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Dr. Idriss Abdallah of the health activism group called Banlieues Sante, left, nurse Caroline Andoum, center, talk inside a tent in Bondy, north of Paris, Thursday Aug. 6, 2020. Festering beneath France's promise of guaranteed health care for all lie deep disparities across economic and racial lines – differences laid painfully bare by the COVID-19 crisis. (AP Photo/Arno Pedram)
August 13, 2020 - 2:06 am
BONDY, France (AP) — Festering beneath France’s promise of guaranteed health care for all lie deep disparities across economic and racial lines — differences laid painfully bare by the COVID-19 crisis. Two recent studies have documented these gaps, but government officials haven’t issued new...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, F-26 fighter jets from the DC Air National Guard fly over FedEx Field before an NFL football game against between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the team formerly known as Redskins will go by Washington Football Team until a new name is chosen. Washington will keep its burgundy and gold colors and replace the Indian head logo on helmets with a player's jersey number. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 23, 2020 - 3:15 pm
The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for at least the 2020 season, giving the organization time to choose a new, full-time name. Gone is the Indian head logo and the name Native American advocates have called a dictionary-defined racial slur. Here to...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, two people walk past a closed sign at a retail store in Chicago. Ever since the U.S. government launched its emergency lending program for small businesses on April 3, there have been complaints that bigger companies had their loans approved and disbursed more quickly. There is now evidence to back up those complaints. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
July 20, 2020 - 2:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the U.S. government launched its emergency lending program for small businesses on April 3, there have been complaints that bigger companies had their loans approved and disbursed more quickly. There is now evidence to back up those complaints. An Associated Press...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, file photo, shows a new housing project in the West Bank settlement of Naale. Peter Beinart, an influential American commentator, has shocked the Jewish establishment and Washington policy-making circles by breaking a long-standing taboo: He has endorsed the idea of a democratic entity of Jews and Palestinians living with equal rights between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
July 17, 2020 - 1:06 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An influential American commentator has sent shock waves through the Jewish establishment and Washington policy-making circles by breaking a long-standing taboo: He has endorsed the idea of a democratic entity of Jews and Palestinians living with equal rights between the Jordan...
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July 16, 2020 - 9:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Last year saw record representation of LGBTQ characters in the 118 films released by major studios, according to a new study by GLAAD. But for the third straight year, the racial diversity of LGBTQ characters has waned and transgender characters again went unseen. GLAAD called the...
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A rental sign is posted in front of an apartment complex Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Phoenix. Housing advocacy groups have joined lawmakers lobbying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-era moratorium on evictions when it expires, when the 120-day order ending July 22 was supposed to ensure people would not lose their homes if they fell ill to COVID-19 or lost jobs in the pandemic's economic fallout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
July 15, 2020 - 2:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Housing advocacy groups in Arizona have joined lawmakers in lobbying Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions, which will expire next week and allow authorities to start removing hundreds of renters in a state that's a national hot spot for both...
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks outside of the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital during a press conference, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Greenville, Ky. McConnell made the appearance to express his gratitude for Kentucky's front-line healthcare workers and to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)
July 14, 2020 - 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. Expected...
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks outside of the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital during a press conference, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Greenville, Ky. McConnell made the appearance to express his gratitude for Kentucky's front-line healthcare workers and to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)
July 14, 2020 - 6:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he'll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. Expected to...
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July 13, 2020 - 2:02 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia's 2019 “heartbeat" abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden departs after speaking at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 30, 2020 - 2:22 pm
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that his team is putting together a list of potential options for his first Supreme Court nominee, which he has already pledged will be a Black woman. “We are putting together a list of African American women who are qualified and have the experience...
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