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Water Cooler: How to celebrate Juneteenth

Americans have celebrated Juneteenth for more than 150 years, but Saturday marks the first time it will be celebrated as a federal holiday. If this year is your first time participating in Juneteenth celebrations, here is a little history.

To the beach! Spain opens borders to tourists, cruise ships

Spain jump-started its summer tourism season on Monday by welcoming vaccinated visitors from most countries as well as European tourists who can prove they are not infected with coronavirus. It also reopened its ports to cruise ships.

Summer travel forecast calls for longer waits, fewer choices

After a year of coronavirus lockdowns, the start of summer beckons with vacation plans made possible by relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. But a severe worker shortage brings a warning for travelers: Expect delays and pack a little patience.

Americans set another pandemic-era record for air travel

Americans set a record for pandemic-era air travel, then broke it again over the Mother's Day holiday weekend. The Transportation Security Administration said that slightly more than 1.7 million people were screened at airport checkpoints on Sunday, the highest number since March 2020, when travel was collapsing because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Water Cooler: St. Patrick’s Day history

St. Patrick’s Day is a national festival celebrated all over the world. Most Americans, of Irish heritage or not, celebrate the holiday each year. It may surprise you that the traditional celebrations associated with St. Patrick’s Day festivities are much more recent, despite the holiday being celebrated by the Irish for more than a thousand years.

Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave U.S. exposed

WASHINGTON — Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S.

Walmart sales still surging, but a chill may be on the way

Walmart is raising wages for 425,000 of its 1.5 million U.S. workers and is investing $14 billion this year to speed up its distribution network as the nation's largest retailer navigates vast industry changes that were accelerated by the pandemic.

Prelate blocked for months by Belarus resigns Minsk post

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday accepted the resignation of Minsk’ archbishop who had been blocked for months by Belarusian authorities from returning to his homeland after criticizing a crackdown on anti-government protesters there.

Eva Roberts’ Just Desserts: Spokane Valley small-business owner achieves success in long career, on ‘Holiday Baking Championship’

Eva Roberts opened her bakery Just American Desserts in Spokane Valley in 1986, and it’s safe to say in her 34 years as a small-business owner, 2020 has been one of the most memorable. Despite the pandemic, business has been strong for the diversified Just American Desserts, for which Roberts is very thankful (“We’ve been very lucky during the pandemic,” she said).

Eva Roberts’ Just American Desserts in Spokane Valley

Eva Roberts opened her bakery Just American Desserts in Spokane Valley in 1986, and it’s safe to say in her 34 years as a small-business owner, 2020 has been one of the most memorable. Despite the pandemic, business has been strong for the diversified Just American Desserts, for which Roberts is very thankful (“We’ve been very lucky during the pandemic,” she said).

Water Cooler: Give new year big family welcome

Being the last holiday of this year in quarantine and more adult-oriented anyway, it can be tough to think of ways to celebrate this New Year’s Eve at home with the family. However, if you harness a bit of creativity and teamwork, New Year’s Eve can be transformed into a fun family send-off for 2020.