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Passengers, some wearing protective face coverings and some not, travel during rush hour on the London Underground last month.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 10:21

England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday recorded no new COVID-19 deaths, and Wales reported four. Health experts said the milestone represents an encouraging sign.

A priest holds a Holy Communion wafer in Washington, DC.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 09:49

The possible plan could impact President Biden, among other Catholic political figures. The Vatican is calling for U.S. bishops to reach a consensus and says any such move could sow division.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a news conference in March. She and Sen. Bernie Sanders are leading the push to introduce a bill Tuesday that would make pandemic-related food benefits for college students permanent and create grants for colleges to address hunger.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 08:05

The senators are introducing a bill that would make pandemic-related food benefits for college students permanent and create grants for colleges to address hunger.

Relatives of students who attend a school in the Russian city of Kazan, where a gunman opened fire on Tuesday, killing several students and at least one teacher and injuring more than 20 others.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 06:38

Officials say a 19-year-old former student at a school in the Russian city of Kazan opened fire there Tuesday, killing at least seven students, a teacher and a school worker.

There is a group of about 150 people in federal prison known as "old law" prisoners who committed crimes before November 1987 and still have little hope of release.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 06:07

Prisoners like Kent Clark who broke the law before 1987 should have a chance at parole, unlike more recent inmates. But there are dozens of men in their 60s and older who have little hope of release.

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 05:30

A new book argues that the growing profitability of big business is bad news for workers.

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, seen here at the U.S. Capitol during the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 23, is poised to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the No. 3 Republican in the House.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:51

Elise Stefanik, a four-term congresswoman, is working to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her leadership post over her ongoing criticism of former President Donald Trump.

The Shams sisters at their Sunshine Spice Cafe in Boise, Idaho. From left, Narges, Khatera, Bahar S. Amir (owner) and Homeyra Shams.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:51

Some conservative, rural states have resettled refugees at the highest per capita rates. In Idaho, employers applaud President Biden lifting a Trump-era cap on refugee numbers.

Some families wait years to get a housing voucher only to find out many landlords won't accept them.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:11

The federal government plans to release $5 billion in new housing vouchers to help those at risk of homelessness. Low-income tenants often struggle to find landlords who will accept such vouchers.

CCC sawing down dead trees in a burned area near Belton, Mont.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:00

To bolster the country's preparedness for a warming world and create jobs, President Biden wants to retool and relaunch one of the most celebrated U.S. government programs, first established by FDR.

John Calhoun of Flathead County has diabetes and was convinced by an old friend to get vaccinated, through he suspects the coronavirus isn't as dangerous as health officials say it is. He's hoping vaccination will ease divisions over masking.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:00

In sprawling Flathead County, only 25% of adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Public health experts worry about reservoirs of potential outbreaks as neighbors still debate the virus' danger.

The Royal Dutch Shell refinery in Norco, Louisiana. The state is a major petrochemical and oil and gas producer, but Governor John Bel Edwards has called for a plan to dramatically reduce climate warming emissions.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:00

In a major shift, Louisiana officials are making a plan to ramp up clean energy. Governor John Bel Edwards says the state must reduce the emissions fueling increasingly destructive extreme weather.

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro announced Monday that the country is directing more than $1 billion toward the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 02:08

The announcement from President Jair Bolsonaro comes amid an investigation into his handling of the pandemic.

Workers in China collect demographic data in the the seventh population census on Nov. 1, 2020.
Tue, 05/11/2021 - 00:59

Leaders in Beijing will need to determine how to continue China's streak of economic growth while caring for a growing, nonworking part of the population.

Then-Carlyle Group President Glenn Youngkin is seen during a 2017 panel. The first-time political candidate is the Republican nominee for governor in Virginia.
Mon, 05/10/2021 - 22:17

Virginia Republicans have chosen businessman Glenn Youngkin to be their nominee for governor. The GOP hasn't won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009.

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