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Supreme Court rejects Republican-led challenge to Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON (NBC News) – The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Thursday that the Affordable Care Act remains valid, rejecting a claim by a group of conservative states that a recent change to the law made it unconstitutional. Republicans have long opposed the law, former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, NBC News reports. But more than 20 million Americans now depend on it for their health insurance. There is broad public support for its requirement that insurance companies cover pre-existing health conditions. The law’s challengers, 18 red states led by Texas, urged...

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Japan to ease COVID-19 restrictions as country prepares for 2020 Olympics

TOKYO / AP — Japanese officials announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins final preparations for the Olympics. Japan has struggled since late March with a COVID-19 case spike that has proven difficult to curb. The new infections were propelled by more contagious variants, with new daily cases soaring above 7,000 at one point and seriously ill patients straining hospitals in Tokyo, Osaka and other areas, health officials said. Experts at a virus panel meeting Thursday gave their...

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House votes to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make Juneteenth a national federal holiday, 415-14, and Democrats hope President Joe Biden will sign the measure into law by Saturday. The June 19 holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. is already celebrated as a state or ceremonial holiday in 47 states and the District of Columbia. When the measure is signed into law, June 19 will become the country’s 11th federal holiday, NBC News reports. The House bill’s sponsor, Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said it’s “been a long journey,” but “we’re...

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Charter boat captains file lawsuit to stop government GPS tracking regulations

FORT MYERS, Fla.– The federal government already tracks commercial fishermen but now they want to start keeping close tabs on charter boats by using a GPS monitoring system. Charter boat captains are feeling a little violated arguing they will have to give up privacy if the federal government is allowed to track them in the Gulf of Mexico. Six captains are challenging this new requirement and a judge has ruled the matter can proceed as a class action lawsuit. Charter captains are already required to chart their course for The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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LIVE NOW: Biden and Putin meet in Switzerland for summit

LAKE GENEVA, Switzerland — President Joe Biden convenes the highest-stakes talks of his long career Wednesday when he joins Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a summit, an encounter set to test his decades of experience on the world stage. LIVE NOW — The post LIVE NOW: Biden and Putin meet in Switzerland for summit appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Peloton exercise bike could be vulnerable to hackers

A security company said it was able to hack into the popular Peloton exercise bikes and even access users’ cameras, NBC News reports. McAfee, a computer security company, said they used a USB drive loaded with malware to hack into the internet-connected “Bike Plus” alerting to the vulnerability on the bikes. Experts said, Pelotons in public spaces were at the highest risk of being hacked since hackers would need access to the bike. The malware allowed the security company to access the bike’s camera, NBC News reports. The post Peloton exercise bike could be vulnerable...

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Philanthropist Mackenzie Scott donates millions to 3 Florida schools

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)— Mackenzie Scott donated $40 million dollars each to Florida Atlantic University and The University of Central Florida. She also made a gift to Broward Community College in South Florida. The former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made the donations on Tuesday. Each of the universities have a history of promoting social mobility and educating students from from communities traditionally underserved by higher education, as reported by the AP. The donations were made without any restrictions on their use, according to school officials. Scott’s donation was the...

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Head of the ‘worlds biggest family’ dead at 76

MIZORAM, India / CNN — The head of what may be the world’s biggest family has died in India, according to the director of the hospital where he was being treated. Ziona, who went only by his first name, died on Sunday at the age of 76. He had 38 wives and 89 children, according to a tweet from Zoramthanga, the chief minister of Mizoram, the northeastern Indian state where Ziona lived. The patriarch belonged to a Christian tribal sect that promotes polygamy as God’s will. Polygamy is illegal in India under the country’s penal code. There is an exception under the code...

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Wasabi the Pekingese wins Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show

(CNN) — A Pekingese named Wasabi won Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday. The reserve slot, or runner-up, was given to Bourbon the whippet. The Westminster Dog Show is the second-oldest continuous sporting event in the United States, after the Kentucky Derby. It has run through world wars, previous pandemics and economic depressions. Last year, amid the pandemic, the event was moved to June. The competition was held at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. It was the first time the competition has taken place outside of New York’s...

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Airplane found at bottom of lake could solve 56-year-old aviation mystery

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. / CNN — Workers testing underwater surveying equipment said they found a small airplane deep underwater in California’s Folsom Lake — and they may have solved a 56-year-old aviation mystery. Sonar images show the outline of the plane that has since been covered in a thick layer of silt, about 160 feet below the lake’s surface, Seafloor Systems environmental technician Jeff Riley said. The sonar was able to detect the wreckage because water levels at Folsom Lake are low because of the extreme drought conditions plaguing much of the Western United States....

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