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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...

Vaccine effort turns into slog as infectious variant spreads

Jun. 16, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

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 vaccinated. “The...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jun. 16, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. June 11, 2021. Editorial: Juneteenth should be a national holiday Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862, news of Black slaves’ freedom came at different times for those...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jun. 16, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

Kingsport Times News. June 11, 2021. Editorial: Independence Day signals a return to normal To date, it appears Kingsport alone of the Tri-Cities will host a July 4th parade, and that means visitors from other localities may add to the excitement from...

Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun. 15, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the...

Noem says she will try again for Mount Rushmore fireworks

Jun. 15, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem indicated Tuesday she will try again to hold a fireworks display over Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day on the heels of President Joe Biden's announcement that the White House will be hosting its own “independence from the...

California marks reopening with jackpots, Hollywood flair

Jun. 15, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Welcome back, California. San Francisco announced the return of its iconic cable cars. Disneyland threw open its doors to out-of-state tourists. And Gov. Gavin Newsom marked the day with Hollywood flair, visiting Universal Studios to celebrate the...

Fireworks return to Disney parks in latest lifting of rules

Jun. 15, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year. The company said Tuesday that firework shows will resume at the beginning of July at Walt...

'A summer of freedom': Vaccine gives new meaning to July 4th

Jun. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. ...

US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll

Jun. 15, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

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 and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer. The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns...