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Royal Caribbean had been set to launch the Odyssey of the Seas on its first cruise with passengers in early July. But positive coronavirus tests among the crew have forced the voyage to be delayed for four weeks.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 09:00

The Odyssey of the Seas had been slated to carry passengers for the first time on July 3. Instead, all 1,400 crew members are being quarantined.

Alicia Lammers points to her husband, Matt's infantry tattoo on his left shoulder.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 07:08

As 20 years of war draw to a close, a divide separates those who served and those who haven't. The "civ-mil divide" can leave veterans alienated and civilians unfamiliar with what it means to serve.

Christina Campos, administrator of the Guadalupe County Hospital, says the community has been hit with several large outbreaks of the virus, most recently in May, which has bolstered vaccination rates.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 06:17

States with the lowest vaccination rates are clustered in the South and the Southwest. But there's one standout, New Mexico, where health officials now say some counties are close to 90% vaccinated.

When relaying why she chose the farm fields for her college graduation photo shoot, Jennifer Rocha explained it's because that's where her parents "sacrificed their backs, their sweat, their early mornings, late afternoons, working cold winters, hot summers just to give me and my sisters an education."
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 06:00

"The whole reason I wanted to go back to the fields with my parents is because I wouldn't have the degree and the diploma if it wasn't for them," says Jennifer Rocha, recent graduate of UC San Diego.

Bell helps Caleb to the kitchen table for breakfast in their Harlem home. "It was very difficult for him to participate in any [remote] activities or related services due to his inability to see, hear or speak," she says. "All of his services decreased in effectiveness, some were non- existent."
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 05:30

Special education services were severely disrupted when schools closed in spring 2020. In many places, they have yet to fully resume. Now, families are demanding schools take action.

A customer walks behind a sign at a Nordstrom in Coral Gables, Fla., store seeking employees in May.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 05:21

Indiana is one of eight states that are scheduled to end expanded pandemic unemployment benefits this weekend.

Jewish ultranationalists take part in a flag-waving march Tuesday next to the Damascus Gate, outside Jerusalem's Old City.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 05:19

The Israel Defense Forces said its fighter jets struck two Hamas military compounds early Wednesday morning.

Colette Baptiste-Mombo and her family at Jackson Memorial High School in 1974
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 05:01

Colette Baptiste-Mombo and her family moved to an all-white suburb at the height of the civil rights era. She shares how racist attacks changed her life, and how she deals with generational trauma.

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 04:00

Run-of-the-mill runny noses and coughs are back, after a break during the pandemic's height, when so many of us were circulating less and wearing masks. Here's how to keep household viruses at bay.

Gay and bisexual men in England, Scotland, and Wales can now donate blood, plasma and platelets under certain circumstances without having to wait three months, the National Health Service announced this week.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 02:00

The shift in health policy in most of the U.K. reverses a decades-old rule that limited donor eligibility on perceived risks of contracting HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections.

President Biden steps off Air Force One at Geneva Airport on Tuesday. Biden is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 23:01

President Biden will hold a press conference on his own after the closed-door meeting with the Russian president.

The Taiwanese military released this photo of a Chinese fighter jet flying in an undisclosed location. China sent a record 28 warplanes toward Taiwan in the latest such event.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 18:44

The sortie was the biggest of its kind since the Taiwanese government began publishing information about the frequent incursions last year. They have followed actions that Beijing disapproves of.

U.S. and Russian flags fly on the Mont-Blanc bridge on the eve of a US-Russia summit on Tuesday in Geneva. A former intelligence operative says agencies are in high gear.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:27

Intelligence agencies from the U.S. and Russia are both trying to figure out what the other side is going to say, a longtime CIA operative says. China is probably trying to listen in, too.

Juneteenth marks when enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:25

Juneteenth is an annual celebration held on June 19 to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in America.

President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic National Committee's "Back on Track" drive-in car rally in Duluth, Georgia, to celebrate his 100th day in office. Immigrant advocates were there to protest.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:58

Since the campaign trail, President Biden has said he wants to close privately run immigrant detention centers. But immigrant advocates say his administration isn't following through on his promises.

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