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What Mattered This Week: June 14-18, 2021

The U.S. crosses another COVID-19 milestone that no other nation has reached: 600,000 deaths. Plus, President Biden establishes June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, and a record-setting "heat dome" is scorching the American West. Read up on these and more of the week’s top stories.

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What Mattered This Week: June 14-18, 2021
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    The U.S. Has Hit 600,000 COVID Deaths, More Than Any Other Country

    The U.S. Has Hit 600,000 COVID Deaths, More Than Any Other Country

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    NPR - Scott Neuman

    More than 15 months since the first confirmed death due to COVID-19 in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives across the country. But that trend has slowed from thousands to hundreds per day in recent weeks, thanks largely to the ready availability of vaccines. Over …

    EU lifts travel restrictions for US travelers

    EU lifts travel restrictions for US travelers

    (CNN) — US travelers will finally be allowed to visit Europe again this summer. The European Union's governing body has recommended that the bloc lift restrictions on non-essential travel from 14 countries, including the US, a move that would allow visitors from these destinations to vacation in …

    China successfully launches three astronauts to new space station

    China successfully launches three astronauts to new space station

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    The Verge

    A Long March rocket blasted off from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center today, carrying three astronauts to China’s new space station. The launch marks China’s first crewed mission in five years. The launch of the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft took place at 9:22AM local time on Thursday morning. The …

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