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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday implored Congress to pass his party’s major spending bill, saying it would expand access to child care and make America more competitive in the global economy. “Millions of American parents, especially moms, can’t be part of the workforce because they can’t afford the cost of child care,” Biden said Friday in a library at the Capitol Child Development ...

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Sinsheim, Germany — Ihlas Bebou scored a brace as Hoffenheim beat Cologne for the seventh time in a row in the Bundesliga, a 5-0 clobbering on Friday night.Togo forward Bebou opened the scoring in the 31st off a defence-splitting pass from Andrej Kramaric, rounding goalkeeper Timo Horn and slotting into the empty net.Cologne were beaten for good right after the restart from Bebou's backheeler ...

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Berlin/Hamburg — Several thousand people took to the streets on Friday evening to protest the eviction of the left-wing "Koepi" encampment in central Berlin. The mood was very aggressive, said a police spokeswoman. There were attacks on policemen and policewomen and some colleagues were injured. Some vehicles were also damaged. The number of participants was in the upper four-digit range, ...

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Berlin — A copyright collecting society wants Google to pay media companies 420 million euros (487 million dollars) for 2022 for the use of press content in Germany. The licence fee is demanded for the use of headlines, short article excerpts and thumbnails, the collecting society Corint Media announced in Berlin on Friday. The demand relates specifically to around 200 digital press ...

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LOS ANGELES — Crews reopened a stretch of the 101 Freeway days after the Alisal fire in Santa Barbara County shut it down as firefighters made significant progress on the blaze ahead of dangerous weather conditions. Containment of the fire burning in the Santa Ynez Mountains rose to 41% by Friday morning — up from just 5% the previous day. The blaze, which ignited Monday afternoon, has burned ...

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LOS ANGELES — About 97% of Los Angeles teachers and administrators have so far met the school district's Friday, Oct. 15, deadline to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to information just released by the district. The vaccine requirement applies to all Los Angeles Unified employees — about 73,000 — as well as parent volunteers and district contractors who work on campus. Employees of ...

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President Joe Biden came to Connecticut Friday to pitch his massive social and environmental spending bill, stopping at a child care center in Hartford where he admitted the plan’s $3.5 trillion price tag will be pared back. “It isn’t enough just to invest in our physical infrastructure,’' the Democratic president said during his visit at the Capitol Child Development Center. “We also have to ...

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Munich — Bayern Munich defender Josip Stanisic has received a contract renewal by two years until 2025, the Bundesliga champions said on Friday.Munich-born Croatian Stanisic, 21, has gone through the club's academy and joined the first team this season and has been fielded nine times, mainly as a right-back. He has recently also made his debut in Croatia's national team.“I want to thank for ...

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Berlin — Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) has agreed to enter formal coalition talks with two smaller parties in an attempt to form a new government after last month's elections.The party executive took the decision after the conclusion of exploratory talks with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), according to information received by dpa.The Greens are to hold a ...

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Berlin — Berlin police on Friday began removing residents from a squatter encampment of 30 years' standing close to where the Berlin Wall once ran.By early afternoon, 37 people had been removed from the "Koepi" camp, where activists linked to the city's strong anarchist scene have been living in trailers.There were still nine people sitting in trees, police said. A total of 21 arrests were ...