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Michigan governor closes indoor bars, allows to-go cocktails

Michigan governor closes indoor bars, allows to-go cocktails

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she was closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a college town where one brewpub has been linked to about 140 infections.
Citing racial bias, San Francisco will end mug shots release

Citing racial bias, San Francisco will end mug shots release

San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city's police chief announced Wednesday.
Russian voters agree to let Putin seek 2 more terms

Russian voters agree to let Putin seek 2 more terms

MOSCOW — Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters
NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

NEW YORK — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be delayed out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the for
Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

BERLIN — The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died. He was 96.
France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

PARIS — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya.
US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending fell 2.1% in May with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the May decline followed an even larger 3.5% fall in April.
Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

DENVER — A pistol-packing restaurant owner who has expressed support for a far-right conspiracy theory has upset five-term U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado's primary elections.
Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking

Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking

ANKARA, Turkey — Up to 60 migrants may have been trapped in a boat that sank in an eastern lake last week, Turkey’s interior minister said Wednesday.