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Russians Are Voting On 206 Reforms. The Most Important One Will Extend Putin's Rule

A newly unveiled World War II monument towered behind Vladimir Putin as the Russian president made a final pitch for a July 1 vote on a raft of constitutional changes that include a ban on same-sex marriage and an affirmation of Russians' faith in God.

"We are not just voting for amendments," Putin said on state TV on Tuesday. "We are voting for the country in which we want to live, with modern education and health care, reliable social protections and an effective government accountable to the public."

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Belgian King Conveys 'Deepest Regrets' For Brutal Colonial Past In Congo

The policies of Belgian King Leopold II left millions of people dead more than a century ago in the region that is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Now, in a first for the Belgian monarchy, King Philippe has expressed his "deepest regrets" for a colonization campaign that remains notorious for its brutality.

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A Doctor Confronts Medical Errors — And Flaws In The System That Create Mistakes

For more than two decades as an internist at New York City's Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Danielle Ofri has seen her share of medical errors. She warns that they are far more common than many people realize — especially as hospitals treat a rapid influx of COVID-19 patients.

"I don't think we'll ever know what number, in terms of cause of death, is [due to] medical error — but it's not small," she says.


Amy McGrath Is Projected To Edge Out Charles Booker In Ky. Senate Democratic Primary

Updated at 6 p.m. ET

The Democratic Party's more establishment wing is victorious in a high-profile Kentucky Senate primary despite a late surge from a rising progressive lawmaker.

Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath has beaten state Rep. Charles Booker in the state's Democratic U.S. Senate contest, The Associated Press projects.

The call came Tuesday, a week after the primary, as absentee ballots were counted.

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Colorado Police Officers Under Investigation Over Photos At Elijah McClain Memorial

The police department in Aurora, Colo., is investigating several officers who posed for photographs near the site where Elijah McClain was forcibly arrested as he walked home from a convenience store last summer. The site became a memorial to the 23-year-old who died in police custody. He was not suspected of committing any crime.

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Opinion: Israel's Annexation Plan Dims Hope For Better Ties With Gulf Arab States

Bilal Y. Saab, a senior fellow and director of the Defense and Security Program at the Middle East Institute, served from August 2018 to September 2019 in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as senior advisor for security cooperation in the Middle East. Charlotte Armistead is a research assistant at MEI's Defense and Security Program.

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NAACP Plans To Move Its Headquarters From Baltimore To Washington, D.C.

The NAACP is planning a big move.

Leaders of the 111-year-old civil rights organization signed a letter of intent to relocate its headquarters from Baltimore, where it's been for decades, to Washington, D.C.

Muriel Bowser, the mayor of the District of Columbia, said the plan is to have the NAACP move to the city's historic U Street corridor.


South Korea Holds Onto Patient Data From Prior Coronavirus, Worrying Privacy Groups

South Korea has acknowledged it is permanently keeping data on patients from a previous virus epidemic, worrying privacy advocates that the government is sidestepping legal safeguards protecting personal information.


Supreme Court: Montana Can't Exclude Religious Schools From Scholarship Program

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Montana's exclusion of religious schools from a state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates the Constitution.

The 5-4 decision, in which Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's other conservatives, is a victory for parents who wanted to use the state tax credit to help send children to religious schools.


Carl Reiner, Actor, Director, Writer, Producer And Mensch, Dies At 98

Carl Reiner's career began at the dawn of television comedy in the 1950s and lasted more than six decades. The actor, director, writer and producer died of natural causes Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills.

Reiner belonged to a generation of Jewish comics who helped define American comedy in the 20th century. He was born Carleton Reiner in the Bronx in 1922 to parents who had emigrated from Europe. He began as a serious actor, then a stand-up comic.