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Crossing the border into Peace Arch State Park from Canada, at left, entails stepping across a ditch. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Couples And Families Separated By U.S.-Canada Border Closure Find Oasis At Peace Arch Park

This coming Sunday, March 21, will mark one year since the U.S. and Canada closed their shared border to nonessential crossings due to the pandemic. It’s anybody’s guess when the border might reopen for discretionary trips. In the meantime, every weekend rain or shine, Peace Arch State Park in Blaine, Washington, becomes a happening meetup point for couples and families separated by the northern border. Continue Reading Couples And Families Separated By U.S.-Canada Border Closure Find Oasis At Peace Arch Park

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Pope Francis holds a mass to mark 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, on March 14, 2021 at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Marriages

The Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are, the Vatican said on Monday. The message, approved by Pope Francis, came in response to questions about whether the church should reflect the increasing social and legal acceptance of same-sex unions. Continue Reading Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Marriages

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The U.S. and U.S. Capitol Police flags were flown at half-staff after the death of officer Brian Sicknick. On Sunday, the FBI arrested two men who are accused of spraying chemicals on Sicknick and others. CREDIT: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

U.S. Arrests 2 Men, Saying They Sprayed Police, Including Brian Sicknick, During Capitol Attack

Two men have been arrested for allegedly spraying a chemical on Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and two other law enforcement officers, during the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Sicknick died one day later; officials have recently said they’re still determining what factors might have led to his death. Continue Reading U.S. Arrests 2 Men, Saying They Sprayed Police, Including Brian Sicknick, During Capitol Attack

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Sisters Seri Sedlacek, left, and Susan Simpkins look in on their father, Chuck Sedlacek, at the Life Care Center, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland. Shuksan Healthcare Center in Bellingham is working to avoid what happened at the Kirkland facility. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

4 Ways Our Understanding Of The Coronavirus Has Changed A Year Into The Pandemic

This month marks one year since the coronavirus pandemic swiftly upended daily life in the United States. In 2020, March brought about emergency declarations and indefinite school closures, followed by record unemployment claims and dozens of stay-at-home orders. By the end of the month, millions of people were either told to stay inside under lockdown or continue carrying out work deemed essential to keep society running. Continue Reading 4 Ways Our Understanding Of The Coronavirus Has Changed A Year Into The Pandemic

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President Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House Thursday, March 11, 2021. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden Sets Goal Of July 4th To ‘Mark Independence’ From Coronavirus

President Biden is aiming for the country to begin to find a degree of normalcy and begin to move on from the coronavirus pandemic by the July 4th holiday, Biden announced in his first prime-time address Thursday night from the White House on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. Continue Reading President Biden Sets Goal Of July 4th To ‘Mark Independence’ From Coronavirus

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Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith at the Connecticut State Capitol on Feb, 12, 2020. Smith is among three girls who sued to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. CREDIT: Pat Eaton-Robb/AP

What Started In Idaho Is Now A National Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights And Youth Sports

This year, state legislators have introduced 35 bills restricting transgender girls and women — that is, girls and women who were not assigned as female at birth — from playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans. That’s up from 29 bills last year and only 2 in 2019. Continue Reading What Started In Idaho Is Now A National Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights And Youth Sports

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