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Cubans Wonder What’s Next After Antigovernment Protests

Less than a week after a rare series of antigovernment protests were broken up by police and government sympathizers, and elicited self-criticism from President Miguel Díaz-Canel, things appear calm in Cuba. But many wonder for how much longer.

‘A Blaring Siren’ for Democrats After Ruling Halts DACA

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, Mercedes Herrera and others chant during an event on DACA and DAPA Immigration Relief at the Houston International Trade Center in Houston. (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Immigrants and advocates are urging Democrats and President Joe Biden to quickly act on legislation to protect young immigrants after a federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled illegal an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of them brought into the U.S. as children.

$3 Million in Grants Going to Black History Sites, Groups

FILE - A large crowd gathers outside the Roberts Temple Church of God In Christ in Chicago, Sept. 6, 1955, as pallbearers carry the casket of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy who was slain while on a visit to Mississippi. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is awarding $3 million in grants to help preserve the site and dozens more across the nation. (Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Recipients of money from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund include a consortium of civil rights sites and Black churches in Alabama; work to establish an African American heritage trail in Colorado; and preservation of the church where Emmett Till's funeral was held in Chicago after his lynching in Mississippi in 1955.

Biden’s Census Nominee Promises Independence, Transparency

Census Bureau Director nominee Robert Santos is sworn in to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, Thursday, July 15, 2021. If confirmed, Robert Santos, a third-generation Mexican American, would be the first person of color to be a permanent head of the nation’s largest statistical agency. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Census Bureau told a Senate committee on Thursday that he would bring transparency and independence to the nation’s largest statistical agency, which was challenged by the pandemic, natural disasters and attempts at political interference while carrying out the 2020 census.

White House Convenes Mayors to Discuss Strategies on Crime

President Joe Biden meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The Biden administration on Thursday convened the first meeting of its community violence intervention collaborative, a group of mayors and administration officials that will share best practices and work closely with the federal government to reduce gun violence.

How the Expanded Child Tax Credit Payments Work

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks during an event to mark the start of monthly Child Tax Credit relief payments, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The Biden administration is beginning to distribute expanded child tax credit payments, giving parents on average $423 this month, with payments continuing through the end of the year.

US Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in Pandemic Last Year

In this Sunday, May 10, 2020 file photo, Sharon Rivera adjusts flowers and other items left at the grave of her daughter, Victoria, at Calvary Cemetery in New York, on Mother’s Day. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens, File)

Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounts to a 29% increase.

Money in the Bank: Child Tax Credit Dollars Head to Parents

In this June 11, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris talks with bilingual early childhood education school CentroNia students Jayden Bello, left, and Celina Barrera during a visit to the school in northwest Washington. Teacher Billo Diawara, right, watches. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The child tax credit had always been an empty gesture to millions of parents. That changes Thursday when the first payment of $1,000 hits bank accounts — and dollars start flowing to the pockets of more than 35 million families around the country. 

Jussie Smollett Back in Court for Hearing About His Lawyer

In this Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, after an initial court appearance on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year. (AP Photo / Matt Marton File)

Jussie Smollett returned to court Wednesday for the first time in a year for a five-hour hearing to determine whether one of the actor’s attorneys should be allowed to keep representing him in his case against accusations that he staged a racist and homophobic attack against himself.

Biden Pitches Huge Budget, Says Dems Will ‘Get a Lot Done’

President Joe Biden joins Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and fellow Democrats at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, to discuss the latest progress on his infrastructure agenda. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden made a quick foray to the Capitol on Wednesday hunting support for his multitrillion-dollar agenda of infrastructure, health care and other programs. Our Spotlight Politics team weighs in on this and more.

Explainer: What’s in the Texas GOP’s Voting Bills?

Democratic Texas State Rep. Chris Turner, left, from Grand Prairie, speaks during a news conference with other Texas Democrats, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Texas voting bills that prompted state Democrats’ flight to Washington this week include a raft of tweaks and changes to the state’s election code. Some are dramatic, others highly technical, and a couple could make life easier for voters.

Candace Parker to Be First Woman on Cover of NBA 2K Game

Candace Parker looks to pass during practice for the WNBA All-Star Basketball team, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher)

Candace Parker grew up playing video games, and now she’ll be the first female basketball player on the cover of one. The Chicago Sky star will appear on the NBA 2K22 cover for the WNBA 25th Anniversary special edition when it’s released Sept. 10.

Explainer: Are We Going to Need COVID-19 Booster Shots?

In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, a doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo / Rahmat Gul, file)

Just because Pfizer wants to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters doesn’t mean people will be lining up anytime soon — U.S. and international health authorities say that for now, the fully vaccinated seem well protected.

Quenneville Offers to Participate in Blackhawks Review

In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 file photo, Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville has offered to participate in the Chicago Blackhawks’ review of allegations by a former player who says he was sexually assaulted by a then-assistant coach in 2010.

US Consumer Prices Surge in June by the Most Since 2008

A sign displays the price for shirts as a shopper peruses the offerings at a Costco warehouse on Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Lone Tree, Colo. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Prices for U.S. consumers jumped in June by the most in 13 years, evidence that a swift rebound in spending has run up against widespread supply shortages that have escalated the costs of many goods and services.

GOP State Voting Restrictions ‘Un-American,’ Biden Declares

President Joe Biden delivers a speech on voting rights at the National Constitution Center, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden declared preserving voting rights an urgent national “test of our time” on Tuesday but offered few concrete proposals to meet it. Texas Democrats took their own dramatic action to stymie Republican efforts to tighten ballot restrictions in their state.

US COVID-19 Cases Are Rising Again, Doubling Over 3 Weeks

In this Sunday, July 4, 2021, file photo, spectators watch as fireworks explode over the Las Vegas Strip during a 4th of July Fireworks show in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher, File)

The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. 

‘The Crown,’ ‘Mandalorian’ Top Emmy Nominations with 24 Each

This image released by Disney+ shows Pedro Pascal in a scene from “The Mandalorian.” (Disney+ via AP)

During an oppressive pandemic in which housebound Americans relied more than ever on television for distraction, TV academy voters recognized a varied mix of storytelling and a diverse group of actors and creators.

FDA Adds Warning About Rare Reaction to J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

In this March 26, 2021, file photo a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site setup in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

U.S. regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction, but said it’s not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.

Biden Balances Fighting Rising Crime, Reforming Police

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser listens as President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting on reducing gun violence, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Facing rising fears of summer violence, President Joe Biden is embarking on a political high-wire act, trying to balance his strong backing for law enforcement with the police reform movement championed by many of his supporters.

Summer Camps Hit With COVID Outbreaks — Are Schools Next?

In this June 9, 2006, file photo, kids from a day camp get soaked by the the fire department at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. (Brad Smith / Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP, File)

The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, in what some fear could be a preview of the upcoming school year.

Search in Florida Collapse to Take Weeks; Deaths Reach 90

A member of the Israeli search and rescue team, left, salutes in front of the rubble that once was Champlain Towers South during a prayer ceremony, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (Jose A Iglesias / Miami Herald via AP)

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 90 deaths have now been confirmed in last month’s collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Surfside, up from 86 a day before. Some 31 people remain listed as missing.

Pfizer to Discuss Vaccine Booster With US Officials Monday

In this May 11, 2021 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19, on Capitol Hill  (Jim Lo Scalzo / Pool via AP, File)

Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that booster shots will be needed.

Bonus Pay for Essential Workers Varied Widely Across States

Crosby Smith, care provider at Ludeman Developmental Center, a state home for the developmentally disabled, poses for a portrait near the center premise, Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Park Forest, Ill. (AP Photo / Shafkat Anowar)

Over the past year, about one-third of U.S. states have used federal COVID-19 relief aid to reward workers considered essential who dutifully reported to jobs during the pandemic. But who qualified for those bonuses — and how much they received — varied widely.

Billionaire Richard Branson Reaches Space in His Own Ship

This May 29, 2018 photo made available by Virgin Galactic shows the company’s VSS Unity on its second supersonic flight. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

Swashbuckling billionaire Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday, bringing astro-tourism a step closer to reality and beating out his exceedingly richer rival Jeff Bezos.

US Stops Jailing Pregnant Migrants, Reversing Trump Policy

In this March 30, 2021, file photo Mayra Culio from Guatemala is helped off an inflatable raft by a church volunteer after being smuggled across the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. (AP Photo / Dario Lopez-Mills)

U.S. immigration authorities will no longer routinely jail migrants facing deportation if they are pregnant or recently gave birth, reversing a Trump-era immigration policy.