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More Americans identify as LGBT than ever before: Poll

nktwentythree/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A new poll has found that more adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender than ever before. According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, 5.6% of United States adults identify as LGBT. That’s up from 4.5%, based on the company’s 2017 data. In 2012, when Gallup began tracking the measure, that …

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Neighbor gives up COVID-19 vaccine appointment to stranger in need

ABCBy HALEY YAMADA and ERIC NOLL, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — As many struggle to get a vaccine appointment, two neighbors who met online found a way to help each other. Grandmother Emily Johnson of Austin, Texas, was in need of open-heart surgery, but her doctor said she had to have one vaccination before the operation. After spending hours on the …

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Texas doctor discusses firing over alleged COVID-19 vaccine theft: ‘I did what I believe was expected’

ABC NewsBy JOANNE ROSA, ABC News (HOUSTON) — Dr. Hasan Gokal defended his decision to give away COVID-19 vaccines that were on the verge of expiring even after he was fired from his job as medical director of the Harris County Public Health department in Texas over the decision. The Houston doctor said he had an open vial with 10 …

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Biden to make 25 million masks available at community health centers, food banks

Official White House Photo by Adam SchultzBy MOLLY NAGLE, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response team announced Wednesday it would make 25 million masks available to Americans at community health centers and food banks. “We will deliver more than 25 million masks across the country. These masks will be available in more than 1300 community health centers, …

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Spring-like weather across much of US, possible heavy snow in Rockies and parts of West

ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — It is starting to feel like spring from California to New York and around the rest of the country. Record high temperatures were broken on Tuesday in the San Francisco Bay area with Oakland reaching 84 degrees and Napa hitting 81. In Dallas, Texas, temperatures reached 81 degrees after being below …

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FAA orders inspections of some Boeing 777 engines after United failure

TommyIX/iStockBy MINA KAJI, ABC News (NEW YORK) — After an engine on a United 777 failed minutes after takeoff in Denver this past weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ordering operators to conduct high-tech inspections of all Boeing 777s powered by the same Pratt and Whitney engine that failed “before further flight.” More than 100 Boeing 777s are either …

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FAA orders inspections of some Boeing 777 engines after United failure

TommyIX/iStockBy MINA KAJI, ABC News (NEW YORK) — After an engine on a United 777 failed minutes after takeoff in Denver this past weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ordering operators to conduct high-tech inspections of all Boeing 777s powered by the same Pratt and Whitney engine that failed “before further flight.” More than 100 Boeing 777s are either …

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Massachusetts schools may soon return to full-time in-person learning

Oleksi Liskonih/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News (BOSTON) — Elementary school students in Massachusetts may return to in-person learning five days a week by April, education officials said Tuesday. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley announced Tuesday morning that he plans to ask for the authority to reverse pandemic education changes in March. “At some point as health …

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Ahmaud Arbery’s mother files federal lawsuit against 3 men accused of killing son

Kuzma/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News (AUGUSTA, Ga.) — The mother of Ahmaud Arbery filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that the three white Georgia men charged with murder in the death of her son were acting as surrogate police when they chased him down and shot him. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the U.S. …

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No charges filed against Rochester police officers involved in death of Daniel Prude

Prude FamilyBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — Charges will not be filed in the death of New York man Daniel Prude, who was seen on police body camera footage being pinned to the ground with a spit bag over his head. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that a grand jury voted not to indict any …

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