Senate Democrats’ $3.5T Budget Deal Backs up Biden’s Goals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have taken a major step toward meeting President Joe Biden’s proposals for massive spending on government programs for climate change, health care, family services and more. Lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday night to pour $3.5 trillion over the next decade into Biden’s proposals. Included is money to expand Medicare coverage…

‘The Crown,’ ‘Mandalorian’ top Emmy nominations with 24 each

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Crown” tied with “The Mandalorian” for the most Emmy nominations Tuesday, 24 each, but the Marvel universe also got bragging rights with runner-up “WandaVision.” The nominations reinforced the rapid rise of streaming, with the top-nominated scripted shows on services that largely emerged in the past two years. In the top…

Hungary activists vow to resist LGBT law, symbol of EU rift

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Activists in Hungary have erected a large rainbow-colored heart opposite the country’s neo-Gothic parliament, vowing to wage a civil disobedience campaign against a new law that they say discriminates against LGBT people and that has raised questions about what values the European Union stands for. The law came into effect Thursday…

Official: Haiti President Jovenel Moïse Assassinated at Home

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Hatii (AP) — An official says Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been assassinated after a group of unidentified people attacked his private residence. Interim Premier Claude Joseph says First Lady Martine Moïse is hospitalized. Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.” He said Haiti’s National Police and other authorities had…