US Domestic News Roundup: U.S. Congress panel corrects tax rates for wealthy under Biden's proposal; Fauci says vast majority of vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster and more

These included Travis McMichael, the only defendant to take the witness stand, who said he fired his shotgun into Arbery in self defense. U.S. Congress panel corrects tax rates for wealthy under Biden's proposal Americans with incomes over $1 million would see their taxes rise under President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" bill, the U.S. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation said on Tuesday, correcting an earlier analysis that their taxes would fall.


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US Domestic News Roundup: U.S. Congress panel corrects tax rates for wealthy under Biden's proposal; Fauci says vast majority of vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster and more
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Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Suspect in Wisconsin parade attack charged with homicide, court sets bail at $5 million

The man accused of driving his vehicle into a traditional Christmas parade near Milwaukee made his first court appearance on Tuesday since the weekend rampage and was charged with homicide, as the death toll rose to six. The death toll was raised after prosecutors said an 8-year-old boy had died, marking the first death of a child in the incident.

As holidays near, 'smash-and-grab' robbers hit U.S. retailers

A Nordstrom department store in a Los Angeles mall on Monday night became the latest target in a string of "smash-and-grab" robberies that have hit luxury retailers in California and Illinois as the holiday shopping season approaches. The Los Angeles Police Department said it had taken three suspects into custody. Local reports said as many as 20 people may have been involved in the break-in and theft.

Jurors deliberate in Georgia trial over killing of Ahmaud Arbery

A Georgia jury began deliberating on Tuesday on whether three white men are guilty of murder for chasing and shooting a Black man named Ahmaud Arbery who ran through their mostly white neighborhood last year after the prosecution made a final pitch for conviction and chided a defense bid to "malign the victim." After being sworn in more than two weeks ago, the 12-member jury heard from more than two dozen witnesses. These included Travis McMichael, the only defendant to take the witness stand, who said he fired his shotgun into Arbery in self defense.

U.S. Congress panel corrects tax rates for wealthy under Biden's proposal

Americans with incomes over $1 million would see their taxes rise under President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" bill, the U.S. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation said on Tuesday, correcting an earlier analysis that their taxes would fall. Under the bill passed last week by the House of Representatives and now being considered by the Senate, those with incomes of $1 million and more would be taxed at an average rate of 33.1%, up from the current 29.9%, the committee said.

U.S. House panel probing Capitol riot subpoenas leaders of Proud Boys, Oath Keepers

The U.S. House of Representatives committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol issued five subpoenas on Tuesday to far-right extremist groups that have backed former President Donald Trump and to individuals associated with those groups. The Select Committee said it sent subpoenas seeking testimony and documents to the Proud Boys group and to Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, who was its chairman, as well as to the Oath Keepers and its president, Elmer Stewart Rhodes.

Pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, Walmart helped fuel opioid epidemic, U.S. jury finds

A federal jury on Tuesday found that pharmacy chain operators CVS Health Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Walmart Inc helped fuel an opioid epidemic in two Ohio counties, in the first trial the companies have faced over the U.S. drug crisis. Jurors in Cleveland federal court after six days of deliberations concluded that actions by the pharmacy chains helped create a public nuisance that resulted in an oversupply of addictive pain pills and the diversion of those opioids to the black market.

Fauci says vast majority of vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster

Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday the vast majority of Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should receive a booster shot, and that an additional dose could eventually become the country's standard for determining who is fully vaccinated. Fauci and other disease experts have said they expect that COVID-19 will transition this spring from a pandemic phase in the United States to an endemic disease, meaning that the virus will continue to circulate at a lower level, causing smaller, less disruptive but still significant outbreaks in the coming years.

In U.S. Supreme Court case, the past could be the future on abortion

Just months before she was set to start law school in the summer of 1973, Barbara Phillips was shocked to learn she was pregnant. Then 24, she wanted an abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court had legalized abortion nationwide months earlier with its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing a woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. But abortions were not legally available at the time in Mississippi, where she lived in the small town of Port Gibson.

Theranos founder Holmes denies misleading Walgreens

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes denied lying to Walgreens about her company's technology during her fraud trial on Tuesday, offering rationales for withholding key details about operations and internal reports. Holmes took the stand for a third day to defend herself against fraud accusations related to Theranos, a blood testing startup that is now defunct. The company had touted technology that could run diagnostic tests faster and more accurately than traditional lab testing with a drop of blood from a finger prick.

Jury hits organizers of 'Unite the Right' rally with $26 million verdict

A federal jury in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday found the organizers of the 2017 "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally liable for injuries sustained by counter-protesters and awarded approximately $26 million in damages. The nine plaintiffs in the case said they suffered physical or emotional trauma at the rally, including four who were struck when a self-described neo-Nazi, James Fields, drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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