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  • Defense Secretary Austin was treated for prostate cancer and a urinary tract infection, doctors say

    SEUNG MIN KIM and ZEKE MILLER|Jan 10, 2024

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has prostate cancer and his recent secretive hospitalization was for surgery and later to treat an urinary tract infection related to that operation, doctors said Tuesday. The 70-year-old Austin was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Dec. 22 and underwent surgery to treat the cancer. Austin developed the infection a week later. Senior administration and defense officials were not told for days about his hospitalization or his cancer. The White House chief of staff on T...

  • Biden to nominate Julie Su as next US labor secretary

    SEUNG MIN KIM and ZEKE MILLER|Mar 1, 2023

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating Julie Su, the current deputy and former California official, as his next labor secretary, replacing the departing incumbent, former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Su, a civil rights attorney and former head of California's labor department, was central to negotiations between labor and freight rail companies late last year, working to avert an economically debilitating strike. She also has worked to broaden employee training programs and crack down on wage theft. If confirmed by the Senate, Su woul...

  • Biden, Xi clash on Taiwan but aim to 'manage' differences

    SEUNG MIN KIM and ZEKE MILLER|Nov 13, 2022

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — President Joe Biden objected directly to China's "coercive and increasingly aggressive actions" toward Taiwan during the first in-person meeting of his presidency with Xi Jinping, as the two superpower leaders aimed on Monday to "manage" their differences in the competition for global influence. The nearly three-hour meeting was the highlight of Biden's weeklong, round-the-world trip to the Middle East and Asia, and came at a critical juncture for the two countries amid increasing economic and security tensions. S...

  • Facing pressure, Biden to sign order on abortion access

    SEUNG MIN KIM and ZEKE MILLER|Jul 8, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will take executive action Friday to protect access to abortion, according to three people familiar with the matter, as he faces mounting pressure from Democrats to be more forceful on the subject after the Supreme Court ended a constitutional right to the procedure two weeks ago. Biden will speak Friday morning "on protecting access to reproductive health care services," the sources said. The actions he was expected to outline are intended to try to mitigate some potential penalties women seeking a...

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