How the Pandemic Has Affected Passports, Global Entry, T.S.A. PreCheck and More

After three months of travel at a near-standstill, restrictions are slowly lifting and travelers are venturing out again. On Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 544,000 people, a daily record since traveler numbers plummeted in late March. However, disruptions caused by the pandemic go beyond just airports and travel bans. Nearly two million…

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Brazil Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases, Adding 54,000 in a Day

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA popular shopping street in São Paulo, Brazil, on Friday.Credit…Amanda Perobelli/Reuters Brazil passes one million cases after reporting a one-day total of more than 54,000. Brazil on Friday became the second country to pass one million coronavirus cases, recording a staggering 54,771 cases in the past 24 hours —…

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The 1865 Handwritten Order Marking Juneteenth Has Been Found

Archivists in Washington, D.C., made a timely discovery this week: the original handwritten Union Army record of an order that brought emancipation to enslaved people in Texas at the end of the Civil War. General Order No. 3 was read aloud by a Union officer, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, in Galveston on June 19, 1865,…

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Leo Sheng, a Trans Activist Who Stars in ‘The L Word’

Name: Leo Sheng Age: 24 Hometown: Born in Hunan, China and raised in Ypsilanti, Mich. Now lives: In a four-bedroom house in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles that he shares with roommates. Claim to fame: Mr. Sheng is a Chinese-American actor and transgender activist who stars in “The L Word: Generation Q,” a reboot…

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Will You Take My Hand?

Riana Pfefferkorn once considered marriage “a pit that’s easy to fall into and hard to crawl back out of.” “Why pay a lot for a wedding, and more for the divorce, for something that might end in tears?” said Ms. Pfefferkorn, 38, a native of the Bay Area. “Better to stay single and have an…

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Love Letter: Phobic About Father’s Day

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] Father’s Day isn’t always a happy occasion. There are many children and adults for which this holiday reminds them of the absence of a father or father figure. In this week’s Modern Love essay,…

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It Was the Thought That Counted

“Tell me what you’re thinking?” For as long as she can remember, Katie Rappaport has enjoyed asking that question whenever she noticed that a family member or friend had drifted into deep thought. “It’s a great conversation starter, just ask James,” said Ms. Rappaport, 33, a creative director in New York for Condé Nast. She…

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A Long Revered Relic Is Found to Be Europe’s Oldest Surviving Wooden Statue

ROME — For centuries, in a picturesque Tuscan town near the Mediterranean coast, legions of pilgrims came to venerate one of Christendom’s most treasured relics — an eight-foot-tall wooden crucifix known as the “Volto Santo de Lucca.” According to the legend, “The Holy Face of Lucca” had been sculpted by a divine hand and remained…

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Summer Preview

Hello, it’s Emily, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. As of tomorrow, summer is here. The local gems of the season aren’t, though, at least not where I am in the Northeast — no corn, no tomatoes, no blueberries, not yet. But aren’t you ready to eat them anyway? I am ready to eat them…

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