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Income test for Medicare dental under debate; gets pushback

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than 55 years, Medicare has followed a simple policy: covered benefits are the same, no matter if you're rich, poor, or in-between. But as Democrats try to design a dental benefit for the program, one idea calls for limiting it based on income. The so-called "means ...

Biden focuses on climate, families in trimmed $2T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scaling down his "build back better" plans, President Joe Biden on Tuesday described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of a $2 trillion government-overhaul package with at least $500 billion to tackle climate change and money for middle-class priorities — child ...

Fate of NYC City Hall Jefferson statue unclear after vote

NEW YORK (AP) — An 1833 statue of Thomas Jefferson will be removed from New York's City Council chamber by the end of the year, a little-known city commission voted Monday, but it's unclear where it will go. Some members of the 51-member New York City Council have called for years for the ...

US envoy for Afghanistan steps down after withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan is stepping down following the chaotic American withdrawal from the country, the State Department said Monday. Zalmay Khalilzad will leave the post this week after more than three years on the job under both the Trump and Biden ...

2 more House Democrats retiring, underscoring 2022 obstacles

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two longtime Democratic congressmen with a combined six decades of experience announced Monday that they plan to retire at the end of their terms, another worrying sign for the party's uphill climb to keep control of the House in next year's midterm elections. Rep. David ...

Activist Shawn Lang, former leader at AIDS Connecticut, dies

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shawn Lang, a longtime Connecticut activist for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as those impacted by opioid addiction and domestic abuse, has died. She was 65. Lang's unexpected death on Sunday , confirmed to the Hartford Courant by her 24-year-old son Corbett ...

Trump files lawsuit to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to a House committee investigating the attack, challenging President Joe Biden's initial decision to waive executive privilege. In a federal lawsuit, ...

‘A dangerous time’: Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It was nearly last call on a Friday when Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez went to get a drink across the street from the tavern where he worked in northwest Portland — an area with a thriving dining scene, where citygoers enjoy laid-back eateries, international cuisines and ...

EXPLAINER: How lawmakers are investigating the Jan. 6 riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee tasked with investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been ramping up its efforts in recent weeks, issuing subpoenas to nearly 20 individuals, including four of former President Donald Trump's advisers and associates. Lawmakers on the ...

Biden’s dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want? But increasingly the answer is crystal clear. The conservative West Virginia Democrat wants to dismantle President Joe Biden's proposed climate change strategies and social services expansion in ways that are ...

QAnon figure says he’s running for congress to fix elections

PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, one of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, said Monday he is running for Congress in Arizona because the state is at the forefront of the fight by many Republicans over the 2020 election results. Watkins, a prominent promoter of false ...

Jan. 6 panel plans contempt vote as Trump sues over probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is moving swiftly Tuesday to hold at least one of Donald Trump's allies in contempt as the former president is pushing back on the probe in a new lawsuit. Trump is aggressively trying to block the ...

District attorneys refuse to prosecute some GOP-led laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Republican lawmakers in Tennessee blocked a policy to ease up on low-level marijuana cases, Nashville's top prosecutor decided on a workaround: He just didn't charge anyone with the crime. Meanwhile, in Georgia, the Gwinnett County solicitor vowed not to punish ...

Deadline arrives for unvaccinated Washington state workers

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Monday is the final day for thousands of workers in Washington who want to keep their jobs to prove they've been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Washington's vaccine mandate, issued by Gov. Jay Inslee in August, is believed to be among the strictest in the nation and ...

Why COVID boosters weren’t tweaked to better match variants

More COVID-19 booster shots may be on the way -- but when it's your turn, you'll get an extra dose of the original vaccine, not one updated to better match the extra-contagious delta variant. And that has some experts wondering if the booster campaign is a bit of a missed opportunity to target ...

DC suspends most of its Metro trains over safety issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday morning over a lingering problem with the wheels and axles that caused a dramatic derailing last week. The ruling promises to complicate daily travel and commutes ...

Industrial production falls 1.3% as effects from Ida linger

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 1.3% in September, much more than expected as the lingering effects of Hurricane Ida continue to stymie activity. The Federal Reserve reported Monday that nearly half, or 0.6%, of the overall decline in total industrial production was ...

Disney delays ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ ‘Black Panther 2’ releases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is pushing back the release dates of many of its upcoming titles, including the untitled Indiana Jones movie and the Black Panther sequel "Wakanda Forever." The company said Monday that the fifth Indiana Jones, a James Mangold-directed and Steven ...

Automakers step up pace on electric vehicle battery plants

DETROIT (AP) — Global automakers and tech companies are stepping up the pace when it comes to building factories and prepare for what many believe will be a fast-moving transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles. On Monday, Toyota, Stellantis, Foxconn, Ford and Volvo ...

Lawmakers give Amazon ‘final chance’ to clear up testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are threatening to seek a criminal investigation of Amazon, saying the tech giant has a "final chance" to correct its executives' previous testimony on its competition practices. The lawmakers sent a letter Monday to Amazon President and CEO Andy Jassy ...