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Residents in low-lying areas of Hancock County move their vehicles, lawn mowers, ATVs and boats to higher ground in Waveland, Miss., as a tropical system approaches Friday, June 18, 2021.  Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The poorly organized disturbance was located Friday morning about 255 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Gulf coast eyes strong but disorganized tropical weather

Residents in low-lying areas of Hancock County move their vehicles, lawn mowers, ATVs and boats to higher ground in Waveland, Miss., as a tropical system approaches Friday, June 18, 2021.  Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The poorly organized disturbance was located Friday morning about 255 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana.

June 18, 2021, 12:02pm Nation & World

MIAMI — Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the central Gulf Coast as early as Friday and throughout the weekend. Read story

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a clinical lab scientist processes upper respiratory samples from patients suspected of having COVID-19 at a laboratory  in Palo Alto, Calif. On Friday, June 18, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting the new COVID-19 variants were named after brain wave frequencies. Both virus variants and brain wave frequencies are named using letters from the Greek alphabet. But the names have no connection.

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

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a clinical lab scientist processes upper respiratory samples from patients suspected of having COVID-19 at a laboratory  in Palo Alto, Calif. On Friday, June 18, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting the new COVID-19 variants were named after brain wave frequencies. Both virus variants and brain wave frequencies are named using letters from the Greek alphabet. But the names have no connection.

June 18, 2021, 10:24am Nation & World

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: Read story

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County, Ark., Sheriff's Office shows Arkansas resident Richard Barnett, who posed for photos with his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Barnett has asked a federal judge to allow him to travel for a classic-car swap meet for work.

Judge: No car show trip for man arrested in Capitol riot

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County, Ark., Sheriff's Office shows Arkansas resident Richard Barnett, who posed for photos with his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Barnett has asked a federal judge to allow him to travel for a classic-car swap meet for work.

June 18, 2021, 10:19am Nation & World

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said he won't allow an Arkansas man arrested after he was photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot to travel for a classic-car swap meet. Read story

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Kim ordered his government to be fully prepared for confrontation with the Biden administration, state media reported Friday, June 18, days after the United States and other major powers urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified.

North Korea’s Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with U.S.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Kim ordered his government to be fully prepared for confrontation with the Biden administration, state media reported Friday, June 18, days after the United States and other major powers urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified.

June 18, 2021, 8:42am Nation & World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the Biden administration — but more for confrontation — state media reported Friday, days after the United States and others urged the North to abandon its nuclear program… Read story

FILE -- In this Saturday, March 23, 2019 file photo, displaced families arrive after being rescued by boat from a flooded area of Buzi district, 200 kilometers (120 miles) outside Beira, Mozambique. The U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi said Friday June 17, 2021, that conflicts and the impact of climate change in places like Mozambique were among the leading sources of new flows of refugees and internally displaced people in 2020.

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID crisis

FILE -- In this Saturday, March 23, 2019 file photo, displaced families arrive after being rescued by boat from a flooded area of Buzi district, 200 kilometers (120 miles) outside Beira, Mozambique. The U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi said Friday June 17, 2021, that conflicts and the impact of climate change in places like Mozambique were among the leading sources of new flows of refugees and internally displaced people in 2020.

June 18, 2021, 8:42am Nation & World

GENEVA — War, violence, persecution, human rights violations and other factors caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis restricted movement worldwide, the U.N. refugee agency said in a report Friday. Read story

FILE - In this May 26, 2021 file photo, tents and shacks cover land designated for a Petrobras refinery, called the "First of May Refugee Camp," which refers to the date the squatters camp sprung up amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. As Brazil hurtles toward an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000, President Jair Bolsonaro has waged a campaign to downplay the virus's seriousness and keep the economy humming.

Brazil still debating dubious virus drug amid 500,000 deaths

FILE - In this May 26, 2021 file photo, tents and shacks cover land designated for a Petrobras refinery, called the "First of May Refugee Camp," which refers to the date the squatters camp sprung up amid the new coronavirus pandemic, in Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. As Brazil hurtles toward an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000, President Jair Bolsonaro has waged a campaign to downplay the virus's seriousness and keep the economy humming.

June 18, 2021, 8:40am Nation & World

BRASILIA, Brazil — As Brazil hurtles toward an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000 — second-highest in the world — science is on trial inside the country and the truth is up for grabs. Read story

A roofer works on a new roof in a housing development while the sun beats down on him as the heat wave continues Thursday in Phoenix. (Ross D.

What’s behind the heat wave in the American West?

A roofer works on a new roof in a housing development while the sun beats down on him as the heat wave continues Thursday in Phoenix. (Ross D.

June 18, 2021, 8:38am Latest News

PHOENIX — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer. Read story

Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan's National Reconciliation Council, gestures as he talks to The Associated Press following an interview on the sidelines of a diplomatic forum in Antalya, Turkey, Friday, June 18, 2021. Abdullah expressed concerns hat the Taliban will have no interest in a political settlement with the U.S.-supported government in Kabul following the departure of U.S. and NATO forces. By Sept. 11 at the latest, around 2,300-3,500 remaining U.S. troops and roughly 7,000 allied NATO forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan,, ending nearly 20 years of military engagement.

Afghan peace envoy fears pullout will embolden Taliban

Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan's National Reconciliation Council, gestures as he talks to The Associated Press following an interview on the sidelines of a diplomatic forum in Antalya, Turkey, Friday, June 18, 2021. Abdullah expressed concerns hat the Taliban will have no interest in a political settlement with the U.S.-supported government in Kabul following the departure of U.S. and NATO forces. By Sept. 11 at the latest, around 2,300-3,500 remaining U.S. troops and roughly 7,000 allied NATO forces are scheduled to leave Afghanistan,, ending nearly 20 years of military engagement.

June 18, 2021, 8:37am Nation & World

ANTALYA, Turkey — The Afghan government’s chief peace envoy expressed fears on Friday that the Taliban will have no interest in a political settlement with the U.S.-supported administration in Kabul after the scheduled departure of American and NATO forces. Read story

FILE - In this Thursday, May 27, 2021 file photo, Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto speaks with the media in Lisbon. A European Union envoy says Ethiopia's leaders told him in closed-door talks earlier this year that "they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years." The envoy, Pekka Haavisto, Finland's foreign minister, says such an aim "looks for us like ethnic cleansing." Haavisto spoke in a question-and-answer session Tuesday, June 15 with a European Parliament committee.

EU envoy: Ethiopian leadership vowed to ‘wipe out’ Tigrayans

FILE - In this Thursday, May 27, 2021 file photo, Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto speaks with the media in Lisbon. A European Union envoy says Ethiopia's leaders told him in closed-door talks earlier this year that "they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years." The envoy, Pekka Haavisto, Finland's foreign minister, says such an aim "looks for us like ethnic cleansing." Haavisto spoke in a question-and-answer session Tuesday, June 15 with a European Parliament committee.

June 18, 2021, 8:36am Nation & World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia’s leaders in closed-door talks with a European Union special envoy earlier this year said “they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years,” the envoy said this week, warning that such an aim “looks for us like ethnic cleansing.” Read story

FILE - This updated handout photo provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, shows a signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation. The rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln and then-Secretary of State William Seward will be displayed when Illinois lawmakers sign a Juneteenth holiday into law. Illinois became the latest state to make Juneteenth an official state holiday as Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure Wednesday, June 16, 2021, near the signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Story of the Juneteenth holiday

FILE - This updated handout photo provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, shows a signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation. The rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln and then-Secretary of State William Seward will be displayed when Illinois lawmakers sign a Juneteenth holiday into law. Illinois became the latest state to make Juneteenth an official state holiday as Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure Wednesday, June 16, 2021, near the signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

June 17, 2021, 6:37pm Nation & World

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 a day called “Juneteenth.” Read story