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Alexis McGill Johnson becomes the permanent president and CEO of Planned Parenthood after serving in the role on an interim basis. Here, she addresses a rally against white supremacy last year in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 16:10

McGill Johnson has been the group's interim leader for almost a year, taking up the position after the abrupt removal of its former president, Leana Wen.

The death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while jogging in February, prompted renewed calls for Georgia to pass a hate crimes law. Gov. Brian Kemp signed House Bill 426 on Friday, giving the state its first hate crime law in 16 years.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 15:11

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery prompted calls for the state to pass a hate crimes law. Until Friday, Georgia had been one of just four states without one on the books.

Crew members shovel pollock onboard a trawler on the Bering Sea. The fishing industry has been hit by COVID-19, but the federal agency that manages it has banned mention of the pandemic without preapproval.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 15:10

In an internal memo this week, the National Marine Fisheries Service bars references to the coronavirus pandemic without preapproval. It suggests alternatives such as "in these extraordinary times."

The New York Knicks and Washington Wizards square off on March 10, the day before the NBA suspended its season because of the coronavirus.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:53

The NBA says it's ready to restart its season following its shutdown because of the coronavirus. All games will be played in Orlando, Fla., without fans but with a strict set of health protocols.

A report the deadly coronavirus outbreak at a state-run nursing home for veterans in Western Massachusetts was released this week. It found that the home's leadership team made "substantial errors" that "likely contributed to the death toll.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:55

Since mid-March, at least 76 veterans in the 247-bed home have died from coronavirus. It is one of the deadliest examples of how the pandemic has devastated long-term care facilities.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, shown here in Brussels in February, has postponed her wedding due to a European Council meeting.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:54

The meeting was scheduled for July 17, which was the day Fredriksen was supposed to get married. It will be the first time EU leaders convene in person since the start of the pandemic.

The Indianapolis 500 — usually viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators — will be run in August in front of a crowd capped at 50% capacity, track officials say. Here, cars race in front of fans during last year's event.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:51

The track normally accommodates hundreds of thousands of spectators. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles says the race will be held on Aug. 23 with fans on hand.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is under pressure to take bigger steps to curb hate speech and crack down on harmful content on the social network.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:46

The social network is under pressure from a growing group of its advertisers to do more to curb hate speech and other harmful content.

Bar owner Petros J Markantonis changes the marquee outside his bar to "Closed Again" at the West Alabama Ice House in Houston.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:43

People aren't waiting for governors or mayors to make the decision for them. Real-time data show they cut back on spending when they're worried about being infected with the coronavirus.

A sign posted near the entrance to the Kimberly Hall South nursing home shows the home closed to visitors, Thursday, May 14 in Windsor, Conn. The coronavirus has had no regard for health care quality or ratings as it has swept through nursing homes around the world, killing efficiently even in highly rated care centers.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:26

Researchers want answers to help combat the spread and prevent more infections. But conflicting opinions make that more challenging.

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:26

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

Sweden's top disease expert says a surge in new coronavirus cases is a result of more testing. Here, people enjoy the sun and water at a bathing jetty in Malmo, Sweden, on Thursday alongside a sign instructing the public to maintain social distancing.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:52

Anders Tegnell says the WHO misinterpreted Swedish data when it included Sweden in a list of nations with a resurgence. Days before the WHO warning, Sweden saw a surge of 1,699 new coronavirus cases.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center on Tuesday about Florida's coronavirus caseload topping 100,000.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:44

Florida suspends consumption of alcohol at bars as the state's daily count of coronavirus infections reaches nearly 9,000 — smashing the earlier record set on Wednesday of 5,000.

Just 40% of Americans approve of the job President Trump is doing and 58% disapprove, an NPR/<em>PBS NewsHour/</em>Marist poll finds.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:01

Just 40% of Americans approve of the job President Trump is doing and 58% disapprove, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading in a general election matchup.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal chair Shelly Fyant is worried COVID-19 case numbers will keep rising as Montana has opened up to out of state tourists.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:57

The pandemic has exposed disparities in healthcare among people of color, and tribal communities are among the hardest hit. The state is trying to change that with free mass testing.


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