A health care worker administered a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a walk-up vaccination site in San Francisco on Feb. 3, 2021.

Pockets of unvaccinated Americans threaten to prolong pandemic

Less than 25% of the population is fully vaccinated in at least 482 counties, an analysis shows.

Why American women everywhere are delaying motherhood

Luz Portillo at home in Avondale, Ariz., where she receives clients for her eyelash extension business, on May 30, 2021. Portillo plans to delay pregn
It is possible that the drop over the past decade is a new normal for fertility in America.

Federal judge blocks Biden's pause on new oil, gas leases

FILE - In this April 1, 2019 file photo, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry talks about health care legislation he’s backing in the upcoming ses
The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska waters "and all eligible onshore properties."
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The Latest: Putin says no hostility in meeting with Biden

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the tone of the talks with U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday as "constructive" and said there was no hostility during the talks.
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Latinas left workforce at highest rate, see slow recovery

Teresa Marez spent 14 years building a strong clientele base as a hair stylist in San Antonio. When her son, who is autistic, had to switch to virtual learning because of the pandemic, she quit her job to help him.
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Waddling into view are the stars of Netflix's 'Penguin Town'

They arrive every year in their snazzy black and white tuxedos, causing traffic jams and clamoring for quality real estate.
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Black scholar Earl Lewis on the Floyd murder and reparations

Reparations, Earl Lewis says, are not about the past.
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Greenpeace apologizes, local police slam Euro 2020 protester

Greenpeace has apologized and Munich police are investigating after a protester parachuted into the stadium and injured two people before Germany's game against France at the European Championship.
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Iowa man charged with killing family blamed masked intruder

A 20-year-old man charged with killing his parents and younger sister in their family home in Iowa told police that a masked intruder was to blame for the homicides, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday.
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Computer trouble hits Hubble Space Telescope, science halted

The Hubble Space Telescope has been hit with computer trouble, with all astronomical viewing halted, NASA said Wednesday.
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Senators would stop 'micropolitan' label for 144 US cities

Some lawmakers are trying to stop 144 U.S. cities from losing their designations as "metropolitan areas" as the federal government updates its standards, doubling the minimum number of residents required in a city's urban core to 100,000 people.
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FBI agents shoot, kill suspect in 2-state kidnapping probe

An investigation into a reported kidnapping in Philadelphia led authorities to a home in northern New Jersey where federal agents shot and killed a suspect early Wednesday, officials said.
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Stocks, bond yields in holding pattern ahead of Fed decision

Stocks were moving between small gains and losses Wednesday as investors wait to hear from the Federal Reserve on issues related to the economy and inflation.
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Southern Baptists vote to debate sex abuse investigation

Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to have a floor debate on a proposed investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse.
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School investigates use of antisemitic imagery in yearbook

A Massachusetts middle school is investigating after antisemitic imagery and other inappropriate words and drawings were found drawn in student yearbooks, schools officials said.

Hours after 4 killed in Chicago, 5 more hurt in shooting

CHICAGO — Five people standing outside on Chicago's West Side were shot in a violent end to a day that began with a mass shooting…

Athletes abused by late doctor demand U-Michigan probe

Former athletes on Wednesday urged the University of Michigan's governing board to launch a full investigation of sexual abuse committed by a late doctor and how the school failed to stop him during his decades on campus.

Courtroom emotion as trial begins in Florida double slaying

A death penalty trial in Florida began with the defendant, acting as his own lawyer, shouting at jurors that he did not attack his girlfriend and disabled daughter more than three years ago.
Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, and Chief Executive Engineer Linda Zhang stand next to the Ford F-150 Lightning at a rollout even

GM, Ford outdo each other with electric vehicle investments

General Motors will raise its spending on electric and autonomous vehicles and add two U.S. battery factories as it gambles that consumers will eagerly switch from gasoline to the new technology.

The Latest: Japan looks to ease virus emergency in Tokyo

Japan is expected to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and most other areas this weekend, with the Olympics starting in just over a month.

Loan relief granted to defrauded for-profit college students

The U.S. Education Department said Wednesday it's erasing student debt for thousands of borrowers who attended a for-profit college chain that made exaggerated claims about its graduates' success in finding jobs.

US home construction up a moderate 3.6% in May

U.S. home construction rose 3.6% in May as builders battled a surge in lumber prices that have made homes more expensive

Energy milestone: Florida utility topples last coal chimney

Florida Power & Light imploded the towering chimney stack of its last coal-fired generating plant on Wednesday, a milestone in its transition to cleaner energy sources.