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Junta troops burn Myanmar village in escalation of violence

Jun. 16, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Government troops have burned most of a village in Myanmar's heartland, a resident said Wednesday, confirming reports by independent media and on social networks. The action appeared to be an attempt to suppress resistance against the ruling military junta. ...

Illinois becomes latest state to make Juneteenth a holiday

Jun. 16, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois became the latest state to make Juneteenth an official state holiday as Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure Wednesday near a rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The new law making June 19 a paid holiday for state employees and...

Hawaii becomes 49th state to recognize Juneteenth

Jun. 16, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii on Wednesday became the 49th state to officially recognize Juneteenth when the governor signed legislation designating June 19 as a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Gov. David Ige signed the bill just hours before the...

Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun. 16, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the nation. The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk, and...

Southern Baptists vote to probe leaders' sex abuse response

Jun. 16, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse. Separately, the convention approved its...

Millions fear eviction as US housing crisis worsens

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 4 million people say they fear being evicted or foreclosed upon in the coming months, just as two studies released Wednesday found that the nation's housing availability and affordability crisis is expected to worsen significantly following the pandemic. ...

Longtime Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan dies at age 92

Jun. 16, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — Jim Phelan, the bow-tied basketball coach who won 830 games during nearly a half-century at Mount St. Mary's, has died. He was 92. The athletic department at Mount St. Mary's said Wednesday that Phelan died overnight at his home in Emmitsburg. ...

Newspaper carrier confronted by sheriff files $5M tort claim

Jun. 16, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Black newspaper carrier confronted by Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer has filed a legal claim seeking at least $5 million in damages. Attorneys representing Sedrick Altheimer submitted the tort claim against the county on Tuesday, contending...

Chlöe, Shahidi, Cordae part of Disney EP honoring Black life

Jun. 16, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is celebrating this year’s Juneteenth with a new EP about the Black experience featuring actor and activist Yara Shahidi, Chlöe Bailey of Chloe x Halle and rapper YBN Cordae, who is donating his proceeds to students attending historically Black colleges and...

After enrollment dips, public schools hope for fall rebound

Jun. 16, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

Ashley Pearce’s daughter was set to start kindergarten last year in Maryland’s Montgomery County school system. But when it became clear that the year would begin online, Pearce found a nearby Catholic school offering in-person instruction and made the switch. Now...