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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A woman died and four people were critically injured after an early Saturday morning shooting near downtown Anchorage, police said. It remains unclear whether the five people — including two women and three men — were specifically targeted or “caught in the crossfire,” Anchorage Police Chief Kenneth McCoy told reporters Saturday afternoon in the parking lot at Northway ...

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TEL AVIV, Israel — The first batch of Pfizer vaccines Israel sent to the Palestinian Authority on Friday as part of a larger swap deal was “completely normal” and identical to the vaccines being given to Israeli citizens, Israel’s Health Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. On Friday, the Palestinian Authority canceled its exchange agreement with Israel, saying the doses were set to ...

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LOS ANGELES — A small group converged Tuesday evening on the wide alleyway in downtown Los Angeles’ warehouse district. The young Black men and women filed out of cars and dapped and hugged the way you would any other day before the great pandemic. Then they got down to business. The meeting was a walkthrough for a block party they were planning to celebrate Juneteenth. It was dark out, but ...

FORT WORTH, Texas — The history of Juneteenth, declared a federal holiday Thursday, could be taught under a new Texas law dealing with state social studies curriculum, the bill's author says, but some fear parts of the legislation that deal with the teaching of white supremacy and slavery could be struck during a special session. Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3979 on Tuesday, calling the ...

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Thousands of people protested all over Brazil on Saturday against the government of President Jair Bolsonaro and his policies during the coronavirus pandemic. People took to the streets of Brasilia and 14 other provicincial capitals, calling for his resignation and demanding more vaccinations and economic support during the pandemic, news portal G1 reported. The ...

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TIJUANA, Mexico — Baja California has started administering more than 1.3 million Johnson & Johnson single-shots donated to Mexico by the U.S. as part of a strategy that could lead to the reopening of the border. This border state became the first in Mexico to open COVID-19 vaccination to people 18 years and over and is on its way to also becoming the first to reach herd immunity, according to ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is taking the first step toward providing gender-confirmation surgeries through its health-care network, Secretary Denis McDonough announced at a Pride Month event in Orlando Saturday — a historic move he said is simply “the right thing to do.” Vowing to create a “safe and caring” environment for all veterans, McDonough cited the need to ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the NFL has incentivized players to get the COVID-19 vaccine — loosening protocols only for those who oblige — Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu recently sat with his teammates for a meal and thought of its impact from a football standpoint. Only those who have been vaccinated will be allowed to eat with teammates, or unmask inside the facility or skip daily testing. Those ...

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Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi swept to a landslide win in Iran’s presidential election, potentially setting Tehran on a more hostile course toward the West as world powers attempt to revive a nuclear deal that could see it return to global oil markets. While the 60-year-old’s ascension could complicate efforts to restart the 2015 accord to limit the country’s atomic activity, it’s not ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Storm Claudette, the third named storm of the year, continues to dish out heavy rain with gusty winds as it moves toward the southeast region of the United States on Saturday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 5 p.m. EDT, the tropical storm was located about 95 miles west of Montgomery, Ala. and about 150 miles north of Mobile, Ala., with ...

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PHOENIX — Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the no-hitter in Clayton Kershaw's Hall of Fame career, a 15-strikeout, no-walk masterpiece against the Colorado Rockies that fell an error short of a perfect game. That performance will be remembered long after his career is over. So will what he did on a more recent June 18. On June 18, 2020, while Major League Baseball remained shut down ...

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ATLANTA — Tyrese Maxey had one thought after getting the biggest news of his professional career. Lunch. "Went to shootaround, ate some pasta, called my mom, went to sleep, came to the gym," Maxey said as he detailed the hours after he learned that the Sixers would be turning to him to save their season. Oh, to have that kind of mind. And that kind of digestive system. It was pure Maxey: a ...

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An Arizona police officer shot a truck driver on Saturday after he plowed through a group of 40 to 50 bicyclists, critically injuring at least six. The brutal crash unfolded during an event at the “Bike the Bluff” race in the city of Show Low. Police said the driver of a black Ford F-150 rammed into several bikers in front of an auto repair business, around 7:25 a.m. and then attempted to ...

ATLANTA — The Braves’ game Saturday night against the Cardinals at Truist Park was postponed because of inclement weather, the Braves announced around five hours before the scheduled first pitch. The teams will play a day/night doubleheader Sunday. The postponement was because of Tropical Storm Claudette, which has been raging across the Southeast. The forecast projected heavy rain in the ...

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II was all smiles as she arrived at Royal Ascot for the first time since 2019. Usually a regular at the famous Berkshire meet, the queen has been a no-show since it began on Tuesday. The monarch also missed last year's race as it was held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, on Saturday she braved the gray weather to cheer on the four horses ...

For at least one game, the Mets got the superstar they envisioned. Francisco Lindor had yet to hit multiple homers or knock in more than two runs in a Mets uniform, and was buried in yet another slump, hitless in his last 11 at-bats before Saturday. He more than snapped out of it in the Mets’ 5-1 win over the Nationals, stroking two two-run homers off Joe Ross and sandwiching an RBI single ...

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LOS ANGELES — Almost half of the U.S. has been in a drought since the start of 2021. Compounding factors, including low rainfall and snowpack, climate change and persisting droughts from previous years, have escalated into extreme dryness. The prolonged dryness means low water levels are endangering fish species in Oregon and Colorado, 30% of California’s population is in a drought emergency, ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is taking the first step toward providing gender-confirmation surgeries through its health care network, Secretary Denis McDonough announced at a Pride Month event in Orlando Saturday — a historic move he said is simply “the right thing to do.” Vowing to create a “safe and caring” environment for all veterans, McDonough cited the need to ...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin told business leaders at his flagship economic forum this month that Russia is coping better than many other countries with COVID-19. Events increasingly are contradicting him. Moscow on Friday reported a record-high 9,056 new COVID-19 cases, days after Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered mandatory vaccination for at least 2 million employees as surging infections ...

Idaho Republican U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher has been diagnosed with cancer, he announced on social media this week. Fulcher, who represents North and West Idaho, said on Facebook that he discovered cancer in a portion of his renal system — the system that includes the kidneys, urinary tract, bladder and urethra. He said his case is treatable and he expects to make a full recovery. “As a Christian, ...