WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will host his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, in Washington on June 28 to “consult about the many challenges and opportunities” facing the Middle East, the White House said in a statement. The head of state will be visiting the White House at a time of transition after a deal among Israeli opposition leaders ended Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as prime ...

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The Green Peafowl is so rare in China that wild sightings of the birds, with their golden-green plumage and sweeping tail feathers, can make national headlines. The photogenic creatures had social media users riveted last year when environmentalists went to court to stop construction of a dam that threatened their last remaining habitat. They won. A district judge in Yunnan, the southwestern ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic are on the cusp of gaining further clarity about their future. After playoff appearances in 2019 and 2020, the Magic are back in the NBA draft lottery after going 21-51 this season. Ping-Pong balls will determine when and how often they’ll pick in next month’s draft. The lottery is set for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN. The last time the ...

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LOS ANGELES — When COVID-19 vaccines became available in California, police officers, firefighters and other first responders got priority access, and potentially more. There were Airbnb gift cards, bicycles and cameras. Cash prizes in raffles ranged from $20 to $1,000. Some prison health care workers were made eligible for cash prizes just for sitting through a 30-minute “Vaccination ...

WASHINGTON — The Nationals' official Twitter account on Friday posted a graphic comparing NL East shortstops Trea Turner and Francisco Lindor. In the picture, the Nationals pointed out that Turner is beating Lindor in multiple statistical categories this season. Then, as Game 1 of Saturday's Mets-Nationals doubleheader began, the Nationals' account sent a tweet that, using pictures from the ...

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LONDON — As some governments and pharmaceutical officials prepare for COVID-19 booster shots targeting more-infectious virus variants, health authorities say it’s too early to tell if they will be required. “We do not have the information that’s necessary to make the recommendation on whether or not a booster will be needed,” Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, ...

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SAN DIEGO — Load Management isn't for athletes. It's an advertising slogan for a diaper company. Pampers for the pampered. And yet it now is cast in the soft stone of our sporting lexicon. Load Management is about our playing-for-dollars babies. What LM amounts to is millionaires taking a healthy break from work. With full pay. It all began in the NBA, when these all-powerful athletes who rule ...

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NEW YORK — Coronavirus infection rates fell again Saturday to new all-time lows in New York state.“ New Yorkers are getting a new lease on life as we defeat this pandemic and reopen our state’s economy for the future,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The seven-day average test rate dropped to 0.39%, a figure that has decreased every day for more than two months now. A relatively paltry 418 New Yorkers ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Claudette, the third named storm of the year, is now a tropical depression and continues its path toward the southeast region of the United States with heavy rain and gusty winds on Saturday night, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 8 p.m. EDT, the tropical depression was located about 75 miles west of Montgomery, Alabama, and about 125 miles north-northeast of ...

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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 ...