western United States to reduce the severity of seasonal wildfires. “We’re not going to stop the fires,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said at a news conference in Arizona alongside Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. “But what we can do is start the process of reducing the catastrophic nature of these fires.”
US Supreme Court favors Christian group in Boston flag dispute
On Tuesday, U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared inclined to rule in favor of a Christian group that filed a lawsuit on free speech grounds over Boston officials’ refusal to float a flag bearing the image of a cross at City Hall in a challenge backed by Democratic President Joe Biden. administration. The judges heard oral argument in an appeal by the group, Camp Constitution, and its director, Harold Shurtleff, regarding Boston’s 2017 denial of their request to raise the Christian Cross flag due to concerns that may appear as an unconstitutional government endorsement of an individual. religion. The lower courts sided with the city.
Drugmaker Endo signs $65 million opioid settlement with Florida
Drugmaker Endo International plc said on Tuesday it had agreed to pay up to $65 million to resolve claims by Florida state and local governments that the drugmaker helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the United States. The agreement is the latest in a series of settlements Endo has reached in recent months to resolve similar cases, including a $63 million settlement with Texas in December.
Explanation-Does 5G telecommunications pose a security threat to airlines?
Chief executives of major U.S. passenger and cargo airlines this week warned of a “catastrophic” aviation crisis as AT&T and Verizon roll out new 5G services. They said new 5G C-band service set to begin on Wednesday could render significant numbers of planes inoperable, causing chaos for US flights and potentially stranding tens of thousands of Americans abroad.
US CDC warns against travel to 22 destinations over COVID-19
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday advised against travel to 22 countries and territories due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, including Israel, Australia, Egypt, Albania, Argentina and Uruguay. The CDC has raised its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High,” telling Americans they should avoid traveling to these destinations, which also include Panama, Qatar, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Suriname, Saint Lucia and Bolivia.
Texas rejects hundreds of mail-in ballot requests under new voting limits
Texas election officials have rejected hundreds of mail-in ballot requests, complying with a new Republican-backed law just weeks before a primary kicks off on March 1 of this year’s U.S. election cycle. “My friends, this is what voter suppression looks like,” Democrat Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County Clerk, told reporters on Tuesday.
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