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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.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro holds up a box of chloroquine, an antimalarial medicine that his administration endorsed as part of an "early treatment" strategy for COVID-19. There is no evidence the drug can prevent the coronavirus or reduce the severity of symptoms.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 10:40

In one of the hardest hit countries in the world, the main strategy is a so-called early treatment combo of unproven medications — endorsed by President Jair Bolsonaro.

A man prays during the executive committee plenary meeting at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual gathering Monday in Nashville, Tenn.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 10:33

The Southern Baptist Convention meets this week in Nashville, bringing to the fore a host of controversial issues that threaten to cause a rift among the faithful.

Giving people with organ transplants a third dose of the mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 appears to boost their immunity, according to a new study.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 09:27

The COVID vaccines haven't proved very effective for people living with organ transplants. But getting a third dose of the mRNA vaccines gave a big bump in antibody levels in a new study.

Former President Donald Trump addresses the North Carolina Republican Party's annual state convention on June 5.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 08:28

Emails released by the House Oversight Committee show Trump pressuring his acting attorney general even before William Barr stepped down from the position.

Body camera video recorded the arrest of Karen Garner on June 26, 2020, in Loveland, Colo. Garner, then 73, has dementia and sensory aphasia.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 06:19

Advocates say the case puts a spotlight on how ill-prepared police are when encountering someone with a mental disability.

People with old Belarusian national flags shout during an opposition rally in August in Minsk, Belarus.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 06:19

Nearly a year after Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown, "None of us doubt that we will prevail," an activist tells NPR. Others sound worried. "Every day is a little scarier," says one.

A systemwide outage Monday night affected Southwest Airlines flights across the country.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 00:48

Southwest Airlines blamed the flight delays Monday night on tech problems with the company's weather data provider.

President Biden is set to leave Brussels on Tuesday for Geneva, the last leg of a trip where he sought to mend fences with allies and take a tougher stance on Moscow and Beijing.
Tue, 06/15/2021 - 00:01

Biden tried to repair ties with European allies and convinced them to take a tougher stance on China. Next he'll confront Russia. But selling this at home remains the hardest part.

The U.S. Department of Justice is seen Friday.
Mon, 06/14/2021 - 19:18

A Democratic-led committee will probe efforts by the Trump-era U.S. Department of Justice to seize metadata from devices belonging to members of Congress, journalists and the then-White House counsel.

This June 7, 2021, image shows the headquarters of Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The pandemic has left the Girl Scouts with an unusual problem this year: millions of unsold cookies.
Mon, 06/14/2021 - 16:15

The 109-year-old organization says the coronavirus — not thinner demand for Thin Mints — is the main culprit for the glut of leftover cookies.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that low-level crack cocaine offenders cannot benefit from a 2018 federal law.
Mon, 06/14/2021 - 14:36

The court ruled that some crack cocaine offenders sentenced to harsh prison terms more than a decade ago cannot get their sentences reduced under a federal law designed to do just that.

The infectious and contagious rabies virus, shown here in a colorized micrograph, can be transmitted to humans through the bite or saliva of an infected animal. Thanks to protective vaccination of pets, rabies was eliminated from the U.S. dog population in 2007, though a bite from infected bats, skunks and raccoons can still transmit the virus.
Mon, 06/14/2021 - 14:02

A surge in pet adoptions has increased demand for dogs imported from around the world. Most are fine, but federal officials turned up 450 dogs in 2020 with false records — 50% more than in 2019.

Minks in a cage at a mink farm in Pushkino, Russia, more than 20 miles from Moscow.
Mon, 06/14/2021 - 13:47

Israel has become the first country to outlaw the controversial clothing material that opponents say leads to the slaughter of millions of animals each year.

Police mark a security perimeter around the house where bones were found under the floor in the Atizapan municipality of the State of Mexico, on May 20, 2021. Police have turned up bones and other evidence under the floor of the house where a man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman to death and hacking up her body.
Mon, 06/14/2021 - 09:49

Authorities in Mexico say they have found nearly 4,000 bone fragments so far under a home on the outskirts of Mexico City. The 72-year-old suspect, now in police custody, is a former butcher.

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