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The Biden administration on Friday issued a long-awaited blueprint for overhauling oil and gas development on federal lands that includes boosting royalty rates despite high gasoline prices that have spurred demands to accelerate domestic production. The Interior Department report recommends higher fees and more limits on federal oil and gas leasing to better account for climate change and ...

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PRAGUE — Czech President Milos Zeman was back in the hospital, this time with a coronavirus infection, hours after his release from a weeks-long stay that has caused the country's political transition to stutter. A spokesperson confirmed that Zeman, 77, has tested positive for the virus and will have to cancel his official program, which included a meeting to officially appoint the country's ...

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A federal appeals court has reinstated Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on school mask mandates while it weighs whether the edict violates the rights of students with disabilities. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to put a lower judge’s order striking down the ban on hold while it considers the state’s appeal. The administrative ...

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Governments’ get-tough approach on the unvaccinated may be slowly having an impact on some of the holdouts in Eastern Europe. In Bulgaria, where fewer than one quarter of the population is fully inoculated against the coronavirus, the number of weekly shots delivered has tripled in the past month. The catalyst? A new edict that proof of vaccination or a negative test is needed for bars, ...

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LOS ANGELES — Early demand for the COVID-19 vaccine for young children has been startlingly uneven in California, with some areas embracing the shots and others much slower to accept them, a Times data analysis has found. It’s a pattern that has experts concerned and could have serious implications for how a coronavirus winter surge could spread through various regions of the state. In San ...

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The White House’s latest effort to tackle the difficult problem of suicide among the military and veterans may be the comprehensive approach that’s sorely needed. It could help a lot of people here in Hampton Roads and across the nation. The new strategy, announced the week before Veterans Day, is promising and deserves support. Skeptics will be forgiven, since we’ve heard a lot of this ...

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Overpriced doctors and other medical providers who can’t charge a reasonable rate for their services could be put out of business when new rules against surprise medical bills take effect in January, and that’s a good thing, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told KHN, in defending the regulations. The proposed rules represent the Biden administration’s plan to carry out the No ...

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Millions of Americans will return to the Thanksgiving table this week for the first time in two years, with vaccines and boosters in their arms and rapid tests at their disposal. But as the holiday season kicks off and temperatures approach freezing across much of the nation, families are huddling indoors at a time COVID-19 is accelerating at a disturbing pace. After steadily dropping over the ...