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Close up of hands holding a pamphlet at the Pentagon during a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Pride Month event. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley. 2015.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 17:10

The new guidance will apply to veterans who were forced from service under the policy and given "other than honorable discharges" due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

A community of young investors on TikTok, including @ceowatchlist, @quicktrades and @irisapp, are using House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stock trading disclosures as inspiration for where to invest themselves. One user called Pelosi the market's "biggest whale," while another called her the "queen of investing."
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 15:44

Online stock trading has taken off, bolstered by easy apps and lower prices. Now, a community of young investors have a new strategy: looking for stock tips from members of Congress.

The U.S. Department of Labor building on March 26, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 14:44

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it will push to protect workers against rising temperatures, including a federal rule to safeguard workers from heat-related illnesses.

The "Skinny House" or the "Spite House" is 10 feet wide at its widest. It's been sold for $1.25 million.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 14:35

It's been called the "Skinny House" or the "Spite House." The legend is that two brothers shared land but one built on more than his share, so the other built a skinny house to block access and views.

Protesters march through Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday over recently announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements for construction workers. Construction sites have been shut down for two weeks due to protests and rising COVID-19 cases.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 13:01

Construction workers and others opposed to new COVID-19 vaccine rules have taken to the streets. Some allege that right-wing extremists have infiltrated the increasingly violent protests.

V (from left), Suga and Jin of BTS at the launch of the U.N. General Assembly's 76th session on Monday. The popular boy band from South Korea sang (in a video performance viewed online by more than 1 million) and spoke.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 12:23

The appearance of the popular boy band from South Korea is one of many unexpected moments at the U.N. General Assembly — everything from a U.N. TikTok to a groundbreaking food summit.

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 12:22

Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Max Chafkin talks about the tech billionaire who broke with most of Silicon Valley in backing Trump. Thiel also secretly funded the lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker.

McDonald's says it will phase out most plastic from its Happy Meals by 2025. Here, a customer picks up a kid's meal at a McDonald's drive-through.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 12:10

The benefits of the change will be equivalent to more than 650,000 people not using any plastic for a year, the company said.

A memorial to missing and murdered Indigenous women is set up in St. Paul, Minn.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 11:04

Media coverage around the death of 22-year-old Gabrielle Petito looks racist to those who note that murders and disappearances of Native Americans are mostly ignored.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande on Sunday near the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 10:07

"I thought the Haitians were quite scared, and I think there was probably some panic, which resulted in them trying to run around the horses," photographer Paul Ratje says.

President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in Cornwall, Britain, ahead of the G-7 summit in June.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 09:52

A few weeks ago, Britain was furious with the U.S. over the Afghanistan pullout. In his Tuesday White House visit, Johnson hopes to build momentum ahead of November's U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.

Uncollected or duplicate photographs found in boxes and drawers in backrooms of Kabul's photo studios.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 08:01

In the back rooms of Kabul's photo shops, thousands of photos dating as far back as 40-plus years sit unclaimed. It remains to be seen if these photo studios can survive a new period of Taliban rule.

On his deathbed, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who defected, accused Vladimir Putin of ordering his assassination.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 07:45

Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence officer, died in London weeks after drinking tea that was later found to have been laced with the deadly radioactive compound polonium-210.

Nicole Wolter at work at her factory in Wauconda, Ill., which makes components for industrial machines. Wolter's company is straining to meet demand as her own suppliers struggle with short staffing.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 06:03

U.S. manufacturers are still struggling to keep pace with booming demand. The culprit? Sometimes, it's a single missing part.

Johnson & Johnson shared data from the Phase 3 trial of its booster shot on Tuesday indicating a booster shot at six months provided a 12-fold increase in antibodies.
Tue, 09/21/2021 - 05:30

Johnson & Johnson shared data from its Phase 3 trial of the company's booster shot on Tuesday. The data showed a booster shot at six months provided a 12-fold increase in antibodies.

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