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NEW YORK (AP) — The White House abandoned social distancing for reporters attending President Donald Trump's Rose Garden event Friday because “it looks better,” according to the aide who ordered it.

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FILE - This Nov. 17, 2019 file photo shows Kanye West on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. West has donated $2 million dollars to support the families and legal teams for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. A representative for the rapper confirmed that some o…

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FILE - This June 22, 2019 file photo shows the exterior of the New York Times building in New York. Some staff members at The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer called in sick to protest editorial decisions they found insensitive about protests over George Floyd's death.

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FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cotton wrote in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday, June 2, that local law enforcement needs the backu…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Some staffers at The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer called in sick Thursday to protest decisions at each newspaper they believe were insensitive in the midst of nationwide protests about police mistreatment of black Americans.

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FILE - This March 11, 2019 file photo shows Gabrielle Union at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Kickoff in Pasadena, Calif. Union has filed a complaint with the state of California over her firing from “America’s Got Talent." The complaint filed Thursday says NBC and the show's producers…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union filed a complaint Thursday with the state of California against NBC and the producers of “America’s Got Talent," the latest move in a fight over her allegations that she was fired for objecting to an on-set environment that tolerated racism.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House.

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In this grab taken from video on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gestures during a video address to leavers at the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. The Duchess of Sussex has shared her sadness about racial divisions in the United States, telling students at…

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LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has shared her sadness about racial divisions in the United States, telling students at her former high school that she felt moved to speak out because the life of George Floyd mattered.

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FILE - In this July 17, 2009 file photo, legal scholar Xu Zhiyong, is seen at a meeting in Beijing, China. Zhiyong, a prominent Chinese activist and legal scholar detained by the government earlier this year, is being honored by PEN America. The literary and human rights organization announc…

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This combination photo shows Miranda Lambert performing at the 2017 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. on June 8, 2017, from left, Darius Rucker performing at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., on June 14, 2015 and Luke Combs performing at the 54th annual Academy of Country Musi…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars highlighted the heroic work of citizens and communities around the country who were coming together to help each other in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic during the "CMT Celebrates Our Heroes" TV special.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Just two days before it was to begin streaming, “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme," a documentary about the hip-hop improv group with Lin-Manuel Miranda and friends, has postponed its release out of solidarity with protesters.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Journalists alarmed by dozens of incidents where reporters were shot at, manhandled, gassed or arrested while covering demonstrations touched off by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd are fighting back legally.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Jay Friedman, an Oscar-nominated screenplay writer and popular playwright and author known for the wry comedy and subtle pathos of such novels as “Stern” and “About Harry Towns” and for his scripts for “Splash” and “Stir Crazy," has died at age 90.

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FILE - In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a message on the ticket window at the AMC Burbank 16 movie theaters complex informs potential customers that it is currently closed in Burbank, Calif. AMC says its business is suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic and it may not survive. All …

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Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet.

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Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux, left, festival president Pierre Lescure, sit during the presentation of the festival lineup, in an empty cinema Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Paris. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled due to the pandemic but it announced the films that would have pla…

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Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux, center, festival president Pierre Lescure, right, and journalist Laurent Weil talk during the presentation of the festival lineup, in an empty cinema Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Paris. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled due to the pandemic but it a…

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Festival director Thierry Fremaux, left, and festival president Pierre Lescure pose Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Paris. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled due to the pandemic but it will announce the films that would have played at the French Riviera festival. Those films, festival organize…

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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019 file photo, singer Amy Grant performs during the Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Grant has had open heart surgery to fix a heart condition she has had since birth. A publicist for the singer said doctors discovered the condition during a routine checkup. Grant is…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A publicist for Amy Grant says the contemporary Christian singer had open heart surgery on Wednesday to fix a heart condition she has had since birth.

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A member of the media takes a picture of 15th century painting "Doni Tondo" by Michelangelo Buonarroti, during a press tour of the Uffizi museum on the day off its reopening, in Florence, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due t…

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Visitors arrive on the reopening day of the Uffizi museum, in Florence, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Visitors admire "The School of Athens" fresco by Italian Renaissance artist Raphael inside the Vatican Museum after it reopened, in Rome, Monday, June 1, 2020. The Vatican Museums reopened Monday to visitors after three months of shutdown following COVID-19 containment measures.

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Visitors arrive on the reopening day of the Uffizi museum, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Vatican Museums Scientific Curator Guido Cornini points at the feminine figure, left, known as 'Allegory of Justice' as he speaks to reporters in the Constantine Hall at the Vatican Museums, Wednesday, May 3, 2020.The Vatican Museums announced last month that after restorations they have det…

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An oil painted feminine figure, known as 'Allegory of Friendship', right, is seen as part of a fresco depicting pope Clemens I in the Constantine Hall at the Vatican Museums, Wednesday, May 3, 2020.The Vatican Museums announced last month that after restorations they have determined that two…

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A feminine figure painted in oil and known as 'Allegory of Friendship', right, is seen as part of a fresco depicting pope Clemens I in the Constantine Hall at the Vatican Museums, Wednesday, May 3, 2020.The Vatican Museums announced last month that after restorations they have determined tha…

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A man operates a temperature scanner as visitors arrive on the reopening day of the Uffizi museum, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Vatican Museums director Barbara Jatta speaks to the media as she stands in front of Raphael's oil painted feminine figure known as 'Allegory of Justice', left, in the Constantine Hall at the Vatican Museums, Wednesday, May 3, 2020.The Vatican Museums announced last month that after restorat…

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Vatican Museums Barbara Jatta speaks to the media as she stands in front of Raphael's oil on canvas altarpieces, from left, the Madonna of Foligno, the Transfiguration, and the Incarnation of the virgin, at the Vatican Museums, Wednesday, May 3, 2020.The Vatican Museums announced last month …

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People walk in an unusually uncrowded historical Piazza della Signoria square, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Visitors arrive on the reopening day of the Uffizi museum, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Visitors arrive on the reopening day of the Uffizi museum, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Visitors arrive on the reopening day of the Uffizi museum, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Uffizi museum director Eike Schmidt, center, looks at the first visitors arriving on the reopening day of the museum, in Florence, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Uffizi museum reopened to the public after over two months of closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

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The Ponte Vecchio Old Bridge is seen through a window of the Uffizi Gallery museum, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Italy opened regional and international borders Wednesday in the final phase of easing its long coronavirus lockdown.

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The Uffizi Galleries, the most-visited museum in Italy, is open after three months of COVID-19 lockdown, delighting art lovers who don’t have to jostle with throngs of tourists thanks to new social distancing rules.

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FILE - This April 30, 2019 file photo shows actress Lea Michele at The Hollywood Reporter's Empowerment in Entertainment Gala in Los Angeles. Michele has apologized for being “unnecessarily difficult” on the set of the musical TV show "Glee" after a black co-star accused Michele of making he…