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Judge blocks U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rule for health workers in 10 states

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Nov 29 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday blocked in 10 states a Biden administration vaccine requirement, finding the agency that issued the rule mandating healthcare workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus likely exceeded its authority. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp in St. Louis prevents the......

Biden administration seeks to reinstate workplace COVID vaccine rule

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A syringe is filled with a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up community vaccination center at the Gateway World Christian Center in Valley Stream, New York, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register Nov 23 (Reuters) – The Biden administration......

90% of U.S. federal employees have received at least one COVID-19 dose -White House

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WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The White House confirmed on Monday that more than 90% of the 3.5 million federal employees covered by a presidential COVID-19 vaccine mandate had received at least one dose ahead of a Monday deadline. In total, the administration has deemed that 95% of federal workers......

Washington state, in $95 billion opioid trial, blames drug distributors for crisis

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Nov 15 (Reuters) – Washington state’s attorney general on Monday argued that three large drug distributors’ excessive shipments of pain pills helped create the U.S. opioid epidemic, calling it the “worst man-made public health crisis in history,” at the start of a trial seeking $95 billion from the companies. Washington......

Johnson & Johnson to split into two to focus on drugs

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Nov 12 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) plans to spin off its consumer health division that sells Listerine and Baby Powder to focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices in the biggest shake-up in the U.S. company’s 135-year history. The move by the world’s largest health products company comes hot......

Lawsuit over Subway tuna now says chicken, pork, cattle DNA were detected

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Nov 11 (Reuters) – A new version of a lawsuit accusing Subway of deceiving the public about its tuna products said lab testing shows they contain animal proteins such as chicken, pork and cattle, and not the advertised “100% tuna.” Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin filed a third version of......

U.S. Justice Dept launches environmental probe into Alabama wastewater disposal

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Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday launched an environmental justice investigation into whether Alabama’s wastewater disposal practices discriminate......

Oklahoma court overturns $465 mln opioid judgment against J&J

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Nov 9 (Reuters) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) in a lawsuit by the statealleging the drugmaker fueled the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers. The decision marked the latest setback for states and local governments pursuing......

Analysis: U.S. abortion curbs: Fearing business impact, companies speak out

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More U.S. companies take a stand in abortion debate Issue seen part of diversity, social responsibility stance Firms struggle to fill jobs in post-COVID-19 rebound The company and law firm names shown above are generated automatically based on the text of the article. We are improving this feature as we......

New marijuana decriminalization effort weighed in U.S. House -report

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WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and establish a tax on cannabis sales was being developed by Republican Representative Nancy Mace with the goal of introducing it in the U.S. House of Representatives later this month, according to media reports. Marijuana Moment reported that the bill......

EXCLUSIVE Boeing U.S. worker vaccine exemption requests top 11,000 -sources

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SEATTLE, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The number of Boeing Co (BA.N) employees seeking a vaccine exemption on religious or medical grounds has reached more than 11,000 – or nearly 9% of its U.S. workforce – a level many times higher than executives initially estimated, people familiar with the matter told......

U.S. Democrats pass $1 trln infrastructure bill, ending daylong standoff

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WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – After a daylong standoff, Democrats set aside divisions between progressives and centrists to pass a $1 trillion package of highway, broadband and other infrastructure improvement, sending it on to President Joe Biden to sign into law. The 228-to-206 vote late on Friday is a substantial......

Republican governors lead attack on Biden vaccine mandate

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Nov 5 (Reuters) – Republican governors began filing lawsuits on Friday to stop the Biden administration’s requirement that nearly 2 million U.S. employers get workers tested or vaccinated for COVID-19, saying it trampled civil liberties. After President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said on Thursday he will enforce the mandate starting......

Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private-sector workers to begin Jan. 4

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WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will enforce a federal mandate that workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting on Jan. 4, a reprieve to businesses facing labor shortages during the holiday season, U.S. officials said on......

From Boeing to Mercedes, a U.S. worker rebellion swells over vaccine mandates

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AUSTIN/SEATTLE, Nov 2 (Reuters) – In Wichita, Kansas, nearly half of the roughly 10,000 employees at aircraft companies Textron Inc (TXT.N) and Spirit AeroSystems (SPR.N) remain unvaccinated against COVID-19, risking their jobs in defiance of a federal mandate, according to a union official. “We’re going to lose a lot of......

U.S. Supreme Court justices question tough Texas abortion law

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WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared to be leaning toward allowing a challenge brought by abortion providers to a Republican-backed law that imposes a near-total ban on the procedure and lets private citizens enforce it. The justices were hearing separate challenges by President Joe......

U.S. Supreme Court rejects religious challenge to Maine vaccine mandate

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WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday turned away healthcare workers seeking a religious exemption to Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the latest battle over vaccination to reach the justices. The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, rejected a request made by nine unnamed plaintiffs......

Accused U.S. Capitol rioter made false medical claims in jail, prosecutors say

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WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors said on Wednesday that an accused participant in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump made false claims about his medical needs while in jail awaiting trial. That came two weeks after a judge ruled......

U.S. Supreme Court takes up Texas abortion case, lets ban remain

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Oct 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on Nov. 1 a challenge to a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on the procedure and lets private citizens enforce it – a case that could dramatically curtail abortion access in the United States if......

U.S. Supreme Court’s Sotomayor allows New York school vaccine mandate

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday refused to block New York City’s requirement that its public school teachers and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Sotomayor denied a challenge by four teachers and teaching assistants who sought to halt enforcement of the vaccine mandate while......

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