News: National

Despite Odds Stacked Against It, New Mexico’s Vaccination Rate Is Near The Top
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Kirk Siegler | June 16, 2021
Many residents of Guadalupe County, New Mexico skew older and have pre-existing health conditions. In more rural areas, some depend on poorly ventilated wood stoves for heat.Kirk Siegler | NPR Shoppers and diners are slowly returning to Albuquerque's trendy Nob Hill neighborhood. It's a welcome sign to Mike and Kathy ...
Senate Unanimously Approves A Bill To Make Juneteenth A Public Holiday
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Alana Wise | June 15, 2021
Juneteenth marks when enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum via AP The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a legal public holiday. ...
Biden Wants To End For-Profit Immigrant Detention. His Administration Isn’t So Sure
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Joel Rose | June 15, 2021
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.EVELYN HOCKSTEIN | REUTERS When President Biden visited the battleground state of Georgia for a rally to celebrate his 100th ...
MacKenzie Scott Is Giving Away Another $2.7 Billion To 286 Organizations
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Laurel Wamsley | June 15, 2021
Updated June 15, 2021 at 5:01 PM ET Saying that she's troubled by the increasing concentration of wealth, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott says she is giving away another $2.7 billion of her fortune to 286 nonprofit organizations. Scott, who divorced from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019, made the announcement in ...
A Small Florida Town Accidentally Sold Its Water Tower For $55,000
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Josie Fischels | June 15, 2021
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.Google Maps When business owner Bobby Read approached the Brooksville City Council about purchasing a municipal building at the base of the small Florida city's water ...
The U.S. Has Hit 600,000 COVID Deaths, More Than Any Other Country
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Scott Neuman | June 15, 2021
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.Spencer Platt | Getty Images More than 15 months since the first confirmed death due to COVID-19 in ...
The Violent Arrest Of A Woman With Dementia Highlights The Lack Of Police Training
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Leigh Paterson | June 15, 2021
Body camera video recorded the arrest of Karen Garner on June 26, 2020, in Loveland, Colo. Garner, then 73, has dementia and sensory aphasia.Loveland, Colo., Police Department It's been nearly a year since police officers in Loveland, Colo., injured an older woman with dementia and then laughed at the footage ...
Southwest Airlines Grapples With Another Outage, Halting Flights
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Jaclyn Diaz, James Doubek | June 15, 2021
A systemwide outage Monday night affected Southwest Airlines flights across the country.Scott Olson | Getty Images Updated June 15, 2021 at 4:46 PM ET Less than 24 hours after a data problem disrupted Southwest Airlines flights across the U.S., the airline was once again hit by outages, leading the Federal ...
Family Of Alton Sterling Has Accepted $4.5 Million For His Killing By Police
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The Associated Press | June 14, 2021
In this July 6, 2016 file photo, photos of Alton Sterling are taped to a makeshift memorial outside the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. Sterling, was shot and killed outside the store by Baton Rouge police.Gerald Herbert | AP BATON ROUGE, La. — The children of a ...
1 Woman Is Dead, Others Injured In Minneapolis After A Driver Plows Into Protesters
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Jaclyn Diaz | June 14, 2021
Protesters face police on June 6 in Minneapolis as they demand justice for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., who was fatally shot by members of a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. A woman at another Smith protest was killed Sunday after a vehicle drove into demonstrators.Christian Monterrosa | AP One woman ...