International travel for Americans could open up in some countries this summer

With summer almost upon us and families looking to travel for vacation, countries around the world are still wary about letting international travelers across their borders. But recent statements from the European Commission, as well as signs from some other…

Emergency first responders doing vital but dangerous work during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency first responders’ efforts have increased in both necessity and danger. Emergency medical services workers are some of the most vulnerable front-line workers, but they have gone almost unnoticed in reporting about front-line workers during the pandemic.

Listeria outbreak in Mexican-style soft cheese prompts recall

An ongoing listeria outbreak in Queso Fresco, Quesilla and Requeson cheeses threatens 26 states on the East Coast and the Midwest, with at least four positive cases and one death in Maryland. Currently, the source is believed to be from El Abuelito Cheese Inc., which has recalled the cheeses listed above, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration continue to investigate.

Democrats in Congress pressure Biden to address student loan debt crisis

Democrats in the House and the Senate have introduced bills that call upon President Biden to forgive student loan debt, which they argue is widening the racial and gender wage gaps and exacerbating the economic problems already worsened by the pandemic.

Van Hollen, other lawmakers want to block permanent U.S. Capitol fencing

The United States Capitol has been surrounded by fencing since just after the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the building, but Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen and other lawmakers want to make sure the barriers do not become permanent. “We…

Consumer groups ask for more targeted poultry inspections to curb contamination

In a petition submitted to the Agriculture Department, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Reports, the Consumer Federation of America and STOP Foodborne Illness are urging the USDA to prevent the continued contamination of poultry with salmonella and campylobacter, two of the most common causes of food-borne illness in the United States.

Trump’s defense opens and closes; Senate may vote on conviction Saturday

Former president Donald Trump’s legal team began and completed their defense on Friday, arguing that their client’s words were protected by the First Amendment, that he was not given fair access to due process and that impeaching him would set…

On bipartisan vote, Senate declares Trump trial constitutional; arguments start Wednesday

WASHINGTON – On a bipartisan vote of 56-44, the U.S. Senate Tuesday asserted the constitutionality of its right to try former President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol. The vote cleared the way for an historic…