Merck drug, auto sales slum

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Biden at Capitol as Democrats scale back $3.5T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has traveled to Capitol Hill as Democrats strain to rescue a scaled back version of his $3.5 trillion government overhaul and salvage a related public works bill. Biden is huddling privately with House Democrats. This after days of frantic negotiations with no deal. Biden is also planning to visit American cities next week to make his case, the White House says. The House had hoped to vote Friday on the smaller public works bill, but that seems unlikely as talks drag. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia wants to scale back the big bill to $1.5 trillion. That’s too meager for progressive lawmakers.

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Merck says COVID-19 pill cuts risk of death, hospitalization

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck says its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus. That is potentially a leap…

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