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With six conservative justices, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Catholic group in its dispute with the city of Philadelphia over LGBTQ couples and foster care.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:34

The decision marks a triumph for a new brand of conservatism on the court, which is putting the Constitution's guarantee to the free exercise of religion at the highest level of protection.

An iPhone screengrab of Snapchat's speed filter, which allows users to record and share how fast they are moving. Snap told NPR that it is eliminating the tool.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:27

The messaging app popular with teens is dropping a feature first launched in 2013. After several deadly car crashes involving the filter, Snap was the target of numerous lawsuits.

Lordstown Motors shows off a model of its electric pickup truck, Endurance, in Lordstown, Ohio, on June 25, 2020. The auto maker is under pressure after saying it was running out of cash, raising questions about the future of the crop of startups that have entered the industry.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:24

The electric vehicle startup had a string of terrible news, capped by the abrupt departure of its CEO. Its troubles are raising questions about the startups that have entered the auto industry.

Code Switch host and senior producer Shereen Marisol Meraji.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:19

We are thrilled (and, frankly, devastated) to announce that Code Switch host and senior producer Shereen Marisol Meraji will be leaving Code Switch in August for a couple of new opportunities.

A teen gets a dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last month at Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami. Nearly 7 million U.S. teens and preteens (ages 12 through 17) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, the CDC says.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:24

Health officials are investigating reports of mostly mild, temporary and treatable heart inflammation that may or may not be causally linked to vaccination with an mRNA vaccine against COVID-19.

A demonstrator holds a sign in support of the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last November. On Thursday, the justices did just that.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:17

The 7-2 decision threw out the challenge to the law, saying Texas and other objecting GOP-dominated states were not required to pay anything under the mandate provision and thus lacked standing.

Security personnel stand guard outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the February 3 visit of the World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that triggered a pandemic.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 08:28

In the wake of heated debate over the unproven lab leak theory, the world is calling on China to cooperate with investigations. But efforts to delve into this matter seem to be stalling.

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee is selling the source code for the World Wide Web as an NFT. Here, Berners-Lee delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 07:33

The original source code for the World Wide Web, written by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is being auctioned as a non-fungible token.

During the War on Drugs, the Brownsville neighborhood in New York City saw some of the highest rates of incarceration in the U.S., as Black and Hispanic men were sent to prison for lengthy prison sentences, often for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 05:24

President Nixon called for an "all-out offensive" against drugs and addiction. The U.S. is now rethinking policies that led to mass incarceration and shattered families while drug deaths kept rising.

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:50

The sudden power failure late Wednesday comes just days after another massive outage hit the U.S. territory.

Virgin Australia was one of several major companies to be hit with technical issues Thursday that affected websites and mobile applications for airlines, banks and other corporations.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:18

Websites and mobile apps were disrupted in the second major tech outage this month affecting large corporations around the globe.

Kayla Northam's weight topped 300 pounds and she'd started to develop diabetes, and liver and joint problems before seeking bariatric surgery about a decade ago at age 18.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:04

Experts now say the procedure is the most effective treatment for severe childhood obesity, which affects a growing number of kids. But stigma and insurers often stand in the way.

A bill from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., that would repeal the 2002 authorization of military force in Iraq now has more than 130 cosponsors in the House.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:00

In the wake of 9/11, Congress approved two measures giving the president expansive war powers. The House voted to repeal one of those measures, the 2002 authorization of force in Iraq.

This image made from video of a fake video featuring former President Barack Obama shows elements of facial mapping used for deepfakes that lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 02:36

Deepfakes are altered photos, videos, and still images that use artificial intelligence to appear realistic. They've become harder to detect.

Apple Daily editor-in-chief Ryan Law is escorted by police to a waiting vehicle outside the entrance of the Apple Daily newspaper offices in Hong Kong on Thursday.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 23:53

The five editorial executives, including the editor in chief, were arrested Thursday morning amid a raid of the news outlets' offices.

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