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President Joe Biden defends the importance of vaccine mandates at an event in an unfinished data center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, on Oct. 7, 2021.

An unusual session of arguments is on the horizon as the Supreme Court meets to consider vaccine mandates for large private companies and health care workers, a linchpin of the U.S. strategy for overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed over 800,000 Americans. Read more»

Ohio’s attorney general, along with others including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, filed suit Monday seeking to halt implementation of a Biden administration policy allowing family planning to clinics that make abortion referrals to again receive federal funds. Read more»

Counties in Texas can choose between hiring an independent elections administrator, who is meant to be insulated from political pressures, or letting a county official, often an elected county clerk, run elections.

Michele Carew, who had overseen scores of elections during her 14-year career as an elections administrator in North Texas, submitted her resignation Friday, following a monthslong effort by residents and officials loyal to former President Donald Trump to force her out of office. Read more»

In 1976, a few years after OSHA was created, Congress attached a rider to the agency’s budget that exempted farms with 10 or fewer employees from enforcement. It shields farm owners from accountability when their workers die in preventable accidents. Read more»

The U.S. Department of Labor reported 6.6 million people applied for unemployment insurance benefits over the last week—roughly 2% of the country’s population.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported 6.6 million people applied for unemployment insurance benefits over the last week—roughly 2% of the country’s population. Read more»

The CDC’s main coronavirus webpage is offered in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

On March 16, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public alert aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The problem: For days, it was in English only – leaving millions of non-English speakers in the U.S. without direct guidance from the federal government amid the deadly and fast-moving pandemic. Read more»

Everyone age 60 and older is at high risk of complications from COVID-19 and should adopt measures to limit contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Read more»

Romney campaigning in Lebanon, Ohio, on Oct. 13.

Ohioans may be forgiven for thinking that they are the only game in town as Election Day nears. Now, allegations are swirling that Ohio votes will be counted using experimental software, maintained by a firm with ties to Romney. Read more»

An Alabama resident fills out a voter registration form outside a deli in Pratt City, Ala.

With roughly 60 days until the November election, President Barack Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee are preparing for a flurry of voter ID changes in swing states. Watch video Read more» 3

Lori Duff with her baby, Henry, and son, Logan, at home in Columbus, Ohio.

Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, has sued nearly 1,600 people in county court between 2009 and 2011. Most of them were patients who were unable to pay their medical bills. Read more»

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters after his victory speech Tuesday at the Westin at Copley Plaza in Boston.

Turnout was so light for Super Tuesday, the vote appears less than convincing. Read more»

An Ohio family blames Waggin' Train Jerky Treats for their dog's death and puppy's kidney failure. The FDA first issued a warning about the product in 2007.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is reminding dog owners to be cautious with the treats they feed their canine companions after a dog died in Ohio after eating treats made in China. Read more»

A man carries a weapon during a gun rights rally in Campbell, Ohio, in April 2010.

Seven years after Ohio first allowed citizens to carry concealed weapons, more than a quarter-million Ohioans have concealed carry permits. People debate the impact, although the fact that the identity of the permit holders is off limits to the general public makes that tough. Read more»

The political news last week weaves a single narrative—the decline of the Tea Party. Whether in Tucson's elections or the GOP race to pick a presidential nominee, the right wing is on the ropes. Read more» 4

A woman accused of spraying sheriff's deputies with breast milk has been sentenced to two years of probation. (with video) Read more»

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