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France Eases Masks Rules; Will End Nightly Virus Curfew

By Sylvie Corbet | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
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.

High Court Sides with Catholic Agency that Refused to Work with LGBTQ Families

By Jessica Gresko | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples as foster parents.

European Union Agrees to Lift Travel Restrictions on US Tourists

Thursday Jun 17, 2021
EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries for which they should gradually remove restrictions on non-essential travel.

Vaccine Effort Turns Into Slog as Infectious Variant Spreads

By Michelle R. Smith | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
As cases tumble and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other prizes failing to persuade some Americans to get vacc

Can You Mix and Match COVID-19 Vaccines?

By Maria Cheng | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
"Based on the basic principles of how vaccines work, we do think that the mix-and-match regimens are going to work," says Dr. Kate O'Brien, director of the World Health Organization's vaccine unit.

Thailand Sets Mid-October to Reopen to Vaccinated Visitors

By Chalida Ekvittayavechnukul | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
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.

Utah State Attorney Sorry for Email Rant to LGBTQ Councilman

Thursday Jun 17, 2021
A Utah state attorney angry about being awakened from a nap has apologized for sending an expletive-laden email to an LGBT politician campaigning to be the first Asian American person elected to the Salt Lake City council.

Utah 'Real Housewives' Star Seeks Fraud Case Dismissal

Thursday Jun 17, 2021
"Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah and her defense attorneys asked a federal judge in New York to dismiss charges against her in a fraud case because officers allegedly coerced her into waiving her Miranda rights when she was arrested.

Biden to Sign Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

By Kevin Freking | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

COVID-19 Cases Delay Long-Awaited Royal Caribbean Cruise

By Adriana Gomez | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
Royal Caribbean International is postponing for nearly a month one of the highly anticipated first sailings from the U.S. since the pandemic began because eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

Baker Fined for Refusing to Make Transgender Transition Cake

By Colleen Slevin | Thursday Jun 17, 2021
A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman.

Biden Admin Extends Protections to Transgender Students

Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
The U.S. Education Department expanded its interpretation of federal sex protections to include transgender and gay students, a move that reverses Trump-era policy and stands against proposals in many states to bar transgender girls from school sports.

Being Vaccinated Doesn't Mean You Must Go Maskless. Here's Why.

By Bernard J. Wolfson | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
Even if you are vaccinated, though, you don't need to change your behavior one iota if doing so makes you uncomfortable.

NY Lifts More COVID-19 Rules as it Hits VaccinationMark

By Marina Villeneuve | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining social distancing rules.

California Marks Reopening with Jackpots and Hollywood Flair

By Jocelyn Gecker, Stefanie Dazio | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
"California has turned the page. Let us all celebrate this remarkable milestone," an exuberant and mask-less governor Newsom declared from an outdoor stage at Universal Studios Hollywood.

3 International Travel Ideas for Your Summer Vacation

By Sally French, NerdWallet | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
So you're ready to hit the skies for an international flight after more than a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines and restrictions, but where can you go?

ACLU Asks Judge to Block Arkansas Trans Youth Treatment Ban

By Andrew DeMillo | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a federal judge to prevent Arkansas from enforcing its ban on gender confirming treatments for transgender youth while a lawsuit challenging the prohibition proceeds.

Q&A: Rita Moreno on Finding Self-Worth and Never Giving Up

By Jake Coyle | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
In the documentary "Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It," Norman Lear says: "I can't think of anyone I've ever met in the business who lived the American dream more than Rita Moreno."

Study: Half of US Cosmetics Contain Toxic Chemicals

By Matthew Daly | Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
More than half the cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada are awash with a toxic industrial compound associated with serious health conditions, including cancer and reduced birth weight, according to a new study.

Annie Murphy's New Show Takes Aim at Familiar Sitcom Tropes

By Alicia Rancilio | Tuesday Jun 15, 2021
"Schitt's Creek" star Annie Murphy's new AMC series "Kevin Can F Himself" presents itself as one of those traditional multicamera comedies with a laugh track and corny jokes. Viewers will quickly learn it's actually much darker.

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