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The world’s financial leaders agreed on Friday they would avoid a premature withdrawal of fiscal and monetary stimulus that they have been providing to the world economy to help it survive the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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A U.S. airstrike in Syria targeted facilities belonging to a powerful Iranian-backed Iraqi armed group, killing one fighter and wounding several others, an Iraqi militia official said Friday, signaling the first military action undertaken by U.S. President Joe Biden.

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian co...


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A senior Democratic lawmaker said there is a growing appetite for a new federal cybersecurity breach notification law in the wake of a sprawling series of digital intrusions blamed on the Russian government.

The comment, made by Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House’s Homeland Security Committee, comes as cybersecurity executives are facing their second round of congressional questions on Friday over their companies’ roles in the breach centered on Texas software company SolarWinds.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden is still committed to raising the U.S. minimum wage to $15 after a key Senate referee ruled the provision could not be included in the COVID-19 relief bill, a top White House economic adviser said on Friday.

White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, in an interview on MSNBC, said the administration was disappointed by the Senate parliamentarian’s Thursday ruling and would consult with congressional leaders about the path forward.


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Following the historic winter freeze that left millions of Texans without power or heat last week, Toyota Motor North America has pledged $1 million to aid recovery efforts.

On Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM), whose North American headquarters are based in Plano, Texas, said the funding will be spread among several non-profit organizations in North Texas, San Antonio and Houston, as well as used to provide direct payment relief to customers affected by the storm.


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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again denying allegations from a former top aide who accused him of intimidation and sexual harassment.

In a Medium post on Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan claimed the Democratic governor took an “uncomfortable” interest in her after she was appointed to a job in the administration’s economic development agency in 2015. 

“My boss soon informed me that the Governor had a ‘crush’ on me,” Boylan wrote.


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The Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

The Equality Act amends existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Supporters say the law before the House on Thursday is long overdue and would ensure that every person is treated equally under the law.


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More than 1.3 million people across over 200 counties in Texas still had issues with their water supply by Wednesday, but that was down sharply from recent days, a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said.

That figure compared with Tuesday’s 3.4 million, Monday’s 8 million and Sunday’s 9 million, or about a third of the state’s population.


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Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage.

Despite their paper-thin congressional majorities, Democratic leaders were poised to push the sweeping package through the House on Friday. They were hoping the Senate, where changes seem likely, would follow quickly enough to have legislation on President Joe Biden’s desk by mid-March.


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The United States this week will begin processing people held in the Matamoros migrant camp at the Texas border for entry into the country after the area was hit hard by severe weather, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday.

The camp, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, is home to about 1,000 migrants, most from Central America, hoping to be granted refuge across the border. They have endured sub-zero temperatures over the last week while living in flimsy tents.