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Wed, 06/16/2021 - 04:00

Run-of-the-mill runny noses and coughs are back, after a break during the pandemic's height, when so many of us were circulating less and wearing masks. Here's how to keep household viruses at bay.

Gay and bisexual men in England, Scotland, and Wales can now donate blood, plasma and platelets under certain circumstances without having to wait three months, the National Health Service announced this week.
Wed, 06/16/2021 - 02:00

The shift in health policy in most of the U.K. reverses a decades-old rule that limited donor eligibility on perceived risks of contracting HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections.

President Biden steps off Air Force One at Geneva Airport on Tuesday. Biden is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 23:01

President Biden will hold a press conference on his own after the closed-door meeting with the Russian president.

The Taiwanese military released this photo of a Chinese fighter jet flying in an undisclosed location. China sent a record 28 warplanes toward Taiwan in the latest such event.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 18:44

The sortie was the biggest of its kind since the Taiwanese government began publishing information about the frequent incursions last year. They have followed actions that Beijing disapproves of.

U.S. and Russian flags fly on the Mont-Blanc bridge on the eve of a US-Russia summit on Tuesday in Geneva. A former intelligence operative says agencies are in high gear.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:27

Intelligence agencies from the U.S. and Russia are both trying to figure out what the other side is going to say, a longtime CIA operative says. China is probably trying to listen in, too.

Juneteenth marks when enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:25

Juneteenth is an annual celebration held on June 19 to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in America.

President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic National Committee's "Back on Track" drive-in car rally in Duluth, Georgia, to celebrate his 100th day in office. Immigrant advocates were there to protest.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:58

Since the campaign trail, President Biden has said he wants to close privately run immigrant detention centers. But immigrant advocates say his administration isn't following through on his promises.

"I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed," says middle distance runner Shelby Houlihan, announcing her four-year ban from international competition.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:40

Shelby Houlihan says her positive test for the steroid nandrolone followed a visit to a food truck for a pork burrito, and is pointing to studies that show nandrolone occurs naturally in some pigs.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is flanked by Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer left, and Texas Sen. Carol Alvarado of Houston, right, as he meets with Texas Democratic lawmakers to discuss voting rights Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:09

Texas Democrats last month staged a dramatic walkout that successfully — if temporarily — blocked Republicans from passing a restrictive voting measure for the state.

Singer and actor Leslie Grace stars as Nina Rosario (center), the beloved and brilliant neighborhood sweetheart in the film adaptation of the musical <em>In the Heights.</em>
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 15:33

Film critic Monica Castillo reflects on the glaring absence of Afro-Latino actors from the new screen adaptation of In the Heights and how colorism still affects Latino representation on screen.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed to the Federal Trade Commission 32-year-old Lina Khan, a prominent critic of Big Tech and favorite among progressives.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 15:29

The bipartisan vote in the Senate on Tuesday gives one of the most prominent skeptics of the tech industry a key role in shaping government regulation of the tech industry.

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:26

Scott said she is "attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change." She has given away more $8 billion of her fortune so far.

The Brooksville water tower was accidentally sold by the city to a businessman who was trying to buy a municipal building at the tower's base.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:14

A businessman trying to buy a municipal building at the base of the city's water tower got a lot more than he bargained for — several thousand gallons more.

Portrait of Phillip Lyn taken by his spouse, Kurt Rehwinkel, outside their home in St. Louis.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 13:24

A plaque-busting Alzheimer's drug called Aduhelm has yet to prove it can preserve memory and thinking. Even so, its approval by the Food and Drug Administration is making some patients opitimistic.

Memorials hang from the front gate of Greenwood Cemetery in New York City during an event organized by Naming the Lost Memorials to remember and celebrate those who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 12:25

The latest toll from Johns Hopkins University comes nearly four months after the nation crossed the half-million mark for deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

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