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Was Hong Kong a colony? Not according to new textbooks, a newspaper says

SHENZHEN, China — At the stroke of midnight on July 1, 1997, the British flag over Hong Kong was lowered and the Chinese flag was raised at a ceremony marking the end of more than a century and a half of British colonial rule. Chinese President Jiang Zemin was on hand, as was Britain's Prince Charles.


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Canada will no longer require vaccines for domestic travelers and government workers

Vaccines will no longer be required in Canada for domestic travelers, transportation workers or employees of the federal government, as the country's vaccination rate is at about 80%.

The number of cases and rates of hospitalization and death have been decreasing in the country, Canada's Treasury Board said Tuesday.


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Seth Rich's killing was exploited on Fox News and online. His parents are fed up

The fatal shooting of a young Democratic Party aide named Seth Rich early in the morning of July 10, 2016, brought incalculable loss to his parents.


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Biden is under pressure on gas prices. So he's putting pressure on oil companies

Under intense political pressure to address soaring gasoline prices, President Biden is trying to push the nation's largest refiners to do more to boost supplies and lower prices.

In a letter to the companies on Wednesday, Biden said refiners are taking advantage of the crisis, seeing record-high profit margins at a time when inflation has soared and families are finding it hard to afford to fill up their cars.


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New Jersey touts abortion protections to lure businesses

Gov. Phil Murphy has a message for companies located in conservative states: come to New Jersey and your employees' abortion rights will be protected.

In a letter sent to nearly 60 businesses, the Democratic governor warned that an expected Supreme Court decision could spell the end of the federal protection for abortion, but that New Jersey would ensure reproductive rights regardless.


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A far-right plan to riot near an Idaho LGBTQ event heightens safety concerns at Pride

After disruptions to two LGBTQ pride events over the weekend — the arrest of a group of extremists who allegedly planned to riot near a Pride event in Idaho and the interruption of a "Drag Queen Story Hour" in the Bay Area — organizers of similar events this June say they are on edge as Pride Month continues.


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Exploring the Clotilda, the last known slave ship in the U.S., brings hope

MOBILE, Ala. — Juneteenth has long had special meaning for the descendants of the last slave ship known to come to the United States, the Clotilda. People like Vernetta Henson and Darron Patterson of Mobile, Ala.

They're descendants of Polee and Rose Allen, who were among the more than 100 kidnapped Africans a wealthy Alabama plantation owner smuggled into Mobile aboard the Clotilda 50 years after the Atlantic slave trade was abolished, and then sunk the ship to bury evidence of the crime.


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This kindergarten class has raised and set free 18 orphaned turtles

A kindergarten class in Stone Harbor, N.J., recently said bon voyage to a group of 18 orphaned turtles as part of a program to rescue, raise and release the diamondback terrapins.

For more than 20 years, teeny kindergarteners have met their tiny turtles at the beginning of the school year and helped raise them before setting them free around this time of year. The latest batch has just been released into the wild.


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Amber Heard says social media was a factor for her defamation trial jury

Amber Heard, the ex-wife of Johnny Depp who lost the high-profile defamation case earlier this month, said she told the truth in her testimonies and social media may have influenced the jury's decision.

"Of course, 'til my dying day, [I] will stand by every word of my testimony," she told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. "I think (the) vast majority of this trial was played out on social media. I think that this trial is an example of that gone haywire, gone amok, and the jury's not immune to that."


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U.K. vows more Rwanda deportation flights after legal setback

The British government vowed Wednesday to organize more flights to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda, after a last-minute court judgment grounded the first plane due to take off under the contentious policy.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said "preparation for the next flight begins now" despite legal rulings that none of the migrants earmarked for deportation could be sent to the East African country.


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