Summary of Reuters national news in the United States

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Union gets representation in the second Starbucks store in the United States

A Starbucks coffee shop in Buffalo, New York, has become Starbucks Corp’s second unionized location in the United States after the Federal Labor Commission certified the results of last month’s election on Monday. Baristas at the company’s cafes in at least seven other cities have said since last fall they also want to organize.

Gambian and Bronx communities step up to help New York fire victims

Volunteers at the Gambia Youth Organization headquarters, located a few blocks from the building where a weekend fire killed 17 people, sorted through piles of clothes, shoes, food and drink to be donated to shelters for people displaced by the disaster as more donations arrived on Monday. “We came together because the whole community is our family,” volunteer Amara Touray said as members of the neighborhood’s African and Latino communities, some with children, carried cartloads of donations. “We are all affected, not just Gambians but all members of the community.”

Last year was the fourth hottest on record in the United States, report says

2021 ranked as the fourth hottest year on record for the United States, with December 2021 being the hottest December on record, with the country hit by 20 separate billion-dollar disasters , according to a preview of a government report released on Monday. The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) analysis came hours after European Union scientists said last year was the fifth hottest on record globally, adding to the evidence indicating the long-term global warming trend.

U.S. Mint Rolls Out Quarters Featuring Late Author and Activist Maya Angelou

The United States Mint has begun rolling out quarters featuring late American author and activist Maya Angelou, the first black woman to appear on the coin. The coin is part of the American Women Quarters program, which also includes Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star, the U.S. Mint announced Monday.

US breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations at over 132,000 as Omicron surges

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States hit a record high on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as a rise in infections caused by the highly contagious variant of Omicron strains healthcare systems in several states . There were 132,646 people hospitalized with COVID, surpassing the record of 132,051 set in January last year.

Biden to push Senate rule change in bid to pass Voting Rights Act

US President Joe Biden will launch an effort on Tuesday to weaken rules that allow a minority group of senators to kill proposed laws, arguing that democracy is in jeopardy unless new suffrage legislation is passed, the White House said. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will speak on Tuesday in Atlanta, a majority black city and capital of the battleground state of Georgia, where Democrats won two crucial U.S. Senate seats in January 2021. Since then , Republican state lawmakers passed dozens of state election laws nationwide in response to former President Donald Trump’s false claims that he lost the 2020 election due to voter fraud. Democrats say state laws will make it harder for minorities to participate in elections.

American recovering from ‘breakthrough’ pig heart transplant

An American man with terminal heart disease had a genetically modified pig’s heart implanted in a groundbreaking surgery, and three days later the patient is doing well, his doctors reported Monday. The surgery, performed by a team from the Medical University of Maryland, is among the first to demonstrate the feasibility of pig-to-human heart transplantation, an area made possible by new gene-editing tools.

Democrats urge Biden to grant deportation waiver to at least 2 million immigrants

U.S. Senate Democrats are urging the Biden administration to allow at least 2 million immigrants to the country to illegally overstay and prevent their deportation to countries of origin where natural disasters and crises prevent their safe return security. They want President Joe Biden, a fellow Democrat, to take executive action to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Central American immigrants from Guatemala and expand eligibility to those from El Salvador, Honduras and the Nicaragua.

Robert Durst, estate heir convicted of murder, dead at 78

Robert Durst, the multi-millionaire estate heir who was serving a life sentence for murder in California and was the prime suspect in two other murders over the past four decades, has died in prison aged 78, a his lawyer’s office announced on Monday. Chip Lewis’ law firm told Reuters he died of natural causes, while Lewis told the New York Times that Durst suffered cardiac arrest and died at San Joaquin General Hospital, where he had been taken for testing.

US graduates sue Yale, Columbia and other schools for financial aid

Five American college graduates have sued 16 major American universities, including Yale, Columbia and the University of Chicago, accusing them of colluding to limit financial aid to undergraduate students in violation of antitrust laws. The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status, saying the collusion limited price competition and caused 170,000 financial aid recipients to be overcharged by hundreds of millions of dollars over two decades.

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