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U.S. President Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law

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US President Joe Biden has officially signed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law

The signing, followed a lavish ceremony on the lawn of the White House in chilly conditions saw Joe Biden welcome the big spend after weeks of intense negotiations.

Biden’s presidential approval ratings have dropped because of his handling of the economy and other issues but despite that – there were plenty of supportive chants of “Joe, Joe, Joe” from some in the crowd.

Biden received a standing ovation as he stepped to the microphone

There were representatives from all sides of the political coin at the event, with the president acknowledging just how beneficial this bill will be for millions of Americans.

This all comes at a time when the political landscape in the United States is highly polarised, with some Republicans even calling out their fellow party members who voted in favour of the big spend.

Biden says “this is how the system works, that’s American democracy” – noting that his party paved the way for democracy to deliver for the people.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also spoke at the event and says this legislation is a big deal.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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