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Jay Cossey (AP Photo/Mallory Wyatt) 

Nearly half of Americans over 65 will pay for some version of long-term health care, the landscape of which is quickly transitioning away from nursing homes and toward community living situations. An analysis by The Associated Press with the help of CNHI News finds Black Americans are less likely to use residential care communities and more likely to live in nursing homes. Experts say the reasons behind the disparity are complicated — like personal and cultural preferences and financial considerations.

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State Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File) 

The California Senate has passed a set of ambitious reparations proposals Tuesday. The bills would create an agency to help families research their family lineage, create a fund for reparations programs and compensate Black families for property the government unjustly seized from them. The bills are part of a slate of bills that were inspired by recommendations from a first-in-the-nation reparations task force.

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As of mid-May, Biden remains the only president to have appointed more women than men to the federal bench, with over 60 percent of his judges being female.

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Utah State University, Logan, Utah (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) 

Many high school students in the United States are sensitive to the ongoing climate crisis, and some are demanding more paths that allow them to work on solutions to the planet's warming. Colleges and universities are responding. Some have rebranded traditional sustainability and environmental science tracks as climate programs or degrees, while others are introducing and marketing climate centers and certificates to attract a wave of climate-minded students.

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A new Pew Research Center study, “An Early Look at Black Voters’ Views on Biden, Trump, and Election 2024,” highlighted this trend, showing that a majority of Black voters believe Biden possesses the qualities needed for another term.

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Celebrating 59 Years of Head Start (Photo: NNPA) 

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Over the years, numerous studies have shown that Head Start students and graduates have improved life circumstances, including better health and a greater likelihood of graduating high school and earning a college degree or post-secondary certificate or license.

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The National Rifle Association has characterized California’s Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety Act as an affront to the Constitution. But the reaction from the gun lobby and firearms manufactures may hint at something else: the impact that the measure, which is aimed at reducing gun violence, may have on sales.

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The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Karim Khan said Monday that he believes Netayahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip and Israel. The prosecutor must request the warrants from a pre-trial panel of three judges, who take on average two months to consider the evidence and determine if the proceedings can move forward

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Ed Dwight, America's first Black astronaut candidate, has finally made it to space 60 years later, flying with Jeff Bezos’ rocket company. The 90-year-old Dwight blasted off from West Texas with five other passengers on Sunday. Dwight was an Air Force pilot when President John F. Kennedy championed him as a NASA astronaut candidate. But he wasn’t picked. The trip made Dwight the record-holder for being oldest person in space.

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Two Democratic primaries for U.S. House seats in Oregon could help reveal whether the party’s voters are leaning more toward progressive or establishment factions in the state's 3rd and 5th Congressional Districts. Maxine Dexter in the 3rd District and Janelle Bynum in the 5th are highlighting their legislative experience. Meanwhile, Susheela Jayapal in the 3rd and Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the 5th are leaning into their progressive endorsements. The 3rd District is safe for Democrats, while the party is hoping to flip the Republican-held 5th

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