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Student loan company accused of predatory lending cops to $1.85 billion deal

Navient Corp. committed Thursday to canceling $1.7 billion in private student loans for 66,000 borrowers in Arizona and across the country as part of settlement over lending practices and payment plans said to be abusive and predatory. ... Read more»0

FDA greenlights Pfizer boosters for young teens

The Food and Drug Administration moved Monday to allow children as young as 12 to receive booster shots of Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 and the winter surge of the coronavirus Omicron variant. ... Read more»0

With Latina and Black nominees, Biden unveils 10 new court picks

President Joe Biden put 10 people on the path to the bench Wednesday, including one nominee who, if confirmed, would be the only Black woman serving the Northern District of California as an active U.S. district judge. ... Read more»0

White House unveils plan to vaccinate young kids against COVID

Having secured enough vaccines for all 28 million Americans ages 5 to 11, the White House released its plans Wednesday to make Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible to as many of these children as possible at pediatrician's offices, pharmacies and schools. ... Read more»0

FDA expected to greenlight mix-and-match COVID boosters

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to let Americans mix and match booster shots as all are relatively effective at boosting immunity regardless of patients’ original vaccinations, the New York Times reported, saying that the agency may make it official later this week. ... Read more»0

Biden administration moves to curtail 'forever chemicals'

In an effort to better protect Americans – especially those in underserved communities – from toxic compounds called “forever chemicals” for their resistance to dissolution, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a roadmap to new regulations Monday. ... Read more»0

Biden administration taking Texas abortion ban to top court

Just one day after the Fifth Circuit held that Texas’ near-total ban on abortions would remain in effect while it is challenged in court, the Justice Department said it intends to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the stay of the preliminary injunction against Texas Senate Bill 8.... Read more»0

Pfizer seeking FDA approval to vaccinate children ages 5 and up

A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has proved highly safe and effective in kids ages 5 to 11, the pharmaceutical companies said Monday alongside highly anticipated trial results that show the vaccine produced robust antibody responses in children. ... Read more»0

President Biden tells rich to 'pay your fair share'

President Joe Biden on Thursday bit back at Republicans who’d described his economic recovery plan as excessive spending, pointing to their support of his predecessor’s nearly $2 trillion in tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthy. ... Read more»0

Biden resumes spree of nominations to break barriers on the bench

Announcing nine appointments to the federal bench, the White House touted President Joe Biden on Wednesday for continuing a judicial-nominating commitment that recognizes diverse professional and racial backgrounds. ... Read more»0

Biden proposes new asylum system for crossings at Mexico border

Facing more than a million backlogged cases, the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department wants to update how it handles people seeking asylum at the U.S. - Mexico border.... Read more»0

CDC says vaccinated kids & teachers don’t need COVID masks at school

Emphasizing that returning for in-person learning is a priority, the CDC announced Friday that vaccinated teachers and students no longer have to mask up in the classroom - only a day after publication of a study that says one dose of a two-part vaccine regimen does not offer enough protection against the Delta variant of the virus.... Read more»0

Biden taps 6 for judgeships in 3rd nominating spurt

112 days into his first term, the president is now up to 20 judicial nominations from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, which the administration says is more candidates at this point into his first term than any other president in modern American history.... Read more»0

Endangered jaguar at crux of new border-wall fight

Three environmental groups challenging the border wall between the United States and Mexico argued Tuesday in a federal complaint that the plan will completely kill off a population of jaguar.... Read more»0