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New Zealand Approves Paid Leave After A Miscarriage

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| The policy will give parents the right to three days of paid leave when a pregnancy ends in stillbirth. "Their grief is not a sickness, it is a loss. And loss takes time," said the bill's initiator.

It 'Might Take Weeks' To Free Ship Stuck In Suez Canal, Salvage Company Says

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The CEO of the Dutch company Boskalis, which is working to dislodge the 1,300-foot-long ship, compared the vessel to "an enormous beached whale."

China Retaliates Against Clothing Brands After Western Sanctions

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Clothing companies H&M, Nike, and Adidas face boycotts for their refusal to use cotton from China's Xinjiang region.

The Pandemic Pushed People Outside And Now, Some Companies Hope They Stay There

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Millions of people headed outside for recreation during the pandemic, sparking a banner year for many outdoor gear companies. Now, those companies hope to lock in their newly expanded markets.

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Colorado Democrats Consider Ban On Assault Weapons After Mass Shooting

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After 10 people were killed at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., state Democrats say they're considering joining seven other states and D.C. by banning "assault-style" weapons.

Virginia Governor Signs Law Abolishing The Death Penalty, A 1st In The South

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, signed a ban on the death penalty in that state Wednesday, joining 22 other states.

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Equality Act Would Extend Civil Rights Laws To LGBTQ People Throughout U.S.

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South Carolina is one of about two dozen states that have few or no statewide LGBTQ protections. The federal Equality Act would change that, but some in the state say the bill goes too far.

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Alaskan Woman Spends Last Months Of Pregnancy In Isolation To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

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Women in Alaska's remote areas usually travel long distances to give birth, but the pandemic has made that difficult. Expectant mothers are spending the end of pregnancy alone in hospital-run housing.

St. Louis Pastors Encourage Black Congregations To Get Vaccinated

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St. Louis has asked Black clergy to encourage church members to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Pastors are preaching about it, talking it up at Bible study and even offering churches as vaccination sites.