Puerto Rico’s shattered power grid could become a ‘big experiment’ for Biden

A pair of hurricanes and an earthquake left Puerto Rico’s power system in tatters. But now residents and clean-energy advocates see hope in the island’s effort to rebuild the electric grid — saying it could offer the rest of the nation a model for achieving President Joe Biden’s ambitions for a reliable power network free…

The CDC adds eight new destinations to its highest-risk category for travel, including the world’s second most-visited nations and a pair of the wealthiest nations

• Cities that are canceling their big New Year’s Eve events • Watch: Analyst says this is the riskiest part of flying with Omicron surge

Say it ain’t Joe: Manchin’s not the only big hurdle left for Biden’s megabill

Democrats are still courting the one person powerful enough to make or break President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion social spending bill — and she doesn’t hail from West Virginia. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is vowing a vote on the sprawling social policy and climate package next month, aiming to get negotiations back on track…

Parents knew Ethan Crumbley kept baby bird head in jar, ignored other warning signs before Oxford High School shooting, prosecutors say

Amid mounting depression and other personal issues, Ethan Crumbley placed a baby bird’s head inside a jar and brought it into school — one of several warning signs prosecutors said his parents failed to recognize in the weeks leading up to the massacre at his high school last month.

Joe Biden was not made for the age of TikTok. But his team is trying.

Sitting on a dark wooden desk, one leg underneath him with a blue mask matching his blue pants, Rob Flaherty, the White House’s director of digital strategy, was giddy about the reaction he was about to spark on Twitter. “You know what’s going to be great is the f—ing, ‘Well who are the Jonas Brothers?’”…

Hospitals grapple with Omicron — and legal brawl over vaccinating staff

With Omicron cases surging and health care workers in short supply, hospitals and nursing homes are grappling with a patchwork of rules for vaccinating their staff against Covid-19 and in some cases begging off immunization requirements the Biden administration expected to start enforcing on Jan. 4. Court challenges brought by mostly Republican states have frozen…

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