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Senators and the White House are working furiously to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Pressure is intensifying on all sides to wrap up talks on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, several issues are still unresolved. And a new dispute has flared over the regulation of broadband access. Patience is running thin as senators accuse one another of shifting the debate. Still, all sides sound upbeat that an accord is within reach. Biden met with a key Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, at the White House. Senators are bracing for a weekend session to finish the deal.

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Senators and the White House are working furiously to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Pressure is intensifying on all sides to wrap up talks on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, several issues are still unresolved. And a new dispute has flared over the regulation of broadband access. Patience is running thin as senators accuse one another of shifting the debate. Still, all sides sound upbeat that an accord is within reach. Biden met with a key Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, at the White House. Senators are bracing for a weekend session to finish the deal.

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In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years. He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade’s end. That's according to proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation that are expected to be released as early as next week. Industry and government officials who have been briefed on the plan tell The Associated Press the requirements would start for model year 2023.

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Retired Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized Washington, has died. He was 77. Former Enzi spokesman Max D’Onofrio says Enzi died peacefully Monday surrounded by family and friends. Enzi had been hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs after a bicycle accident near Gillette on Friday. Enzi was stabilized before being flown to a hospital in Colorado. Police say they've seen no indication anybody else was nearby or involved in the accident. Enzi retired from the Senate in January. Enzi is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren.

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Retired Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized Washington, has died. He was 77. Former Enzi spokesman Max D’Onofrio says Enzi died peacefully Monday surrounded by family and friends. Enzi had been hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs three days after a bicycle accident near Gillette on Friday. Enzi was stabilized before being flown to a hospital in Colorado. Police say they've seen no indication anybody else was nearby or involved in the accident. Enzi retired from the Senate in January. Enzi is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren.

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Senators and the White House are locked in intense negotiations to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Pressure is mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, senators from the bipartisan group blew past a Monday deadline set for agreement on the nearly $1 trillion package. Instead they've run into disagreements over how much money should go to public transit and water projects. But labor issues are also a flashpoint, as is tapping COVID-19 funds to help pay for the package. Biden says he remains optimistic.