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During the War on Drugs, the Brownsville neighborhood in New York City saw some of the highest rates of incarceration in the U.S., as Black and Hispanic men were sent to prison for lengthy prison sentences, often for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 05:24

President Nixon called for an "all-out offensive" against drugs and addiction. The U.S. is now rethinking policies that led to mass incarceration and shattered families while drug deaths kept rising.

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:50

The sudden power failure late Wednesday comes just days after another massive outage hit the U.S. territory.

Virgin Australia was one of several major companies to be hit with technical issues Thursday that affected websites and mobile applications for airlines, banks and other corporations.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:18

Websites and mobile apps were disrupted in the second major tech outage this month affecting large corporations around the globe.

Kayla Northam's weight topped 300 pounds and she'd started to develop diabetes, and liver and joint problems before seeking bariatric surgery about a decade ago at age 18.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:04

Experts now say the procedure is the most effective treatment for severe childhood obesity, which affects a growing number of kids. But stigma and insurers often stand in the way.

A bill from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., that would repeal the 2002 authorization of military force in Iraq now has more than 130 cosponsors in the House.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:00

In the wake of 9/11, Congress approved two measures giving the president expansive war powers. The House voted to repeal one of those measures, the 2002 authorization of force in Iraq.

This image made from video of a fake video featuring former President Barack Obama shows elements of facial mapping used for deepfakes that lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 02:36

Deepfakes are altered photos, videos, and still images that use artificial intelligence to appear realistic. They've become harder to detect.

Apple Daily editor-in-chief Ryan Law is escorted by police to a waiting vehicle outside the entrance of the Apple Daily newspaper offices in Hong Kong on Thursday.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 23:53

The five editorial executives, including the editor in chief, were arrested Thursday morning amid a raid of the news outlets' offices.

Chinese astronauts, from left, Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming wave as they prepare to board for liftoff Thursday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan in northwestern China. China plans to launch three astronauts onboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship who will be the first crew members to live on China's new orbiting space station Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 23:13

The three astronauts who blasted off Thursday from the Jiuquan launch center in northwestern China will stay three months in the Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony.

A girl paints on a poster celebrating Juneteenth in downtown Jackson, Miss., on June 19, 2020. Congress has voted to make the day a federal holiday.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 18:31

The yes vote comes a day after the Senate unanimously moved to recognize June 19 as a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Some institutions have scrapped Columbus Day or switched to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. One New Jersey school district came up with a new solution: eliminate all holiday names.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 16:21

Some institutions have dropped the name Columbus Day or switched to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. One New Jersey school district came up with a new solution: eliminate all holiday names.

A woman known in court papers as Ms. A.B. is seeking asylum in the U.S. after suffering more than a decade of domestic violence in El Salvador. Attorney General Merrick Garland is vacating controversial legal decisions his predecessors issued in her case.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 13:54

In a victory for survivors of domestic and gang violence, the Department of Justice on Wednesday vacated the controversial Trump-era decisions.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in December. The Fed said on Wednesday it will continue providing support to the economy despite the rise in consumer prices.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 13:26

The Fed is maintaining its easy money policies for now in an effort to speed the economic recovery. It left interest rates near zero despite a jump in consumer prices.

Hackers can access a Peloton user's bike camera, microphone and screen, McAfee reported.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 11:56

Hackers can gain remote access to a Peloton bike's camera and microphone and can monitor users. They can also add apps disguised as Netflix and Spotify to get login credentials.

Visitors walk around the outside of the Alamo in San Antonio.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 11:30

In a new book, Bryan Burrough and co-writers Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford challenge the historical lore of the Alamo — including the story that Davy Crockett refused to surrender.

A sticker reads, "I got vaccinated," at a vaccination site inside Penn Station last month in New York City.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 10:29

Despite being hit hard early in the pandemic, New York City lags behind in vaccinating people 65 and older, and its efforts to reach the homebound and disabled have been disorganized.

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