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Petition filed against LA city minimum wage hike for healthcare workers

The ordinance will be suspended while the city clerk's office determines if the petition, filed Wednesday, contains a sufficient number of valid signatures — at least 40,717. If sufficient, the issue would go before voters in 2024.

Secy. Blinken discusses Omicron variant in South Africa

Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised South Africa's discovery of the Omicron variant and efforts to fight the coronavirus. During a meeting in Pretoria with the nation's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor on Monday, Blinken touched on developments in infrastructure and health the nation has made.

Sen. Paul leads hearing on origins of COVID, gain-of-function research

Republican senators zeroed in on the government's involvement in the creation of the coronavirus. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) led the first-ever Senate hearing focused on gain-of-function research and the origins of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Paul and GOP Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) pressed three scientists on the role the US government had in research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.