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Whistleblower Haugen Says Facebook Makes Online Hate Worse

LONDON (AP) — Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told British lawmakers Monday that the social media giant stokes online hate and extremism, fails to protect children from harmful content and lacks any incentive to fix the problems, providing momentum for efforts by European…

US Budget Deficit Hits $2.77 Trillion in 2021, 2nd Highest

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. budget deficit totaled $2.77 trillion for 2021, the second-highest on record but an improvement from the all-time high of $3.13 trillion in 2020. The deficits in both years reflected trillions of dollars in government spending…

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective in Kids

(AP) - Pfizer says kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine are safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in elementary school children. Details of the study were posted online Friday as U.S. regulators consider opening vaccinations to youngsters…

House Votes To Hold Trump Ally Steve Bannon in Contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Now…

US Regulators Lay Out Plan for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials are laying out plans to let most Americans buy hearing aids without a prescription. Tuesday's announcement is a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of Americans with hearing problems.…

Biden Team Asks Supreme Court to Pause Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure’s constitutionality plays out in the courts. The law has been in effect since September, aside…

Holiday Shipping Deadlines Announced for 2021

(CNN) - The nation's three largest package delivery services are out with their holiday shipping deadlines. The recommended final shipping days for the US Postal Service, Fed-Ex, and UPS are pretty…

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