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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by House Democrats spaced for social distancing, spoke at a press conference on the House East Front Steps of the Capitol ahead of ahead of the House vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 19:47

The House passed legislation crafted in the wake of national protests set off by the death of George Floyd. The bill is not expected to move in the GOP-led Senate, after Democrats blocked GOP bill.

Guests walk in line to Splash Mountain at Disneyland in 2013.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 19:22

A Change.org petition says that the log flume ride is "steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes," from the 1946 film Song of the South.

In an NPR interview, U.S. Attorney General William Barr defended the Justice Department amid accusations of political interference, including recently in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 17:50

In a wide-ranging NPR interview, William Barr defended the Justice Department amid accusations of political interference, including recently in the case of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A massive cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert is arriving along the U.S. Gulf Coast this week after traveling across the Atlantic Ocean. The dust will move over the Southeastern United States after reaching the U.S. shore.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:55

The phenomenon happens every year – but the 2020 version is especially large and imposing, experts say.

In April, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued guidance suggesting private schools should benefit from a representative share of federal coronavirus aid money.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:52

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos signaled she is standing firm on her intention to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students.

The city of Wilmington, N.C. has fired officers James Gilmore and Kevin Piner and Corporal Jesse Moore after a review of footage from one of their control cars showed them making racist and disparaging remarks.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:13

Video is said to show the Wilmington officers exchanging racist and sometimes threatening remarks. The county's district attorney has thrown out cases involving the former officers amid a bias review.

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:45

In response to Police Chief Chris Magnus' offer to quit, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued a statement saying, "I do not believe the Chief should resign."

The USS San Jacinto passes by the Statue of Liberty in May of 2017. On Thursday, guided-missile cruiser was one of two Navy vessels that broke a record for consecutive days at sea.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:01

The sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower and cruiser San Jacinto have not set foot on land since setting sail in mid-January. The goal: avoiding coronavirus exposure.

"Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was reported, there actually were 10 other infections," Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a conference call Thursday. Redfield is pictured during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:27

The U.S. has had about 10 times more coronavirus cases than were captured by testing, according to new estimates released by the federal government.

This photo, taken by NASCAR security personnel and released by NASCAR, shows the noose tied using a garage door 'pull rope' at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Ala. on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:24

NASCAR releases picture of the noose found in driver Bubba Wallace's garage at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The organization also completed its investigation into what happened.

Minks at a mink farm.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:03

This outbreak of COVID-19 adds to the list of animals that can contract the disease. And, in this instance, the minks seem to have passed the virus on to humans.

The Government Accountability Office says the IRS did not use death records for the first three batches of coronavirus relief payments — which account for 72% of the nearly $270 billion in payments dispensed so far.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:59

The improper payments happened due to confusion over whether dead people should receive the payments from the IRS, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

French Health and Solidarity Minister Olivier Veran (center), flanked by German Health Minister Jens Spahn (left) and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (right), speaks during a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, on Thursday.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:55

Less than a month after President Trump vowed to stop U.S. funding, Germany promised to give more than half a billion dollars and France pledged $100 million to a WHO research center in Lyon.

Riders cross the finish line at the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last year.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:52

Churchill Downs, the racing venue, said it worked with health officials to develop a plan that would allow the race to take place amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fair & Lovely brand of beauty products, shown here for sale at a store in Mumbai, India, in 2013, is going to change its name.
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:15

As the Black Lives Matter movement prompts reckonings about race around the world, India's most popular skin lightening cream is removing the words 'fair,' 'white' and 'light' from its marketing.

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