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As case numbers decline 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 many Americans to get vaccinated. State health officials say the slowdown in vaccinations was not unexpected but still concerning, particularly as the highly transmissible and potentially more severe delta variant of coronavirus spreads through the U.S. Read more

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Geneva can breathe a sigh of relief after hosting a U.S.-Russia summit. President Joe Biden is aboard Air Force One and is on his way back to Washington after Wednesday’s meeting at an 18th century lakeside villa. Russian President Vladimir Putin had already departed for Moscow aboard his plane by the time Air Force One took off. Both leaders flew out of Switzerland after holding solo news conferences after meeting for more than three hours. Security was tight and access extremely limited to areas around the summit site. Read more

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Britain’s government says it 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. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the new rules, as well as plans for a public consultation on extending the vaccine requirement to National Health Service workers. He described the vaccination mandate Wednesday as a sensible step to save lives. Unions have objected to mandatory vaccinations, in part because it treats those workers differently than the general population.  Read more

A California man charged with storming the U.S. Capitol is accused of using a tax-exempt charity as a platform to protest that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump and to advocate for violence against political opponents. An eight-count indictment last week charges Alan Hostetter with plotting to block the certification of President Joe Biden's victory alongside followers of the anti-government Three Percenters movement. Hostetter told the IRS last year that he formed the nonprofit American Phoenix Project to defend civil rights and educate the public about vaccines. IRS regulations prohibit charities like Hostetter’s from participating in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. Read more

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They were a pair of young doctors in love who put off marriage to save lives. As the pandemic raged in Ecuador last year, they posted  a social media photo of themselves dressed in biohazard suits kissing and holding a sign saying: “Today was to be our wedding day, but instead…”  David Vallejo and Mavelin Bonilla’s decision to postpone their wedding moved many Ecuadorians. But within months, Vallejo himself would be fighting for his life and Bonilla was told her fiancée had a less than 10% chance of survival. He survived, but is still trying to overcome the effects of COVID-19. Read more

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European Union authorities are moving a step closer to deploying the bloc’s massive pandemic recovery fund. The president of the 27-nation bloc’s executive commission has started a tour of EU capitals to announce the initial endorsement of national recovery spending plans. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Portugal and Spain on Wednesday to announce the approval of their recovery plans. Portugal is set to receive 16.6 billion euros. Spain will get nearly 70 billion euros. The EU Next Generation funds have a strong emphasis on the environment and technology. Final approval for EU countries’ spending plans is still weeks away. Read more

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The European Union is recommending that member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries in whose cases restrictions on non-essential travel should be lifted. The move was adopted during a meeting in Brussels of permanent representatives to the 27-nation bloc. The recommendation is non-binding, and national governments have authority to require test results or vaccination records and to set other entry conditions. In addition to the U.S., the representatives of EU nations also added North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Lebanon and Taiwan to the tourist travel list.  Read more

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The last time Kim Jong Un faced rumors about his health, it was because the North Korean leader walked with a cane, missed an important state anniversary or panted for breath. Now, the 37-year-old faces fresh speculation about his health because he looks noticeably thinner in state media images. Kim’s health is a matter of intense global interest because he hasn’t publicly anointed a successor to control his country’s advancing nuclear program targeting the United States, if he is incapacitated. Some observers say Kim, who has weighted 308 pounds, likely has gone on a diet to improve health and may have lost about 22-44 pounds. Others say his chronic health problems might have worsened. Experts said his weight could increase the possibility of cardiovascular diseases.  Read more

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What will happen in Geneva when President Joe Biden meets Russia's Vladimir Putin for the first time since taking office isn't yet clear. Both sides acknowledge that the relationship between the two nations is at an all-time low, and neither holds out much hope for meaningful areas of agreement. But each man brings his own goals to the summit table on Wednesday. The Biden White House is looking to move toward a more predictable relationship and to attempt to rein in Russia’s disruptive behavior. A key goal for Putin is negotiating a tense status quo that would protect Moscow’s vital interests. Read more

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 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 and shooting off fireworks. The state on Tuesday lifted rules that had limited the size of gatherings and required some types of businesses to follow social distancing or cleaning protocols. Some rules will remain. New Yorkers will continue to have to wear masks in schools and subways, for example. About half of all 20 million residents in New York are fully vaccinated. Read more

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Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump and one of his top advisers during his administration, has a book deal. Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Kushner’s book will come out in early 2022. Kushner has begun working on the memoir, currently untitled, and is expected to write about everything from the Middle East to criminal justice reform to the administration’s handling of the pandemic. The announcement comes during an ongoing industry debate over which Trump officials, notably Trump himself, can be published without setting off a revolt at the publishing house. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read more

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What will happen in Geneva when President Joe Biden meets Russia's Vladimir Putin for the first time since taking office isn't yet clear. Both sides acknowledge that the relationship between the two nations is at an all-time low, and neither holds out much hope for meaningful areas of agreement. But each man brings his own goals to the summit table on Wednesday. The Biden White House is looking to move toward a more predictable relationship and to attempt to rein in Russia’s disruptive behavior. A key goal for Putin is negotiating a tense status quo that would protect Moscow’s vital interests. Read more

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has doled out $1.5 million each to 10 vaccinated winners at Universal Studios to mark the end of the state’s coronavirus restrictions. The $15 million awarded Tuesday was the final part of Newsom’s $116.5 million so-called “Vax for the Win” program. The effort encourages residents to get vaccinated and speed up California’s recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed 3.8 million globally and 600,000 nationwide. Tuesday was hailed as California’s reopening and meant the end of many coronavirus-related restrictions, including masks, social distancing and capacity limits in most settings. More than 3.6 million people tested positive for the virus in California and over 62,000 died. Read more

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Sunsets across Florida in the coming days could become even more spectacular, as clouds of dust from the Sahara desert sweep in across the Atlantic coast. The plume is expected to dampen storm activity but worsen air pollution, causing problems for some people with allergies and other respiratory issues. Some health experts say symptoms could mimic those from COVID-19. NASA is monitoring the dust, which was swept off Africa by strong winds swirling across the deserts of Mali and Mauritania. Trade winds are carrying the plume across the ocean. The leading edge is expected to arrive in Florida in the coming days. Read more

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President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption and more than 600,000 lives lost. The White House is expressing growing certainty that July Fourth will serve as a breakthrough moment in the nation’s recovery, even though the U.S. is not expected to reach its goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated by the holiday. To celebrate the resumption of pre-pandemic life, Biden is looking to celebrate the July Fourth holiday as “a summer of freedom.” Read more

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A New York judge on Tuesday approved disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s extradition to California, where he faces additional sexual assault charges. The decision ended a legal fight prolonged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the defense’s concerns about Weinstein’s failing health and a squabble over paperwork. Judge Kenneth Case said there was no reason to delay Weinstein’s transfer any longer. The judge denied the defense's request to keep Weinstein at a state prison near Buffalo — where he's serving a 23-year sentence for a rape conviction last year — until the start of jury selection in the Los Angeles case. Los Angeles authorities plan to collect the 69-year-old Weinstein in Alden, New York, at the end of June or in early July giving his lawyer time to appeal. Read more

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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 600,000, even as the vaccination drive has slashed daily cases and deaths and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom. That's according to the toll recorded by Johns Hopkins University. The number of lives lost is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Read more

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Confronted with a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, South Africa has returned to tighter restrictions on public gatherings and liquor sales. In a nationally televised address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the new infections threaten the health systems in several parts of the country. He said hospital admissions due to COVID-19 have increased by 59% over the past two weeks. According to Johns Hopkins University, South Africa’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has nearly doubled over the past two weeks from 6.69 new cases per 100,000 people on May 31 to 12.71 new cases per 100,000 people on June 14. Read more

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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 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is not definitive, and some experts remain skeptical, but federal health officials are increasingly accepting a timeline in which small numbers of COVID-19 infections may have occurred in the U.S. before the world ever became aware of a dangerous new virus erupting in China. The study study was published Tuesday online by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Read more

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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities. Read more

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The New York Philharmonic will resume subscription performances in September following a historic 18-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting a shortened schedule of 78 concerts in a season shifted from Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall while the orchestra’s home is remodeled. The Philharmonic will open Sept. 17 with music director Jaap van Zweden conducting. That concert, the orchestra’s first regular event since March 10, 2020, will be the first of 50 at Lincoln Center’s 1,086-seat Alice Tully Hall. There will be 28 concerts in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 1,233-seat Rose Theater plus four at Carnegie Hall.  Read more

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The empty, dark dance floor at the Viruta Tango Club is a symbol of the pandemic-induced crisis facing dancers and musicians of an art form known for close physical contact and exchanging partners. Like other venues of its kind, the Viruta club has been closed since March 8, 2020, around the time that Argentine authorities decreed a strict quarantine in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19. The club used to host hundreds of tango dancers between Wednesday and Sunday. Equally damaging has been the closing of borders that has prevented the arrival of tourists, the main source of financing for the local tango industry.  Read more

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Prosecutors in the trial of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi have presented arguments that she incited public disorder and flouted coronavirus restrictions, part of a package of charges the ruling military junta is seen as using to discredit her and consolidate its control. Suu Kyi and other members of her government and party were arrested by the military after its Feb. 1 coup, and criminal charges were brought against some of the top figures on a litany of charges that their supporters and independent observers say are bogus. A conviction on virtually any charge could result in Suu Kyi’s being banned from running in any future election, which many believe is the military’s goal. Read more

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A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the largest study to suggest the coronavirus popped up in the U.S. in December 2019. Read more

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Afghan officials say that gunmen targeted members of polio vaccination teams in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five staffers. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in the city of Jalalabad. Dr. Jan Mohammad says that along with the four killed, at least three members of the polio vaccination teams were wounded. Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the only two remaining countries in the world where polio is endemic, after Nigeria was last year declared free of the virus. In March, the Islamic State group said it shot and killed three women who were part of a polio vaccination team, also in Jalalabad. Read more

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Oman says its doctors have detected a potentially fatal fungal infection afflicting some coronavirus patients. It's the first such known cases on the Arabian Peninsula as the sultanate faces a surge in COVID-19 infections that have swamped its hospitals. Oman’s Health Ministry reported Tuesday that three COVID-19 patients in the country had become infected with mucormycosis, a life-threatening condition commonly known as “black fungus.” The fungal infection has spread quickly among virus patients in hard-hit India. Although the disease remains relatively rare, its sudden increase has stirred fears among doctors and health officials struggling to combat COVID-19 surges around the world.  Read more

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Dozens of Holocaust survivors attended a live concert at an Orthodox Jewish school in Brooklyn in the first large gathering for New York-area survivors after months of being isolated during the coronavirus pandemic. The concert by popular Orthodox Jewish singer Yaakov Shwekey was organized by the Nachas Health and Family Network and other groups that help the more than 35,000 Holocaust survivors who are estimated to live in the New York City metropolitan area. In the past year, many remained isolated at home because they were at a high risk of contagion from the fast-spreading virus.   Read more

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A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement’s false prophecies increasingly don’t come true. Many QAnon followers believe former President Donald Trump was fighting enemies within the so-called deep state to expose a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. The theory was embraced by some Trump supporters in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in January. The report was compiled by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and released Monday by Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat. Read more

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The U.S. Education Department on Wednesday expanded its interpretation of federal sex protections to include transgender and gay students. The move reverses Trump-era policy and stands against proposals in many states to bar transgender girls from school sports. In a policy directive, the department said discrimination based on a student’s sexual orientation or gender identity will be treated as a violation of federal sex discrimination law. The decision is based on last year’s Supreme Court ruling protecting gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said students “have the same rights and deserve the same protections” as workers. Read more

A Scottish man who tried to evade justice by fleeing to the United States has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape and other sexual offenses. Kim Avis faked his death at a treacherous California beach in 2019. But investigators caught up with him in Colorado, and he was extradited to Scotland. Avis was convicted in the High Court in Glasgow, Scotland, and sentenced last week. He was awaiting trial in 2019 when he fled to the U.S., where his son reported him missing after a nighttime beach swim in Carmel, California.  Read more

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U.S. stocks fell and bond yields rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve officials signaled they may start easing off the acclerator on their massive support for markets earlier than previously thought. The S&P 500 was 0.3% lower in afternoon trading after a highly anticipated set of projections by Fed policymakers showed some see short-term rates rising half a percentage point by late 2023. The Fed’s chair also said it has begun talking about the possibility of pulling back on its $120 billion in monthly bond purchases meant to keep longer-term rates low.   Read more

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As case numbers decline 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 many Americans to get vaccinated. State health officials say the slowdown in vaccinations was not unexpected but still concerning, particularly as the highly transmissible and potentially more severe delta variant of coronavirus spreads through the U.S. Read more

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A St. Paul man has been charged with intentional second-degree murder for allegedly driving into a group of protesters in Minneapolis. Prosecutors say 35-year-old Nicholas Kraus was drunk Sunday night when he tried to “jump” a car being used as a barricade by protesters in the city's Uptown neighborhood. A 31-year-old woman was killed. There’s nothing in the criminal complaint to suggest Kraus’ actions were motivated by political views or anger at protesters. It's not clear if Kraus has an attorney who can comment. The demonstrators were protesting the June 3 killing of a Black man by federal task force members during an arrest on a weapons violation.  Read more

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Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet discovered in the country this year. State and federal investigators said Wednesday that it's the first confirmed report from Snohomish County and appears to be unrelated to the 2019 and 2020 findings of the hornets near the U.S.-Canadian border. A resident found the dead hornet and reported it. Scientists believe it's an old hornet from a previous season that wasn’t discovered until now. The large invasive insects pose a threat to honeybees that are relied on to pollinate crops. While not particularly aggressive toward humans, their sting is extremely painful and repeated stings, though rare, can kill. Read more

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Until a year ago, Portland, Oregon, was best known nationally for its ambrosial food scene, craft breweries and “Portlandia” hipsters. Now, monthslong protests following the killing of George Floyd, a surge in deadly gun violence and an increasingly visible homeless population have some questioning whether Oregon’s largest city can recover. City officials insist Portland is resilient as they launch a revitalization plan. It includes citywide cleanups of protest damage, encampment removals, increased homeless services and police reform. They're hoping to improve Portland's reputation and bring visitors back to its downtown. Read more

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Longtime Mount St. Mary’s basketball coach Jim Phelan has died. The bow tie-wearing Phelan won 830 games during nearly a half-century at Mount St. Mary’s. The athletic department at the Catholic school in Emmitsburg, Maryland, says Phelan died in his sleep at home Tuesday night. He was 92. Phelan spent his entire 49-season career at Mount St. Mary’s. He took the Mount to 14 NCAA Division II tournaments, including five trips to the Final Four and a national championship in 1962. A Philadelphia native, Phelan starred on La Salle’s basketball team before coming to the Mount in 1954. After moving to Division I, his teams made the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and 1999. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Read more

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Two studies released Wednesday found that the nation’s housing availability and affordability crisis is expected to worsen significantly following the pandemic. The reports comes as the Census Bureau’s biweekly Household Pulse Survey found more than 4 million people are at risk of eviction or foreclosure in the next two months. The studies found the housing crisis is likely widening the housing gap between Black, Latino and white households, as well as putting homeownership out of the reach of lower class Americans. Both reports, one by Harvard University and another by the National Association of Realtors, call for government action through traditional measures like down payment assistance. Read more

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Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week. The Suns are not certain exactly how long Paul will have to be away from the team. The team says they'll update Paul's status on Saturday. That's one day before the earliest possible start of the Western Conference finals. Read more

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Spacesuit problems have prevented astronauts from completing the installation of powerful, new solar panels outside the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough encountered a pair of spacesuit issues midway through Wednesday's seven-hour spacewalk. The interruption put Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet an hour behind. Then they had trouble trying to unfold the solar panel booms. The astronauts are supposed to venture back out Sunday. But it's not clear whether they'll wrap up work on the first solar panel or get started on a second one. NASA wants to reenergize the aging space station as demand to visit grows. Read more

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MIAMI — 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, the company’s CEO said. Read more

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President Joe Biden has marked his first presidential summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin by giving his counterpart a pair of custom aviator glasses. Biden is so known for wearing aviator shades that he's sometimes parodied over them. Biden notably kept wearing his aviators while meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday. The aviators given to Putin are a brand manufactured in Massachusetts and designed for fighter pilots. Biden also gave Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison made by a New York-based glass company. The Kremlin has not said whether and how Putin may have reciprocated. Read more

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Israeli airstrikes hit militant sites in the Gaza Strip, and Palestinians responded by sending a series of fire-carrying balloons back across the border for a second straight day. Wednesday's moves pose further tests of a fragile cease-fire that ended last month’s war between Israel and Hamas. The latest round of violence was prompted by a parade of Israeli ultranationalists through contested east Jerusalem on Tuesday. Palestinians saw the march as a provocation and sent balloons into southern Israel, causing several blazes in parched farmland. Israel then carried out the airstrikes, the first such raids since a May 21 cease-fire ended 11 days of fighting. More balloons followed.  Read more

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The U.S. government has put an end to two Trump administration policies that made it harder for Central American migrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that immigration judges should no longer follow the rules that made it difficult for immigrants who faced domestic or gang violence to win asylum. He said President Joe Biden ordered his office and the Department of Homeland Security to draft rules addressing complex issues in immigration law about groups of people who should qualify for humanitarian protection. The move could make it easier for Central American immigrants to win their cases in immigration court. Read more

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The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it may act sooner than previously planned to start dialing back the low-interest rate policies that have helped fuel a swift rebound from the pandemic recession but have also coincided with rising inflation. The Fed’s policymakers forecast that they would raise their benchmark short-term rate, which influences many consumer and business loans, twice by late 2023. They had previously estimated that no rate hike would occur before 2024. In a statement after its latest policy meeting, the Fed also said it expects the pandemic to have a diminishing effect on the economy as vaccinations increase, thereby allowing for more growth.  Read more

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General Motors will raise 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 announcements came as crosstown rival Ford said its entire Lincoln luxury brand lineup would be electric or gas-electric hybrid by 2030, including four fully electric vehicles. For months, the automakers have been one-upping each other with electric vehicle announcements, which have fueled stock price increases for both companies. GM wouldn’t disclose locations for the plants. But Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson said they would be similar to those under construction in Ohio and Tennessee. Those factories each will employ more than 1,000 workers and cost about $2.3 billion. Read more

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The ESPYS are returning to New York next month and actor Anthony Mackie will host the show that honors the year’s top athletes and moments. The show will air July 10 live on ABC from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport. Last year’s show was virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. It previously was held in Los Angeles for 18 years. The show’s first seven editions were held in New York, either at Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall. Read more

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Geneva can breathe a sigh of relief after hosting a U.S.-Russia summit. President Joe Biden is aboard Air Force One and is on his way back to Washington after Wednesday’s meeting at an 18th century lakeside villa. Russian President Vladimir Putin had already departed for Moscow aboard his plane by the time Air Force One took off. Both leaders flew out of Switzerland after holding solo news conferences after meeting for more than three hours. Security was tight and access extremely limited to areas around the summit site. Read more

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Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting have decided to consider an investigation of the denomination's handling of sexual abuse cases. More than two-thirds of them voted Wednesday to debate a proposal to investigate leaders' handling of sex abuse claims. The convention’s business committee had planned to refer the proposal to its Executive Committee, the same entity alleged to have failed in its response to abuse cases. More than 15,000 voting delegates are attending the two-day meeting in Nashville, the highest number in decades.  Read more

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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. The company said all 1,400 employees aboard the Odyssey of the Seas were vaccinated on June 4, but two weeks had not passed for their bodies to build protection against the virus. The ship was sailing from Fort Lauderdale July 3, but has now been rescheduled for July 31. CEO Michael Bayley says six of the employees who tested positive are asymptomatic and two are mildly sick. They have quarantined all crew members and continue routine testing. Read more

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Britain’s government says it 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. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the new rules, as well as plans for a public consultation on extending the vaccine requirement to National Health Service workers. He described the vaccination mandate Wednesday as a sensible step to save lives. Unions have objected to mandatory vaccinations, in part because it treats those workers differently than the general population.  Read more

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A preliminary report by experts into the collapse of a Mexico City elevated subway line that killed 26 people placed much of the blame on poor welds that joined steel support beams to a concrete layer supporting the track bed. The city government hired Norwegian certification firm DNV-GL to study the possible causes of the May 3 accident, in which a single span of the elevated line buckled to the ground, dragging down two subway cars.  The construction defects threaten the reputation of Mexico's top diplomat, who was mayor at the time, and the country's richest man, who helped build it. Read more

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Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, instrumental in the club’s acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, is leaving the organization after 24 seasons. The Mavericks say they mutually agreed to part ways with Nelson. The son of former coach Don Nelson joined Dallas with his dad in 1998. Nowitzki came in a draft-day trade a few months later. The German led Dallas to the championship in 2011. The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since then. Doncic came in another draft-day deal in 2018. Read more

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Wild-card entry Jack Draper pulled off another surprising win at The Queen’s Club grass-court tournament, topping Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 7-6 (5), 7-6 (0) in a second-round matchup. It was the second ATP Tour match win for Draper, who eliminated third-seeded Italian Jannik Sinner in two tiebreakers in the first round. In other second-round matches, Cameron Norrie defeated fifth-seeded Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 6-2 to set up an all-British quarterfinal against Draper, fourth-seeded Alex de Minaur beat John Millman in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 in an all-Australian matchup, and Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated eighth-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (4). Read more

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A new report finds that Latinas have left the workforce at rates higher than any other demographic and also have had some of the highest unemployment rates throughout the pandemic. That could spell trouble not just for a post-pandemic economic recovery but for the long-term stability of the country as baby boomers continue to retire. Before the pandemic, Latinas were projected to join the U.S. workforce in higher numbers than anybody else between 2019 and 2029. Now, their economic gains and upward mobility are in jeopardy. The report is being released Wednesday by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, a Latino-focused think tank. It was provided first to The Associated Press. Read more

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The White House believes it has an ally in the bond markets to make the case that inflation isn’t an economic threat. Republican lawmakers have interpreted a jump in consumer and producer prices as a sign that inflation is spiking at levels that will hurt growth. But the financial markets appear to be backing President Joe Biden’s case that any price increases are the fleeting result of the United States restarting after the lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The White House points to two key market-based measures of inflation that show no cause for alarm in the medium to long term. Read more

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Disney is celebrating this year’s Juneteenth with a new EP about the Black experience featuring actor and activist Yara Shahidi, Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle and rapper YBN Cordae, who is donating his proceeds to students attending historically Black colleges and universities. “Music for the Movement Volume III – Liberated,” out on Friday, is the third volume in Disney’s four-part series of EPs honoring Black lives and social justice under a joint venture between Disney Music Group and The Undefeated, ESPN’s platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. Read more

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 elected to the Salt Lake City council. Assistant Utah Attorney General Steven Wuthrich told Darin Mano he hated him and his family and threatened to end his political career. Mano was appointed to his post and is now on the campaign trail. Mano is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a father of four. Wuthrich said Tuesday he regrets the ferocity and language of the email. The attorney general's office has said it's examining the situation.  Read more