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Facebook Board Upholds Trump Ban, Just Not an Indefinite One

President Donald Trump speaks to crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo / Luis M. Alvarez, File)

Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — at least not yet. Four months after Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the company’s quasi-independent oversight board upheld the bans.

Biden’s Agenda: What Can Pass and What Faces Steep Odds

President Joe Biden arrives to speak to a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Melina Mara / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

President Joe Biden laid out a long list of policy priorities in his speech to Congress — and some are more politically plausible than others. A look at what’s possible, and what’s unlikely, when it comes to action in Congress.

Biden Aims to Vaccinate 70% of American Adults by July 4

Workers at a mostly empty COVID-19 vaccination clinic located at Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God in Birmingham, Ala., are shown on Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Jay Reeves)

President Joe Biden on Tuesday set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one shot to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth as he tackles the vexing problem of winning over the “doubters” and those unmotivated to get inoculated. 

America’s New Normal: A Degree Hotter Than Two Decades Ago

In this Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 file photo, a member of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wades through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo / David Goldman)

Scientists have long talked about climate change — hotter temperatures, changes in rain and snowfall and more extreme weather — being the “new normal.” Data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put hard figures on the cliche. 

Some Black Parents Say Remote Learning Gives Racism Reprieve

In this undated photo provided by Tanya Hayles, Hayles poses with her son Jackson, 7. (Courtesy of Tanya Hayles via AP)

As schools reopen, Black students have been less likely than white students to enroll in in-person learning — a trend attributed to factors including concerns about the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on communities of color. But many Black parents are finding another benefit to remote learning.

FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week

In this April 26, 2021, file photo, East Hartford High School senior Sudeen Pryce, right, center, receives support from classmate Alexia Phipps, left, East Hartford High School Intervention Coordinator Mark Brown, second from left, and EMT Katrinna Greene, top right, of Manchester, as RN Kaylee Cruz of Bristol administers the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Pryce at a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo / Jessica Hill, File)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

US to Launch Trade Talks on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

In this Wednesday, April 14, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden removes his mask to speak at a news conference at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

The U.S. top trade negotiator will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping critically needed COVID-19 vaccines from being more widely distributed worldwide, two White House officials said Sunday.

EPA Rule to Phase Out Gases Used in Refrigerators, Coolants

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, speaks at Guilford Technical Community College, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Jamestown, N.C., about the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combating climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners.

Attention Travelers! EU Proposes Reopening External Borders

A visitor kneels in front of the Last Judgement fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican Museums on the occasion of the museum's reopening, in Rome, Monday, May 3, 2021. The Vatican Museums reopened Monday to visitors after a shutdown following COVID-19 containment measures. (AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino)

Travel to the European Union is currently extremely limited except for a handful of countries with low infection rates. But with the summer tourist season looming, the European Commission hopes the new recommendations will dramatically expand that list.

Police Fatally Shoot Gunman Who Killed 2 at Wisconsin Casino

Police line the parking lot outside the Oneida Casino in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 2nd, 2021, near Green Bay, Wisconsin. (AP Photo / Mike Roemer)

Tribal leaders in northeastern Wisconsin were in shock Sunday hours after a gunman opened fire at a their casino complex, killing two people and wounding another in what witnesses described as a hailstorm of bullets.

Employers, Insurers Push to Make Virtual Visits Regular Care

Medical director of Doctor on Demand Dr. Vibin Roy types notes as he listens to a patient during an online primary care visit from his home, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Keller, Texas. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

Make telemedicine your first choice for most doctor visits. That’s the message some U.S. employers and insurers are sending with a new wave of care options.

Chicago Police Say Gun Violence Is on the Rise This Year

(WTTW News)

Chicago has seen a significant increase in shootings and homicides so far this year, compared with the first four months of 2020, police said Saturday.

SpaceX Returns 4 Astronauts to Earth; Rare Night Splashdown

Support teams work around the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft shortly after it landed with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor Glover, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, Sunday, May 2, 2021. (Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP)

SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ Star, Dies at 89

In this Jan. 24, 1988 file photo, actress Olympia Dukakis, winner of a Golden Globe for “Best Performance in a Supporting Role” and Cher, winner of the “Best Performance by an Actress in a musical or comedy,” hold the awards they received for performances in the hit movie “Moonstruck” at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (AP Photo / Reed Saxon, File)

The veteran stage and screen actress whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” has died. She was 89.

Governor: Indianapolis ‘Still Reeling’ From FedEx Shooting

Members of the Sikh Coalition gather at the Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 17, 2021 to formulate the groups response to the shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis that claimed the lives of four members of the Sikh community. (AP Photo / Michael Conroy)

Indiana’s governor told members of the Sikh community and others who gathered at a downtown Indianapolis football stadium Saturday to remember the eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse that he knows their anguish from the attack is far from over.

More Perilous Phase Ahead for Biden After His 1st 100 Days

FILE - In this April 28, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on.  (Melina Mara / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Past the 100-day mark, with positive approval ratings and a far-reaching, nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill to show for it, Biden is now facing far more uncertain terrain. 

Bustos, Who Led Democrats’ Campaign Arm, Won’t Run Again

In this April 23, 2020, file image from video, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (House Television via AP, File)

Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, one of the few congressional Democrats from rural America, said Friday that she will not seek reelection next year, stepping aside after playing a lead role in 2020 elections that unexpectedly saw her party nearly lose House control.

White Farmers Sue Seeking Government Loan Forgiveness

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, a farmer harvests crops near Sinsinawa Mound in Wisconsin. (Eileen Meslar / Telegraph Herald via AP, File)

A group of Midwestern farmers sued the federal government Thursday alleging they can't participate in a COVID-19 loan forgiveness program because they're white.

Black Cemeteries Are Reflection of Deep Segregation History

Nadia Orton, a genealogist and family historian in Virginia, opens a binder of research next to the grave of a Civil War era slave at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Portsmouth, Va., Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Orton has worked tracing her own family and others to historically Black cemeteries. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Black cemeteries are scattered throughout the United States, telling the story of the country’s deep past of cemetery segregation. Many Black Americans excluded from white-owned cemeteries built their own burial spaces, and their descendants are working to preserve the grounds.

People of Color More Exposed Than Whites to Air Pollution

In this Monday, March 23, 2020 file photo, a playground outside the Prince Hall Village Apartments sits empty near one of the petrochemical facilities in Port Arthur, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Across America, people of color are exposed to more air pollution than whites from industry, vehicles, construction and many other sources, a new study has found.

Feds Raid Giuliani’s Home, Office, Escalating Criminal Probe

In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Federal agents raided Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home and office Wednesday, seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.

Biden’s Declaration: America’s Democracy ‘Is Rising Anew’

Vice President Kamala Harris, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., stand and applaud as President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Melina Mara / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

President Joe Biden declared that “America is rising anew” as he called for an expansion of federal programs to drive the economy past the coronavirus pandemic and broadly extend the social safety net on a scale not seen in decades.

Biden to Pitch Sweeping ‘Family Plan’ in Speech to Congress

In this April 12, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Marking his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would fundamentally transform the role government plays in American life.

EXPLAINER: Is It Legal to Shoot Suspects in the Back?

This undated family photo provided by Todd Pugh and Tania Dimitrova, Attorneys for the Alvarez family, shows Giselle Higuera, left, Anthony Alvarez, right, with their daughter in Chicago. (Courtesy Giselle Higuera and the Alvarez family via AP)

Seconds after Anthony Alvarez was shot from behind by a Chicago police officer, the fatally wounded 22-year-old looked over at the officer and asked: “Why you shooting me?” The officer answered, “You had a gun.” 

Boeing Posts 1Q Loss, Takes a Hit on Air Force One Work

Boeing Co. on Wednesday, April 28, reported a loss of $537 million in its first quarter. The Chicago-based company said it had a loss of 92 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were $1.53 per share. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

Boeing Co. reported a wider than expected first-quarter loss on Wednesday and took another charge on its program to build two new Air Force One presidential planes after firing a contractor it hired to help perform the work.

CDC Says Many Americans Can Now Go Outside Without a Mask

Runners enjoy Chicago’s lakefront trail. (WTTW News)

U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go without a face covering outside in some cases, too.