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Chinese astronauts, from left, Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming wave as they prepare to board for liftoff Thursday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan in northwestern China. China plans to launch three astronauts onboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship who will be the first crew members to live on China's new orbiting space station Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 23:13

The three astronauts who blasted off Thursday from the Jiuquan launch center in northwestern China will stay three months in the Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony.

A girl paints on a poster celebrating Juneteenth in downtown Jackson, Miss., on June 19, 2020. Congress has voted to make the day a federal holiday.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 18:31

The yes vote comes a day after the Senate unanimously moved to recognize June 19 as a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Some institutions have scrapped Columbus Day or switched to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. One New Jersey school district came up with a new solution: eliminate all holiday names.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 16:21

Some institutions have dropped the name Columbus Day or switched to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. One New Jersey school district came up with a new solution: eliminate all holiday names.

A woman known in court papers as Ms. A.B. is seeking asylum in the U.S. after suffering more than a decade of domestic violence in El Salvador. Attorney General Merrick Garland is vacating controversial legal decisions his predecessors issued in her case.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 13:54

In a victory for survivors of domestic and gang violence, the Department of Justice on Wednesday vacated the controversial Trump-era decisions.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in December. The Fed said on Wednesday it will continue providing support to the economy despite the rise in consumer prices.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 13:26

The Fed is maintaining its easy money policies for now in an effort to speed the economic recovery. It left interest rates near zero despite a jump in consumer prices.

Hackers can access a Peloton user's bike camera, microphone and screen, McAfee reported.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 11:56

Hackers can gain remote access to a Peloton bike's camera and microphone and can monitor users. They can also add apps disguised as Netflix and Spotify to get login credentials.

Visitors walk around the outside of the Alamo in San Antonio.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 11:30

In a new book, Bryan Burrough and co-writers Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford challenge the historical lore of the Alamo — including the story that Davy Crockett refused to surrender.

A sticker reads, "I got vaccinated," at a vaccination site inside Penn Station last month in New York City.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 10:29

Despite being hit hard early in the pandemic, New York City lags behind in vaccinating people 65 and older, and its efforts to reach the homebound and disabled have been disorganized.

Royal Caribbean had been set to launch the Odyssey of the Seas on its first cruise with passengers in early July. But positive coronavirus tests among the crew have forced the voyage to be delayed for four weeks.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 09:00

The Odyssey of the Seas had been slated to carry passengers for the first time on July 3. Instead, all 1,400 crew members are being quarantined.

Alicia Lammers points to her husband, Matt's infantry tattoo on his left shoulder.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 07:08

As 20 years of war draw to a close, a divide separates those who served and those who haven't. The "civ-mil divide" can leave veterans alienated and civilians unfamiliar with what it means to serve.

Christina Campos, administrator of the Guadalupe County Hospital, says the community has been hit with several large outbreaks of the virus, most recently in May, which has bolstered vaccination rates.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 06:17

States with the lowest vaccination rates are clustered in the South and the Southwest. But there's one standout, New Mexico, where health officials now say some counties are close to 90% vaccinated.

When relaying why she chose the farm fields for her college graduation photo shoot, Jennifer Rocha explained it's because that's where her parents "sacrificed their backs, their sweat, their early mornings, late afternoons, working cold winters, hot summers just to give me and my sisters an education."
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 06:00

"The whole reason I wanted to go back to the fields with my parents is because I wouldn't have the degree and the diploma if it wasn't for them," says Jennifer Rocha, recent graduate of UC San Diego.

Bell helps Caleb to the kitchen table for breakfast in their Harlem home. "It was very difficult for him to participate in any [remote] activities or related services due to his inability to see, hear or speak," she says. "All of his services decreased in effectiveness, some were non- existent."
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 05:30

Special education services were severely disrupted when schools closed in spring 2020. In many places, they have yet to fully resume. Now, families are demanding schools take action.

A customer walks behind a sign at a Nordstrom in Coral Gables, Fla., store seeking employees in May.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 05:21

Indiana is one of eight states that are scheduled to end expanded pandemic unemployment benefits this weekend.

Jewish ultranationalists take part in a flag-waving march Tuesday next to the Damascus Gate, outside Jerusalem's Old City.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 05:19

The Israel Defense Forces said its fighter jets struck two Hamas military compounds early Wednesday morning.

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