U.S. Senate approves bill to fight climate change, cut drug costs in win for Biden

U.S. Senate approves bill to fight climate change, cut drug costs in win for Biden

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Sunday passed a sweeping $430 billion bill intended to fight climate change, lower drug prices and raise some corporate taxes, a major victory for President Joe Biden that Democrats hope will aid their chances of keeping control of Congress in this year’s elections. After a marathon, … Read more

Senate Democrats battle to pass $430 billion climate, drug bill

Senate Democrats battle to pass 0 billion climate, drug bill

WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Saturday began debating a Democratic bill to address key elements of President Joe Biden’s agenda – tackling climate change, lowering the costs of medication for the elderly and energy, while forcing corporations and the wealthy to pay more taxes. The debate began after the Senate voted … Read more

Amazon’s connected device cart grows with $1.7 billion deal for Roomba maker

Amazon’s connected device cart grows with .7 billion deal for Roomba maker

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) will acquire the maker of robot vacuum cleaner iRobot Corp (IRBT.O) in an all-cash deal for about $1.7 billion, in the latest push by the world’s largest online retailer to expand its cart of smart home devices. Amazon will pay $61 per share, valuing the Roomba-maker at a … Read more

Tesla shareholders broadly follow board recommendations at annual meeting

Tesla shareholders broadly follow board recommendations at annual meeting

Aug 4 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) shareholders voted for board recommendations on most issues at the company’s annual meeting on Thursday, including re-electing directors, approving a stock split, while rejecting proposals focused on environment and governance. Votes on three of the 13 proposals did not follow board recommendations, according to preliminary tallies presented at … Read more

U.S. declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency

U.S. declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency

Aug 4 (Reuters) – The United States has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, the health secretary said on Thursday, a move expected to free up additional funding and tools to fight the disease. The U.S. tally topped 6,600 on Wednesday, almost all of the cases among men who have sex with men. “We’re prepared … Read more

South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s health regulator reported on Thursday a causal link between the death of an individual and Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been made in the country. The person presented with rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome soon after being given … Read more

Polio found in New York wastewater as state urges vaccinations

Polio found in New York wastewater as state urges vaccinations

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The polio virus was present in wastewater in a New York City suburb a month before health officials there announced a confirmed case of the disease last month, state health officials said on Monday, urging residents to be sure they have been vaccinated. The discovery of the disease from wastewater … Read more

Stephen King going to bat for U.S. gov’t in case against book publishing mega-merger

Stephen King going to bat for U.S. gov’t in case against book publishing mega-merger

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge on Monday to block a $2.2 billion merger of two of the “Big Five” book publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, in a trial that is expected to feature testimony from horror writer Stephen King. “It’s real money for real … Read more

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday in what the White House doctor described as a “rebound” case seen in a small percentage of patients who take the antiviral drug Paxlovid. Biden, 79, who emerged from COVID isolation on Wednesday after testing positive on July 21, … Read more

Austria mourns suicide of doctor targetted by anti-COVID vaccine campaigners

Austria mourns suicide of doctor targetted by anti-COVID vaccine campaigners

ZURICH, July 30 (Reuters) – Austrian leaders appealed for national unity after a doctor who faced death threats from anti-vaccination activists and coronavirus pandemic conspiracy theorists took her own life. “Let’s put an end to this intimidation and fear mongering. Hate and intolerance have no place in our Austria,” President Alexander Van der Bellen said, … Read more