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COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

- Associated Press

After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States - like the persistent reality of gun violence that kills tens of thousands of people a year.

With public camping a felony, Tennessee homeless seek refuge

- Associated Press

Miranda Atnip lost her home during the coronavirus pandemic after her boyfriend moved out and she fell behind on bills. Living in a car, the 34-year-old worries every day about getting money for food, finding somewhere to shower, and saving up enough money for an apartment where her three children can live with her again.

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Texas race tests abortion's resonance with Democratic voters

- Associated Press

The runoff has illustrated the uphill climb America's abortion rights movement faces this fall in mounting an all-out attack on opposing incumbents -- a challenge that is on display even here in a solidly Democratic region, to say nothing of the fight ahead in Republican-leaning districts.

Heard's lawyers try to poke holes in Depp's libel lawsuit

- Associated Press

Attorneys for actor Amber Heard spent much of last week trying to portray her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, as a jealous and drunken abuser who can only blame himself for his nose-diving Hollywood career.

Offices including secretary of state contested in Alabama

- Associated Press

The campaigns for U.S. Senate and governor have gotten the most attention leading up to Tuesday's primary in Alabama, but five other statewide races are on the ballot. With multiple candidates in some races, some nominations may not be decided until after runoff elections scheduled for June 21.

Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson departing from 'SNL'

Associated Press

Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson are among those departing from "Saturday Night Live," leaving the sketch institution without arguably its two most famous names after Saturday's 47th season finale.

Arizona governor OK's ban on school COVID-19 vaccines

- Associated Press

Arizona's Republican governor has signed legislation that will prevent state health officials from ever adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required school inoculations and bar face mask mandates in any buildings operated by state or local governments.

Weather Service team confirms EF-2 tornado hit SE Illinois

Associated Press

A tornado that produced winds of up to 115 mph (185 kilometers per hour) swept through two southeastern Illinois communities on Thursday, causing damage but no injuries before dissipating in Indiana, the National Weather Service has confirmed.