Story of the Week: Crime Concerns at 4-Year High Amid Surge in Violence

Amid a recent surge in violent crime and shootings, Americans' concerns about crime are at a four-year high. An ABC News / Washington Post poll conducted in June found that 59% of Americans believe crime is an “extremely” or “very” serious problem. At least 150 people were killed in...
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Story of the Week: Record Number of Job Openings, but Hiring Slower Than Expected

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 9.3 million job openings this week, the highest amount since it began tracking the number in 2000 and a good sign for the economy's COVID-19 recovery. Despite this, hiring is lagging behind; the economy added 559,000 jobs in May , more than double...
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Story of the Week: New COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Continue to Fall in US

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wind down in the United States as vaccination rates rise and communities ease their public health restrictions. The seven-day average numbers of new cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. are all at their lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic...
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Story of the Week: CDC Says Vaccinated People Usually Don't Need Masks Outside

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines on Tuesday regarding mask-wearing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying vaccinated people can go maskless outside in most situations...
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/Story of the Week: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty On All Charges In George Floyd's Death

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. On Tuesday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide protests and riots against racism and police shootings...
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Story of the Week: White House Advances COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts, Developing Standards for 'Vaccine Passports'

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Biden administration is working with the private sector to develop standards for proof-of-vaccination credentials, informally referred to by some as vaccine "passports." Such credentials could potentially be...
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Story of the Week: Mass Shootings Revive Debates on Gun Control, Racism

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. A series of shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 17 that left eight people dead was followed by another mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado on Monday in which 10 people were killed. The Atlanta shooting sparked...
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Story of the Week: Vaccine Outlook Improves; Some States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. will now have enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate all adults by the end of May, two months sooner than the previously-predicted July. Amid that expansion and...
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Story of the Week: Supreme Court Issues Key Decisions

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Supreme Court met at the end of last week on several matters, and made two key decisions. It voted to allow the Manhattan, N.Y. district attorney to pursue former President Donald Trump's tax returns, and it...
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