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Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Congress riven along party lines approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Democrats...
THE R.I. SENATE has passed a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Should Rhode Island gradually increase its minimum wage to $15 an...

The state Senate on Feb. 10 approved a gradual increase in Rhode Island’s minimum wage from $11.50 to $15 per hour by 2025. Proponents say...
House Republicans shot have rejected a proposal to include $2,000 direct payments to most Americans in the new COVID-19 relief bill. / AP FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARNIK

Republicans block $2,000 virus checks despite Trump demand

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans shot down a Democratic bid on Thursday to pass President Donald Trump's longshot, end-of-session demand for $2,000 direct payments...
CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS have hashed out a massive, year-end catchall bill that combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. / AP FILE PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN

$900B COVID relief bill passed by Congress, sent to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to...
TOP CAPITAL HILL negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. / AP FILE PHOTO/JOSE LUIS MAGANA

Congress seals agreement on $900 billion COVID relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – After months of Washington gridlock, Congress is set to act on a $900 billion pandemic relief package, finally delivering long-sought cash...

AP survey: States uncommitted to Trump’s unemployment boost

President Donald Trump’s plan to offer a stripped-down boost in unemployment benefits to millions of Americans amid the coronavirus outbreak has found little traction...

Extra $600 for the unemployed is high, but vital

Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a $600 bump on top of state benefits in their weekly unemployment...

Highlights of Congress’ economic relief plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partial highlights of a roughly $2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by...

Trump’s wall threatens the nation’s defenses

Kudos to the Pentagon for shedding more light on an enduring mystery of Donald Trump’s administration: Who will pay for building a wall along...

For blacks, housing crisis endures

Here’s one way the 2008 financial crisis is still very much with us: For black Americans, homeownership is more out of reach than it...

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