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a sunrise

Summer officially arrives with the earliest solstice in more than 2 centuries

The summer solstice — the exact moment when Earth’s north pole is most tilted towards the sun — happens at 12:51 p.m. Alaska time Thursday.
an insurrection

Colorado’s Supreme Court disqualified Trump from the state ballot. What happens now?

It's the first time a state high court has found that a ban on insurrectionist candidates applies to both Donald Trump and the presidency itself.
a wildfire

At least 53 people have died in hurricane-fueled wildfires in Maui

Biden's declaration will provide federal funding for recovery. Hawaii's lieutenant governor says it could take years to rebuild the damaged infrastructure.
Chicago wildfire haze

Air quality plummets as Canadian wildfire smoke stretches across the Midwest

Smoke from wildfires in Canada is again blanketing parts of the U.S. with a thick haze that's prompting air quality warnings in several states.
James Cameron

‘Titanic’ director says Titan passengers probably knew submersible was in trouble

Filmmaker and marine explorer James Cameron said he suspected all week that the Titan had imploded on Sunday near the Titanic's wreck.
a police car and ambulence

Trump has arrived in New York for his arraignment. What’s next?

The former president will spend Monday night at Trump Tower before his surrender and arraignment on Tuesday, when the historic charges against him will be unsealed.
a Chinese surveillance balloon

Chinese surveillance balloon passes over Alaska, Montana

U.S. officials said the balloon flew over the Aleutian Islands and through Canada before it was spotted over Billings, Montana.
shopper walk around outside, a few in face masks

A new dominant omicron strain in the U.S. is driving up cases — and reinfections

BA.5 is now the dominant omicron strain in the U.S. It's good at evading the immune system, though doesn't appear to cause more serious illness.
the capitol building with a blue sky

The Senate gun bill would close the ‘boyfriend loophole.’ Here’s what that means.

Federal law prevents some convicted domestic abusers from owning a gun, depending on their relationship to the victim. The new gun safety bill would expand that definition to include dating partners.
A very large moon seen over Washington, D.C.

A strawberry supermoon will rise on Tuesday. Here’s how to watch

June's full moon gets its nickname from the strawberry harvesting season in the Northeastern U.S. It also happens to be at its closest distance to Earth in its orbit, which makes it a supermoon.
a memorial around a school sign

The Uvalde school massacre lasted at least 40 minutes

Local and state officials in Texas release more information, while Americans across the nation continue to express shock and grief at the massacre.
A woman in front of a flag and library of books

What to know about Judge Kathryn Mizelle, who struck down the travel mask mandate

Mizelle was nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2020 at age 33. The American Bar Association said at the time she wasn't qualified because she hadn't been practicing law for long enough.
Biden speaks at a podium

The U.S. keeps turning to sanctions despite their mixed record

President Biden announced more sanctions on Russia's military and economy over its invasion of Ukraine. Sanctions have become a favored tool in presidents' arsenals, but they don't always work.
Crumpled cars, metal beams and other signs of destruction.

The exact link between tornadoes and climate change is hard to draw. Here’s why.

The link between tornadoes, like the deadly ones that hit the Midwest over the weekend, and climate change isn't as clear as it is for other extreme weather events, though scientists say the clues are there.
Travelers wear masks and wheel suitcases at an airport.

A 3rd U.S. case of the omicron variant is reported in Colorado

Colorado health officials say the case was identified in a resident who tested positive after traveling to southern Africa. Another case of the variant was reported in Minnesota earlier Thursday.