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Thu, 06/17/2021 - 17:28

A new CDC study finds that people who provide unpaid care for their children or adult loved ones are twice as likely as noncaregivers to have experienced depression or anxiety, or thoughts of suicide.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has unveiled a series of voting and election provisions he'd support.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 17:26

The West Virginia Democrat, who holds a crucial centrist position in the divided Senate, has offered a new series of voting and election provisions he said he'd support.

At their summit in Geneva on Wednesday, President Biden told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would strike back if it keeps getting hit with cyber attacks. "Responsible countries need to take action against criminals who conduct ransomware activities on their territory," Biden said.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 17:19

The president says the U.S. will respond if it keeps getting hit with cyber attacks linked to Russia. But Putin has shown little interest in combatting cyber crimes called 'ransomware-as-a-service.'

The Robertson Draw Fire south of Red Lodge, Mont.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 17:13

Federal officials warn of a long, potentially dangerous summer of fire. Since January, more than a million acres have burned from more than 28,000 wildfires.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks at a campaign rally at a gun store in October in Lee's Summit, Mo. Parson has signed into law a measure that could fine state and local law enforcement officers $50,000 for helping to enforce federal gun laws.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 16:19

Legal experts say the state's law is unconstitutional. But it could have a chilling effect on the state's law enforcement officers anyway.

Annemiek Van Vleuten, left, and Anna Van Der Breggen are among the elite cyclists who are expected to race in next summer's Tour de France Femmes, a one-week race for women.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 15:47

Noting the Tour's status as the world's marquee cycling event, pro cyclist Anna van der Breggen says, "It's long been a dream for many of us to compete in a women's Tour de France."

Protesters chant last year as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 15:33

"We can all finally celebrate. The whole country together," says Opal Lee, 94, who has been working for years to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Sahr Tarawaly, 14, works several jobs to earn money to support his mom and two siblings. "I used to like mathematics," the round-faced teenager says. "Now I go down to the beach to fish, to have fish to eat."
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 15:28

His father left with their savings, and the mother isn't able to work. A new report points to an increase in child labor, with millions of kids working. And COVID has likely made matters worse.

President Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 14:23

June 19 is a commemoration of the end of chattel slavery in the United States, marking the day enslaved people in Texas were finally freed — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

WISA Woodsat, seen in an artist's rendering, is billed as the world's first wooden satellite. It's set to be launched from New Zealand before the end of the year.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 14:18

In Europe, engineers are planning to send a plywood-sheathed satellite into orbit to test how well the venerable construction material holds up in space.

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:54

President Biden has asked the intelligence community to investigate whether or not the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Vanity Fair reporter Katherine Eban shares her findings.

Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample sent from Japan and brought in for research last year in Blaine, Wash.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:24

Because of its withered condition and the fact that male giant hornets don't typically emerge until July, officials believe the hornet was likely from a previous season and just recently found.

Texas Rep. Chip Roy, seen here at a press conference on May 20, was one of 14 House Republicans who voted against making June 19 a federal holiday.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:51

Many Republican lawmakers cited concerns over the actual name of the holiday and whether it conflates with the July 4th federal holiday.

Former Zambian president, Kenneth Kaunda, attends the inauguration ceremony of the Patriotic Front's Edgar Lungu, in Lusaka. The country's first president, Kaunda, 97, was admitted to hospital on June 14, 2021, as the southern African country battles a surge in COVID-19.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:50

Zambia's first president and champion of African independence Kenneth Kaunda has died at the age of 97, the country's president Edgar Lungu announced on Facebook Thursday evening.

A general view of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013. The embassy is facing a coronavirus outbreak, according to the State Department.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:41

Military hospital ICU resources are at full capacity and the embassy has been forced to "create temporary, on-compound COVID-19 wards," according to a note sent to embassy staff.

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