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Hassan meets with Surgeon General nominee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Our country is facing the largest public health crisis in our ...

Pappas to provide tax assistance at Manchester office

MANCHESTER - As we enter the 2021 tax filing season, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced today that he will offer tax preparation help to community members at his Manchester District Office. Support will be available for those in low to moderate-income households, and underserved ...

Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive

ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents. In Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, less than ...

Online sign-ups complicate vaccine rollout for older people

DENVER (AP) — Howard Jones, who's 83, was on the phone for three to four hours every day trying to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine. Jones, who lives alone in Colorado Springs, doesn't have the internet, and that's made it much more difficult for him to make an appointment. It took him ...

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

SAO PAULO (AP) — Hospital staff and relatives of COVID-19 patients rushed to provide facilities with oxygen tanks just flown into the Amazon rainforest's biggest city as doctors chose which patients would breathe amid dwindling stocks and an effort to airlift some of them to other states. ...

China builds new quarantine center as virus cases rise

BEIJING (AP) — A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the annual Lunar New Year travel rush. State media on Friday showed crews leveling earth, pouring concrete and assembling ...

US budget deficit up 60.7% in first 3 months of budget year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's deficit in the first three months of the budget year was a record-breaking $572.9 billion, 60.7% higher than the same period a year ago, as spending to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic surged while revenue declined. The Treasury Department reported ...

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and evidence that the resurgent virus has caused a spike in layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never ...

Hassan meets with health and human services nominee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senate Finance Committee, today met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra. “The Department ...

Fed survey finds economy slowing in some areas of country

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of U.S. business conditions has found modest economic gains at the start of the year, although some parts of the country saw slowdowns stemming from a renewed surge of COVID-19 cases. The Fed report released Wednesday said that the bulk of the ...

Britain’s Johnson pledges UK vaccine program will run 24-7

LONDON (AP) — Britain's coronavirus vaccine program will operate around the clock seven days a week "as soon as we can," Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Wednesday as the U.K. accelerates efforts to inoculate millions of its most vulnerable people against coronavirus. Johnson said "at ...

Turkey approves China-based Sinovac vaccine’s emergency use

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities gave the go-ahead for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd. on Wednesday, paving the way for the rollout for Turkey's vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups. The ...

N.H. delegation reacts to impeachment

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster: “It is the solemn duty of Congress to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution and the American people and to serve as a check on the executive branch. It is in accordance with that duty that today, I supported the House resolution to impeach President Trump. As the ...