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A Walmart store in Derry, N.H., seen in November 2020. The company says fully vaccinated customers need not wear masks, and vaccinated workers won't need to wear them starting Tuesday. The company won't require proof of status.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 18:56

Customers don't have to wear masks, effective immediately. Starting Tuesday, fully vaccinated employees don't either. Everyone's on an honor system and won't have to provide proof.

A girl and her father wear facemasks while they push their bikes last summer in Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles. There aren't yet coronavirus vaccines approved in the U.S. for kids under 12 — which means they should keep masking, according to the CDC.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 17:54

I'm fully vaccinated, but my kids aren't. Can I safely take off my mask? Do my unvaccinated kids have to keep masking in public?

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 17:34

The judge acknowledged the struggle landlords are facing with renters unable to pay because of the pandemic. But she said protecting the public outweighs financial losses while her ruling is appealed.

Then-President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., last June after days of anti-racism protests against police brutality. President Biden has rescinded several orders Trump made during his last year in office, including moves to protect Confederate statues targeted by protesters.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 17:12

The president canceled executive actions signed by former President Donald Trump that focused on statues in the wake of protests against racism and police violence that targeted Confederate monuments.

After the CDC shifted this week to less restrictive mask guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, some leaders in the public health world felt blindsided. While some people rejoiced, others say they feel the change has come too soon.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 16:36

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shifted its stance this week on the need to wear masks if you're vaccinated. What's that mean for kids? For travel? For work? Experts weigh in.

A Black Hawk helicopter of the U.S. Air Force flies over Kabul in April.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 16:07

Some Kabul residents fear a Taliban takeover. Others are eager for the departure of troops they see as foreign intruders. "Afghans will have to come together and listen to each other," says a cleric.

Karissa Hill, daughter of Andre Hill, raises hands with Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney representing Hill's family, at a news conference in February after former Columbus police officer Adam Coy was charged with murder in Hill's death.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 16:03

Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, was unarmed and holding his cell phone when he was fatally shot by a Columbus police officer in December. The settlement is the largest in the city's history.

Joel Greenberg, then a Seminole County, Fla., tax collector talks to the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em> during a September 2019 interview at his office in Lake Mary, Fla.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 15:54

Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to sex trafficking of a minor and other offenses, according to court documents. His friend, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., could become ensnared in the investigation.

Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses Friday following overnight Israeli airstrikes in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 14:40

Some of the most intense attacks hit the Gaza Strip on Thursday night. But the clashes also brought large protests in the occupied West Bank — where at least 10 people reportedly died.

The New York Yankees, including manager Aaron Boone, are back to wearing masks after the team reported eight "breakthrough" COVID-19 cases this week.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 14:04

The New York Yankees have reported eight "breakthrough" cases among vaccinated staff and a player. Scientists say the outbreak is in line with what's already known about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (center) and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony in September.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 12:36

"This is an embarrassing time for Gulf countries," says political scientist Bessma Momani. "Ultimately, they gave Israel a normalization deal, but didn't really extract anything for the Palestinians."

Left: A drawing of a human with a cow head holding a needle menacingly toward a child as he administers a tainted smallpox vaccination was meant to sow distrust of smallpox vaccines. Right: Protesters against COVID-19 vaccinations hold a rally in Sydney in February.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 12:14

From the first vaccine (for smallpox) the questions have been the same. How do we transport it? Who's next to get it? Why so much hesitancy? The answers can be similar — or dramatically different.

Jacob Simona stands by his burning car during clashes with Israeli Arabs and police in the mixed Jewish-Palestinian city of Lod, Israel, on Tuesday.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 12:13

"This kind of escalation intensifies the hate, helps the radicals," an analyst who lives in Gaza says as Israel and Hamas launch attacks at each other.

A crowd demonstrates against the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month in Tokyo. With less than three months remaining until the Olympics, concern lingers in Japan over the feasibility of hosting such a huge event during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 11:07

The Japanese government remains adamant that the games will proceed as planned, even as local governments and protesters express rising concern about hosting the event during the pandemic.

Customers wait in line to fill up their tanks this week at a Costco gas station in Nashville, Tenn. It will take several days for the supply chain of fuel to return to normal even after Colonial Pipeline said it had brought its entire pipeline system back into operation.
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 11:07

The supply chain for fuels like gasoline will take several days to return to normal after Colonial restarted a critical pipeline that was shut down this month.

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