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President Joe Biden has signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill into law. It is the “final piece” of the president’s streamlined national platform as he aims to strengthen his party’s standing with voters ahead of the midterm elections.

The legislation includes the largest federal investment ever to address climate change – some $375 billion over a decade. It also caps prescription drug costs at $2,000 a year for Medicare beneficiaries and helps about 13 million Americans pay for health insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic.

Alaska’s primary on Tuesday will feature two elections. In one, Alaskans have their first chance to use preferential choice voting in a statewide election in a United States House special election in which Sarah Palin seeks to return to her elected duties. The other election is the state primary in which the top four voters in the races for the United States Senate, House, Governor and Legislature will qualify for the general election.

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a leader of the Republican resistance to former President Donald Trump, is fighting to save her House seat on Tuesday.

US officials have announced that two US states that depend on water from the Colorado River will face more water cuts as they experience extreme drought. The decision affecting Arizona and Nevada came on Tuesday as officials predict levels at Lake Mead, the largest U.S. reservoir, will drop even more than they have.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for having a cellphone in his back pocket during a game last week.

Authorities say people were injured in a shooting that led to the closure of a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis police said the six people were shot shortly after midnight by people in a black SUV near Methodist North Hospital.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a man shot and killed a bear that had entered his home looking for food early Saturday morning. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Rachael Gonzalez said Monday the nearly 400-pound bear knocked down a lever gate and found dog food inside the home at the ski resort. of Steamboat Springs.

US regulators have finalized a long-awaited rule that should allow millions of Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription. The rule announced by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday will go into effect this fall.

Elvis Presley’s birthplace and museum in Mississippi is seeing growing numbers of visitors as fans commemorate the 45th anniversary of Presley’s death. The king of rock ‘n’ roll died on August 16, 1977 at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms”. The first lady is vacationing with President Joe Biden in South Carolina and began experiencing symptoms on Monday.

Home Depot sales increased in its fiscal second quarter, driven by continued demand for items related to home improvement projects. Revenue for the three months ended July 31 rose 6.5% to $43.79 billion.

General Motors is recalling more than 484,000 large SUVs in the United States to address an issue that may cause third row seat belts to malfunction. The recall affects 2021 and 2022 Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes, Cadillac Escalades and GMC Yukons.

-The Associated Press

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