A 5,000-square-foot mural created by Reginald C. Adams, at the spot where, in 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger issued the orders that resulted in the freedom

Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

'Communion wars' take center stage at Catholic bishops meeting

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U.S. President Joe Biden, center, left after attending Mass at Sacred Heart and St. Ia Catholic Church, in St. Ives, southern England, Sunday, June 13
Bishops will consider whether to ban pro-abortion rights Catholic politicians from receiving communion.

Trump pressed Justice Dept. to back false claims of election fraud

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File - In this Sept. 22, 2020 file photo, then Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in
An hour before Donald Trump announced in December that William Barr would step down as attorney general, the president began pressuring Barr's eventual replacement to have the Justice Department take up his false claims of election fraud.
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Latinas left US 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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Schumer, White House back repeal of Iraq War authorization

The White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are endorsing efforts to terminate the 2002 authorization of military force against Iraq, a step that supporters say is necessary to constrain presidential war powers even though it is unlikely to affect U.S. military operations around the world.
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Dems, GOP edging away from fight over Reps. Greene, Omar

House Democrats and Republicans backed away Wednesday from a tit-for-tat battle over punishing firebrand lawmakers from the other party, setting aside for now a fight that risked inflicting political damage on each side.
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The Latest: Portugal's surge in cases highest since February

Portugal is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, with the government set to review its pandemic rules on Thursday.
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Reports find US housing crisis worsening; gov't help needed

Two studies released Wednesday found that the nation's housing availability and affordability crisis is expected to worsen significantly following the pandemic, likely widening the housing gap between Black, Latino and white households, as well as putting homeownership out of the reach of lower class Americans.
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Marshals Service can't properly track threats against judges

The U.S. Marshals Service lacks the capability of adequately detecting threats against federal judges across the nation and uses outdated security equipment to protect judges' homes, the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday.
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Ivory Coast's ex-president to return 10 years after arrest

Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to accept defeat in Ivory Coast's 2010 presidential election sparked months of violence that killed at least 3,000 people and brought the country to the brink of civil war.
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Yellen: administration is watching inflation closely

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen assured Congress that the recent jump in inflation is being monitored very carefully by the Biden administration, but said again that any increase will prove temporary.
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The Latest: Putin: Russia, US to hold cybersecurity talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he and U.S. President Joe Biden have agreed that their two nations will start consultations on cybersecurity.
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Appeals court refuses to reinstate N Carolina abortion ban

North Carolina's ban on most abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy must remain unenforceable, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the law should be left intact because prosecutors aren't going after doctors who violate it.
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France eases mask rules; will end nightly virus curfew

France on Wednesday eased several COVID-19 restrictions, with authorities saying it's no longer always mandatory to wear masks outdoors and halting an 8-month nightly coronavirus curfew this weekend.
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Town, state jockey over renaming racialized waterway name

A Vermont town is divided about renaming a brook that has an outdated, racialized name, though a state agency may ultimately make the decision.
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Biden, Putin set 'consultations' on updating nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a "constructive" summit Wednesday to return their nations' ambassadors to their posts and begin negotiations to replace the last remaining treaty between the two countries limiting nuclear weapons.
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German woman convicted of joining IS, holding Yazidi slaves

A German-Algerian woman was convicted Wednesday of membership in the Islamic State group and of holding Yazidi women as slaves in Syria after she traveled there as a teenager. She was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.
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UK to require COVID-19 shots for nursing home workers

Britain will require COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home workers in England, arguing that the need to protect vulnerable residents outweighed employees' right to choose whether to get the jab.
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SUMMIT NOTEBOOK: Biden nods, but what did he really mean?

What does it mean when President Joe Biden nods his head?
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US Army has hidden or downplayed loss of firearms for years

The U.S. Army has hidden or downplayed the extent to which its firearms disappear, significantly understating losses and thefts even as some weapons are used in street crimes.
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Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:
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Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday.
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Banker arrested as Nicaragua crackdown expands

Nicaragua's police have arrested a prominent banker in a sign the government's pursuit of opponents is expanding beyond political leaders and potential challengers to President Daniel Ortega.