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The Senate has given final approval to a bill enhancing health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law. He has said the bill “makes good on our sacred obligation” to care for veterans and their families. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation once before, but the process briefly derailed when Republicans made a late attempt to change the bill. The GOP objections delayed final passage, infuriating veterans groups and advocates, including comedian Jon Stewart.

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Hard-won progress against HIV has stalled, putting millions of lives at risk. That's according to an alarming report Wednesday on how the collision with the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises set back efforts to end AIDS. Declines in new infections are leveling off. Cases are rising in some spots. COVID disrupted HIV care and widened inequalities that left already vulnerable people at more risk. Experts are calling for fast efforts to start getting back on track. The report, from UNAIDS, was released at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal.