The United States will re-open to air passengers from China, India, Britain and many other European countries who have received Covid-19 vaccines in early November, the White House said Monday, rolling back tough pandemic-related travel restrictions that started early last year. Stay here for real time updates from across the US that you can't miss:Read Less
Airline sector relieved over lifting of US travel ban
The United States’ decision to lift restrictions on incoming travellers vaccinated against Covid-19 was met with a sigh of a relief by the global airline sector, which has been dealt a body blow by the pandemic.
US hurricane damage to cut Shell oil output through year-end
Trial set for Texas officer who shot Black woman in her home
A date has been set for the trial of a former Fort Worth police officer who was charged with murder after shooting a Black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door in 2019.
Stocks drop the most since May on worries over China, Fed
Stocks on Wall Street closed sharply lower Monday, mirroring losses overseas and handing the S&P 500 index its biggest drop in four months. Worries about heavily indebted Chinese real estate developers _ and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default _ rippled across markets. Investors are also concerned that the US Federal Reserve could signal this week that it’s planning to pull back some of the support measures it’s been giving markets and the economy.
Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate tests positive for Covid-19
Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor Rebecca Kleefisch tested positive for Covid-19 after being exposed at church earlier this month, her campaign said Monday. Kleefisch is a cancer survivor and a former two-term lieutenant governor. She is seeking to take on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers next year. Kleefisch launched her campaign on Sept. 9 and has been on the campaign trail since.
Republican Dean Heller announces run for governor of Nevada
Republican Dean Heller announced plans to run for governor in Nevada on Monday, declaring he would oppose government mandates on masks and vaccines and tighten voting laws if elected to lead the battleground state. The one-time Nevada Secretary of State and US Senator has historically positioned himself as a moderate and drawn attention for high-profile clashes with former President Donald Trump. His Monday remarks _ including those in support of voter ID laws and a new Texas law that restricts abortions _ signal his preparedness to push issues galvanizing the Republican base.
The US will restore its global leadership in resettling the world’s most vulnerable. This is critical to US foreign policy and national security objectives, and reflects America's core values. I look forward to my upcoming consultations with Congress on this matter
To address the needs generated by humanitarian crises worldwide, the Biden Administration proposes resettling up to 125,000 refugees in the US next year: Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Texas doctor says he defied state’s near-total abortion ban
A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law has all but dared supporters of the state’s near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him by filing a lawsuit _ the only way the restrictions can be enforced. The state’s largest anti-abortion group said Monday that it’s looking into the matter after Dr. Alan Braid in a weekend Washington Post opinion column became the first Texas abortion provider to publicly reveal he violated the law that took effect on Sept. 1. The law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, which is usually around six weeks and before some women even know they are pregnant. Prosecutors cannot take criminal action against Braid, because the law explicitly forbids that. The only way the ban can be enforced is through lawsuits brought by private citizens, who are entitled to claim at least $10,000 in damages if successful.
Foundation pledges $30.5M for vaccine inequity
Aiming to pressure wealthy countries to boost their investment in global Covid-19 vaccine sharing, the Open Society Foundations is devoting a new $30.5 million pledge to address inequity in the distribution of the live saving shots.
President Biden seeks to increase number of refugees admitted to US, State department says
President Joe Biden's administration wants to nearly double the number of refugees admitted to the United States yearly to 125,000 during the fiscal year starting on October 1, according to a statement from the State Department. Read full story
Democrats’ time crunch tightens after immigration move blocked
Democrats in the US Congress were scrambling on Monday to find another way to include immigration reform in a sweeping $3.5 trillion social spending bill after a Senate arbiter said their first proposal broke the chamber’s rules. The ruling was the latest in a series of stumbling blocks President Joe Biden’s party faces as it enters a critical few weeks before a Sept. 27 vote on a $1 trillion Senate-approved infrastructure bill. Also ahead is an Oct. 1 deadline to continue funding the federal government and the threat later in the month that the government will breach its borrowing cap, risking default on U.S. payment obligations.
Oklahoma sets first executions since putting lethal injections on hold 6 years ago following series of mishaps
Wisconsin election investigator warns of subpoenas
he retired conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice leading a Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election released a video Monday threatening to subpoena election officials who don’t comply and saying the intent was not to overturn President Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the battleground state.
Prosecutors rest case against R. Kelly after month of testimony
US prosecutors on Monday rested their sex trafficking case against R. Kelly, after a month of often disturbing and graphic testimony from people who accused the R&B star of sexually abusing women and girls.
US launches mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas
More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, US officials said Monday as they defended a strong response that included immediately deporting migrants to their impoverished Caribbean country and using horse patrols to stop them from entering the town.
US securities regulator probing Activision over workplace practices
The US securities regulator is investigating Activision Blizzard’s handling of employees’ allegations of sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the investigation and documents viewed by it.
France seeks European support after submarine deal surprise
France canceled meetings with British and Australian officials and is trying to rally EU allies behind its push for more European sovereignty after being humiliated by a major Pacific defense pact orchestrated by the US. Read full story
Twitter to pay $809.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit
Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform. Read full story
Democrats to include suspension of U.S. debt limit in funding bill
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that Democrats will include a suspension of the debt limit to 2022 in legislation to fund the federal government.