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Vanessa Williams to honor Juneteenth at July 4 festivities

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NEW YORK — When Vanessa Williams hosts this year’s televised Capitol Fourth celebration, she will not only honor the nation’s traditional independence day, but...

July 4, Juneteenth and the meaning of national holidays

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NEW YORK — On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally endorsed the Declaration of Independence. Celebrations began within days: parades and public readings,...

Southern Indiana US Courts to observe Juneteenth on Friday

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INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will be closed Friday in a delayed observance of the new Juneteenth...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

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A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though...

Storm expected to be another blow to Gulf Coast businesses

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NEW ORLEANS — A weekend that was supposed to be filled with celebrations of Juneteenth and Father’s Day has turned dreary in coastal Louisiana...

Federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off

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NEW YORK — The declaration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is putting the pressure on more U.S. companies to give their employees the...

Lawmakers mark Juneteenth with talk of ‘abolition amendment’

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As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring when the last enslaved Black people learned they were free, lawmakers are reviving...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday, a move that...

Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

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WASHINGTON — The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. ...

EXPLAINER: The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday

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The U.S. government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with...