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The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday

The U.S. government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with a day called “Juneteenth.” President Joe Biden s...

What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conferenc...

GOP needs new health care target; ‘Obamacare’ survives again

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” signals anew that the GOP must look beyond repealing the law if it wants to hone the nation...

What’s behind the heat wave in the American West?

PHOENIX – Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the ...

‘Pure business’ at Biden-Putin summit: No hugs, no brickbats

GENEVA – President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded their summit on Wednesday with an agreement to return their nations' ambassadors to their posts in Washington and ...

U.S. West swelters in record-busting heat, risking wildfires

PHOENIX — Dangerous, record-busting heat spread across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday and into parts of Utah, Montana and Wyoming as a dome of high pressure hovered over a large swath of the ...

More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in U.S. by Christmas 2019

NEW YORK – A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest that the new coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2...

Doctors warn of burns from asphalt as heat wave hits West

PHOENIX – Doctors who work in Arizona and Nevada burn centers are warning of injuries from contact with super-heated roadways and other surfaces as the first extreme heat wave of the year ex...

U.S. intel report warns of more violence by QAnon followers

WASHINGTON – A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, could target Democrats and othe...

US bans dogs brought in from 100 countries with rabies risk

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Monday announced a one-year ban on bringing in dogs from more than 100 countries where rabies is still a problem.

Workers push back against hospitals requiring COVID-19 vaccines

HOUSTON – Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse in Houston, is steadfast in her belief that it's wrong for her employer to force hospital workers like her to get vaccinated against COVID-19 o...

Thinner Mints: Girl Scouts have millions of unsold cookies

The Girl Scouts have an unusual problem this year: 15 million boxes of unsold cookies. The 109-year-old organization says the coronavirus – not thinner demand for Thin Mints – is the main cu...