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The move reflects the agency’s recognition that the two-week quarantine rule is onerous for many people and that most of the public health benefit from quarantining people exposed to the virus can be gained with a more flexible approach. The CDC acknowledges that this new guidance involves a trade-off. The existing 14-day recommendation reflects the …

President Donald Trump, over the last 24 hours, has made one thing abundantly clear: His final few weeks in office will not be lacking in the legal drama and corruption concerns that have pervaded his presidency. After having already pardoned his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump has been discussing potential broad preemptive pardons …

Black Lives Matter movement at a crossroads as Biden prepares to take office By Tim Craig and Robert Klemko Activist John Sloan III saw the swell of White faces in Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of George Floyd in June and girded for the worst. He acknowledged it was a sign of progress, …

In a blue-blooded battle between two top-10 teams, No. 8 Michigan State claimed one of the most impressive wins of the young college basketball season by taking out No. 6 Duke 75-69 inside Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. The Spartans (3-0) started slow but successfully dug themselves out of an early 10-point first-half deficit by …

The Justice Department has been investigating whether intermediaries for a federal convict offered White House officials a bribe in exchange for a potential pardon or commutation from President Trump, according to court documents unsealed by a federal judge on Tuesday. The documents were heavily redacted, and it was unclear who may have been involved. Nothing …

The case is the latest legal twist in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s administration after several of his top advisers have been convicted of federal criminal charges and as the possibility rises of Trump giving pardons to those who’ve been loyal to him. The disclosure is in 20 pages of partially redacted documents …

Getty Images / Scott Olson US stocks gained on Tuesday as vaccine progress further boosted equities hit hardest by the pandemic. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite rose to record highs. Investors cheered Pfizer and BioNTech’s application for regulatory approval for their coronavirus vaccine in the European Union. If approved, the shot …

Wall Street bankers, and in particular those from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., have long held senior positions in the White House. Under President-elect Joe Biden, such roles are going to executives of BlackRock Inc. A former Goldman executive held the Treasury secretary post in three of the last four administrations, but the firm is absent …

With negotiations among congressional leaders at a standstill, senators in both parties have worked together for weeks on a proposal that could break the logjam. Several centrist lawmakers in the Senate — including Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) — held a …

Debenhams, which collapsed into administration in April for the second time in 12 months, said in a statement on Tuesday that it has been unable to find a buyer and will begin to wind down operations. Its 124 UK outlets and online store — employing 12,000 people — will trade to clear stock, after which …