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The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases was a mixed bag for the administration’s efforts to boost the vaccination rate among Americans.

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City and federal investigators are working to determine the cause of a blaze that killed 12 people in a Philadelphia rowhome but had no immediate answers Thursday. They caution that the fire scene is complex and that it will take some time to determine what happened. The city’s deadliest single blaze in more than a century took the lives of eight children and four adults. Several people managed to escape Wednesday morning's fire, which charred a three-story brick duplex. Officials have not released the names of the victims. Officials said 26 people had been staying in the two apartments.